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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

KSP Undergraduate Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/ugrad/faqs.html

How many credits are needed to complete the program?A female student is reading an MSU brochure

What is the application deadline?

How much does the program cost?

Where do I go for Financial Aid?

What are the GPA/admission requirements?

Can I take any courses Pass/No Pass?

How do I get admitted to a major?

What is the MTLE?

How and when do I take other licensure tests for my teaching degree?

What content course work will I need to complete?

Will any of the courses or coursework be offered on-line?

Will I need to complete field experience in the K-12 setting?

What do I need to do for student teaching?

I am graduating. How do I get my teacher license?

Who is my advisor?


How many credits are needed to complete the program?

There is a total of 30 professional education credits. 18 credits of coursework prior to student teaching and 1 credit of seminar + 11 credits of student teaching your final semester at MSU. Credits needed to complete your content area requirements will be determined by your content area advisor.

What is the application deadline?

Applications to professional education are made during Level 1 (In KSP 220/222).

How much does the program cost?

MSU Mankato is one of the most affordable universities in the state! Please see tuition rates at http://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/tuition_fees/

Where do I go for Financial Aid?

Campus Hub, Main Level of Centennial Student Union
http://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/programs/
507-389-1866
Student Financial Services
Minnesota State University, Mankato
120 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

What are the GPA/admission requirements?

A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in your current undergraduate study. However we encourage stronger GPAs to make you highly competitive in your job applications. Coursework in professional education requires a grade of "C" or better.

Can I take any courses Pass/No Pass?

Grades are required in all professional education coursework except courses that are offered on a P/N basis only.

How do I get admitted to a major?

Admission to major is granted by the academic department in which the student proposes to major.

What is the MTLE?

The MTLE is a new series of three licensure exams you will need to pass before getting your teaching license. The College of Education has been working to develop and/or obtain study guides and information on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE). We have located study guides from other states that offer a similar exam to the MTLE. However, please understand that this a starting point and there will be some differences between their exam and the MTLE. The information has been placed on the following website: http://ed.mnsu.edu/advising/mtle.html. On the site you’ll find testing strategies and preparing for the MTLE.

For additional information on preparing or remediation for the MTLE please visit the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLEs) Library Guide at: http://libguides.mnsu.edu/mtle

How and when do I take other licensure tests for my teaching degree?

Other licensure tests are generally completed the semester prior to student teaching. You will have a licensure test in your Content Area as well as in Pedagogy.

What content course work will I need to complete?

You will work with your content area faculty advisor to help you determine the types of content course work needed for licensure.

Will any of the courses or coursework be offered on-line?

Most of your courses will meet face-to-face but will also have an online component. There is an in-class field experience each semester.

Will I need to complete field experience in the K-12 setting?

Candidates are required to actively participate in K-12 field experiences throughout the Teacher Licensure Program. The field experiences are integrated throughout the program and require that each candidate spend time each semester in the K-12 setting during normal school hours (8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday - Friday). Candidates need to make plans to participate in final field experience and student teaching. Field experiences 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 learning and apply strategies to help students study and learn within the classroom environment. Prior to this experience, candidates will need to complete a background check.

What do I need to do for student teaching?

Application for Student Teaching

I am graduating. How do I get my teacher license?

Application for MN Teaching License

Who is my advisor?

You will be assigned an advisor in your content area (major). In addition, the KSP department provides scheduled advising sessions at least two weeks prior to registration each semester. Faculty in each block provide individual and group advising. Career counseling is integrated throughout all blocks.

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