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K-12 & Secondary Programs

College of Education | Academic Programs

The K-12 and Secondary Programs (KSP) department serves both undergraduate and graduate students in two areas: initial licensure for 5-12 and K-12 classrooms, and advanced programs. For those seeking continued development through advanced programs, the department offers course work in Teaching and Learning, Education Technology, and School Library and Information Studies. Program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively as educators.

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K-12 & Secondary Programs
Minnesota State University, Mankato
313 Armstrong Hall 
Mankato, MN 56001


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Career Opportunities

With an Undergraduate degree in K – 12 and Secondary Programs, opportunities can include:

  • Teacher
  • Youth Organizations
  • Museum Curator and Archivist
  • HR Learning and Development Specialist


With a Graduate degree, opportunities can include: 

  • School Library Media Specialist
  • Technology integrationist
  • Instructional designers or Curriculum developers
  • e-Learning Trainers

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Education is proud to partner with several colleges and departments across campus to provide many specialized teaching programs.

Education, Masters of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching option allows students to earn a Minnesota teaching license in 24 months and a Master’s degree with an additional six credits. All learning takes place in small professional learning communities at Mankato or Edina campuses.

School Library and Information Studies MSComputer screen.

Candidates entering the 24 – 36 month School Library and Information Studies program have two options: a certificate in School Library and Information Studies or a certificate with a master's degree in School Library and Information Studies (MS)

Teaching and Learning MSComputer screen.

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program is available to all teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge base, enhance their classroom performance and better serve the needs of learners.

Culturally Responsive Teaching GCComputer screen.

The graduate certificate provides educators with the opportunity to explore foundational theory and integrate students' cultural backgrounds to inform pedagogical practices while exploring personal, educational, and societal assumptions and biases.

Planning and Students' Learning GCComputer screen.

The graduate certificate provides educators with research-based skills and frameworks to meet the instructional, assessment, and technology needs of diverse student populations with the goal of creating equitable student-centered learning experiences.

Learning Communities and Leadership GCComputer screen.

Courses examine effective approaches that increase student-teacher, student-student, and student-community relationships, how to develop, lead, maintain, and sustain learning communities, and examine the role of the professional teacher as leader and scholar.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure GC

This program satisfies licensure-to-practice standards for Minnesota and may satisfy standards for other states or US territories.

Faculty & Staff, K-12 and Secondary Programs

View the faculty and staff of K-12 and Secondary Programs in the College of Education

Capstone Projects

Learn what to expect and find details about the capstone experience with K-12 & Secondary masters programs.