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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

GTL Program Information

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/gtl/info.html

Program PhilosophyAn elementary school student presents in front of his  class while  the teacher watches

We believe that teacher candidates who enter our programs will be excellent teacher leaders. From day one, our candidates are treated like teachers; they are called teacher candidates and held to high expectations. We believe in the value of focusing on the candidates’ strengths and mentoring each one of them throughout the program, providing guidance and support. Not only is this mentoring provided by academic advisors but by teams of professionals, ranging from university field experience mentors to K-12 mentor teachers, program faculty and peer teacher candidates. Another component of our philosophy is authenticity in learning experiences. We believe in ongoing assessment, just-in-time instruction focused on real learning opportunities in the schools through extended field experiences and timely reflection on teaching experiences. Authenticity is also reflected in the faculty’s investment in instructional excellence, research, and scholarship in education. All learning takes place in small professional learning communities that provide the structure for synergy and innovation.

Licensure Areas

You can obtain a MN teaching license in the following content areas:

K-12 Licensure Areas

  • Dance
  • English as a Second Language
  • Physical Education
    • Developmental Adapted Physical Education
  • World Languages and Cultures
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music and Instrumental Music

5-12 Licensure Content Areas

  • Business Education (articulation with Winona)
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Life Science
    • Physics
  • Social Studies

Advising

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor from the Department of K-12 and Secondary Programs. In addition, students will work closely with the faculty member assigned to the content area ([PDF] pdf (31 KiB) or [DOC] doc (60 KiB)) of focus. During field experiences, students will be mentored by specifically assigned university field experience mentors, the K-12 mentor teachers, and the university faculty.

Course Descriptions & Schedule

In addition to the following education courses (Tuesday evenings, 5:00 - 9:00 pm), you will take content area courses as determined by your content area faculty member ([PDF] pdf (31 KiB) or [DOC] doc (60 KiB)).

Throughout Program

Course Number

Title

Course Description

KSP 674 (1) (1 cr) Professional Seminar Candidates are required to participate in various field experiences throughout their teacher licensure program. The field experiences will provide opportunities for candidates to put theory into practice in a K-12 or 5-12 environment. During field experiences candidates will become familiar with specific school-related issues, strategies to assist student in learning and apply strategies to help students study and learn within the classroom environment. Prior to this first experience candidates will need to complete a background check.

Semester 1

Course Number

Title

Course Description

KSP 603

(3 crs)

Human Relations in a Muliticultural Society

Theories of human development with a concentrated study of cognitive development, applied to learning in the multicultural and inclusive classroom.

KSP 605

(3 crs)

Human Development and Learning

This course is intended to prepare future educators and enhance the knowledge of present educators and counselors. The focus of this course is to provide foundational knowledge on physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development enhancing learning development of youth in grades 5-12.

Semester 2

Course Number

Title

Course Description

KSP 600

(2 crs)

Media Utilization for Secondary Education

Instructional media used in the secondary classroom is demonstrated and used by
the students. Resource selection and evaluation is stressed. Electronic media,
computer aided instruction, telecommunications, and standard classroom media
applications are stressed. Ethical issues of copyright discussed.

KSP 608

(3 crs)

Planning, Instruction, and Evaluation in the Classroom

This course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 pre-service teachers through the design and implementation of a standards-based curriculum form the analysis of standards, designing performance packages base upon the standard, designing a course, and pedagogical methods.

Semester 3

Course Number

Title

Course Description

KSP 607

(3 crs)

Creating Learning Environments to Engage Children, Families, and Communities

This course is designed to provide inexperienced and experienced educators with
greater insight into the unique position of the middle school in the U.S. system of
public education. Throughout the course students will explore topics of concern
regarding middle school education.

KSP 669

(3 crs)

Planning, Instruction and Evaluation in the Secondary School

This course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 pre-service teachers through the design and implementation of a standards-based curriculum form the analysis of standards, designing performance packages base upon the standard, designing a course, and pedagogical methods.

Semester 4

Course Number

Title

Course Description

KSP 660

(8 crs)

Practicum

Student Teaching

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