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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Job Market

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The job market for teachers in the next decade will be unusually strong.

Experts estimate that 50 percent of America’s K-12 teachers will retire in the next 10 years, driving the need for 2 million new teachers. The US Department of Labor projects that education will account for 16 percent of all job openings in 2018, and there will be roughly two openings for every qualified candidate in education. The demand for math, science and language teachers will be even stronger – if you enjoy those subjects, your opportunities will be boundless.

The Mankato Difference - A Unique Commitment to and Passion for Teaching

Click here to watch a new video on the university's co-teaching initiative that is transforming teacher preparation.

In 1868, Minnesota State Mankato began as a teachers college. For the next 50 years, training teachers was literally all we did. We are still one of the top producers of teaching talent in Minnesota, and education remains the most popular major at the university.

In our College of Education, you will work with excellent faculty who are passionate and fully committed to making you the best teacher you can possibly be. We're also transforming the way in which teachers develop and grow their skills to ensure career success. You’ll find innovative team-teaching programs that connect you with veteran teachers and mentors, working in real classrooms for up to a year. You’ll also find unique post-graduate support designed to ensure your success in those critical early years as a teacher.

Students who join us in the next few years will be on the cutting edge of education in Minnesota, benefiting from our lead role in the NExT (Network for Excellence in Teaching) program, a $40 million partnership supported by Bush Foundation to transform teacher training in Minnesota.

Student Teacher and StudentWhether you choose to teach at the elementary, junior or senior high school level, you will find the program you want at Minnesota State Mankato. If you love history or science or math or English, you’ll learn how to share your passion for those subjects as a teacher.

Finally, Minnesota State Mankato offers you an outstanding college experience. We are a comprehensive university dedicated to excellence in academics and personal growth. The university's main campus is located 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities on a beautiful 350-acre campus overlooking the scenic Minnesota River valley. Our strong academic programs and excellent faculty attract over 14,600 students from 42 states and 72 countries. We also offer a growing number of programs at our Twin Cities location at 7700 France Avenue in Edina.

What's the first step?

Here are several easy ways you can begin your exploration of the teaching profession:

  1. Contact the College of Education Recruiting Coordinator, Robbie Burnett, at 507-389-1570, or at Robbie will be pleased to share specifics about the teacher preparation programs at Minnesota State Mankato, including scholarship opportunities. She will also be glad to meet with you in-person, either in Mankato or in the Twin Cities.
  2. Visit the Teaching Section of our Prospective Students Page to learn more about the various teaching programs available at Minnesota State Mankato at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  3. Request additional information to be sent to you via email or regular mail, or ask a specific question, by visiting our Information Request Page.
  4. e-Registration form