Secondary 5-12 & K-12 and Professional Education
- Art Education (K-12)
- Business Education (collaborative program with Winona) (5-12)
- Communication Arts and Literature (5-12)
- Dance Education (K-12)
- Developmental Adapted Physical Education (K-12)
- English as a Second Language (K-12)
- Family Consumer Science (5-12)
- Health Sciences (5-12)
- Instrumental and Vocal Music (K-12)
- Mathematics (5-12)
- Physical Education (K-12)
- Science (Life Science, Chemistry, Earth & Space Sciences, Physics) (5-12)
- Social Studies (5-12)
- Visual Arts (K-12)
- World Languages and Cultures (Spanish, German, and French) (K-12)
The K-12 and Secondary Programs department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for initial licensure as professional educators in K-12, middle and high school classrooms. Program emphasis is placed upon facilitating students to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively in diverse educational settings.
This section describes ONLY the professional education requirements for completion of teaching degrees at the 5-12 and K-12 levels. Students interested in teaching at the 5-12 and K-12 levels must be admitted to BOTH their major program and professional education.
Formal evaluation of prior academic professional education preparation will be evaluated by the coordinator of Initial Licensure (at either the undergraduate or graduate level). Formal approval of coursework is based on course descriptions, syllabi, samples of completed work and/or field experience evaluations.
Policies & Faculty
Admission to Professional Education
All students working toward a 5-12 or K-12 teaching degree must be admitted to professional education prior to enrollment in Level 1 coursework. Application to professional education should be made when the following requirements have been met:
- a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
- a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Basic Skills exam
- enrollment or completion of KSP 220
- “C” grade in ENG 101
- “C” grade in General Education Math
A multifaceted Professional Education application exists. Students are required to attend orientation and application session. Please consult the Office of Academic Advising (117 Armstrong Hall) for deadlines.
Admission is competitive. Achievement at the 2.75 level and completion of all prerequisite courses qualifies students for the applicant pool but does not guarantee admission to the K-12 and Secondary program.
Advising. Students are assigned an advisor in their content area (major). In addition the KSP department provides advising prior to registration each semester. For more information stop by 313 Armstrong Hall. Faculty in each level provide individual and group advising. Career counseling is integrated throughout all levels.
Academic Advising Office: 117 Armstrong Hall • 507-389-1215
Field Experiences. A major component of professional education coursework involves field experiences in various settings. These experiences are gradual in expectation, time commitment, and skills practice throughout all four levels. Multiple methods of assessment are used and evidence collected to provide a view of the teacher candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions. Successful completion of each field experience is necessary for progression into future levels and field activities (e.g., student teaching).
Many Level 3 and Level 4 field experiences will be long-term placements. Long-term placements are two consecutive placements during the last two semesters, in one setting. Priority will be given to teacher candidates requesting placement in a long-term placement for their Level 3 and student teaching placements. These placements will most likely take place in our Professional Development Schools.
Background Checks. All field placements are initiated by the Office of Field and International Experience. Students involved in any field experience need to undergo a national criminal background check prior to admittance to professional education. Students are responsible for the fees associated with the background checks. This information is provided to districts for their determination of suitability for placement. The Office of Field and International Experience coordinates the background check process.
Teacher Licensure. Please contact Marisel Riquelme, Licensure Coordinator, in 115F Armstrong Hall for questions in regard to the licensure process. The University recommends licensure to a state upon students’ completion of a licensure program. Licensure does not occur automatically through graduation and the awarding of a diploma. Students need to make application for a Minnesota teaching license at the close of the term in which they graduate. The College of Education, 115F Armstrong Hall, coordinates the licensure process. In addition to program requirements, students must successfully complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) including the Basic Skills exam, the pedagogical exam, and the content specific exam(s) for licensure. Minnesota state law requires that all candidates applying for initial licensure in this state be fingerprinted for national background checks. A conduct review statement will also need to be completed and signed. There is a fee for the criminal background check. There is also a fee for the issuance of a State of Minnesota teaching license.
GPA Policy. Coursework in professional education requires a grade of “C” or better. A cumulative career GPA of 2.75 is required.
Admission to Major. Admission to major is granted by the academic department in which the student proposes to major. Earned grade of “C” or better in Goal Area 1 (ENG Comp) and Goal Area 4 (MATH).
P/N Grading Policy. Grades are required in all professional education coursework except courses that are offered on a P/N basis only.
SECONDARY 5-12 & K-12 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Required for General Education
- HLTH 240 Drug Education (3)
Required Professional Education (30 credits)
- KSP 220W Human Relations in a Multicultural Society (3)
- KSP 222 Introduction to the Learner and Learning (2)
- Floating course (can be taken with Level 1 or 2)
- KSP 202 Technology Integration in the Classroom (1)
- KSP 330 Planning and Instruction in the Classroom (3)
- KSP 334 :Assessment and Evaluation (3)
- KSP 440 Creating Learning Environments to Engage Children, Families and Communities (3)
- KSP 442 Reading, Literacy, and Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
LEVEL 4 Student Teaching
- KSP 464 Professional Seminar (1)
For 5-12 majors
- KSP 477 5-12 Student Teaching (11)
For K-12 majors
- KSP 476 K-12 Student Teaching (11)
* Note: Double licensure majors also enroll in KSP 482 (6)
Student Teaching. (119 Armstrong Hall)
Director of Office Field and International Experience: Elizabeth Finsness, Ph.D.
Student teaching at Minnesota State Mankato is a results-oriented, performance based 16-week program requiring the demonstration of an acceptable level of teaching performance in the areas of planning and preparation, enhancing the learning environment, teaching for student learning, and professionalism. Multiple methods of assessment are used and evidence collected to provide a view of the teacher candidate’s knowledge, skills and dispositions. These methods include direct observations of teaching activities by public school and university faculty, the use of videotaped lessons and activities for self-assessment, use of logs, participation in learning communities, and participation in activities reflective of the professional responsibilities of teachers (e.g., parent conferences). The Director of the Office of Field and International Experience requests placements for all teacher candidates in partner districts, especially our Professional Development Schools. Teacher candidates should not contact schools regarding their placement.
Admission to the student teaching experience is contingent upon completion of:
- Completion of all coursework in major and General Education requirements.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.75, grades of a “C” or better for all professional education coursework.
- Admittance into Professional Education.
- Completion of all methods and professional education course work (except KSP 464).
- Completion and validation of formal application materials one year prior to student teaching semester.
- Attendance at all preliminary student teaching meeting(s).
- Recommendation of advisor.
- Approval of placement by school district administration, a mentor teacher, and Director of the Office of Field and International Experience, and completion of Minnesota State Police Background check materials.
Study abroad experiences may be available during student teaching. Selection is based on personal interview, faculty recommendation, and grade point average. Students develop interpersonal communication skills and dispositions for living in a global society. Students participating in study abroad opportunities will be required to complete course requirements in a shorter timeframe, thus long-term placements for level 3 field experiences and student teaching will be highly recommended. Additional fees will be incurred with participation in student teaching abroad programs. Application material and specific deadline dates are available online at http:ed.mnsu.edu/field/studentteaching/applications.html.
313 Armstrong HallMain Office (507) 389-1965
Credits: 3This course focuses on students' personal history, ethical views and values. Students will be asked to state and apply those views and values to current political and social issues. A service-learning experience is required for this class.
Goal Areas: GE-09
Credits: 1A basic course to help students become familiar with the library of Minnesota State University, Mankato and the use of information resources.
Credits: 1Course gives students new to this country and to the U.S. higher education a broad overview of the U.S. educational system and provides a forum for discussion and comparison of customs and beliefs as they affect relationships among students and professors. Prereq: International student
Prerequisites: International Student
Credits: 3Students will explore a variety of careers in education (teaching, counseling, social work, psychology, library media, administration) through research, off-campus observation and participation along side a practicing professional in education, and off-campus service learning with school-age youth and adolescents.
Goal Areas: GE-02
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 3This course will engage students in an indepth exploration of how the challenges and demands imposed by an ever evolving diverse, legalistic, politically minded, and technologically driven society impact public education in America today. Students will research central issues and critically analyze to foster ethical and civil responsible decision making.Fall, Spring, Summer
Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-09
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 1Teacher candidates will develop skills to access information and integrate technology to improve learning for PK-12 students. Teacher candidates research, select, and evaluate information about diverse populations to design classroom applications using a wide variety of instructional technology.
Credits: 3Study of interpersonal skills, motivation, and group skills. Applied to educational settings. Requires 18 hours clinical service learning experience (out of class). Meets State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure.
Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-11
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 2Teacher candidates develop understanding of cognitive, language, personal and social development for implications on teaching in the inclusive classroom. Dispositions and skills will be developed for recognizing and accommodating exceptionality in student learning.
Credits: 3Designed for non-teacher education students, this is a general education course considering human development from a life span perspective.
Goal Areas: GE-05
Credits: 3Analyzing justice as it relates to education and the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on comparing Retributive Systems with the newer Restorative Justice. Active learning methods in the classroom, schools and communities, including service-learning.
Goal Areas: GE-09
Credits: 3Students will become aware of diverse experiences of coming of age and will reflect on their own experiences. Diversity of experiences presented will include: race/ ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic class, ability/disability and nationality.
Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07
Credits: 3A companion course for students studying abroad. Pre-departure preparation, in country experiential learning and reflection and reentry debriefing will maximize the study abroad experience. Students develop critical thinking, interpersonal communication skills and dispositions for living in a global environment.
Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-08
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 1-2Short-term workshops dealing with specific subjects germane to the broader disciplines with in Educational Foundations: Social/Philosophic Issues in Education, Development and Learning Psychology, Human Relations and Cultural Diversity, Research and Assessment/ Evaluation, and Teaching in Higher Education.
Credits: 2Instructional media used in the elementary 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.
Credits: 2Provides general education majors with information and strategies including the special needs students in the regular classroom.
Credits: 3The course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum. Candidates will analyze standards, create assessments, and design and delivery of instruction in a field-site.
Credits: 3Course content addresses formal and informal, standardized evaluation of learner achievement in the classroom and programmatic evaluation. Assigned projects will accommodate the student's present/future professional career track.
Credits: 2To prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to use technology in the elementary classroom. Applications to each content area will be considered. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 2Adaptation of curriculum, classroom organization and teaching practices. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 3Instructional media used in the elementary 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. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 3Print, audiovisual and electronic media: their selection, evaluation, and use with children in grades K-6. 3 credit section includes storytelling. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 2Concepts, objectives, procedures and reading in subject matter field. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 3Teacher candidates will further develop processes for creating and sustaining a classroom learning environment that enables success for all learners, including interacting with diverse families, school colleagues, and representatives from community agencies to support student engagement and learning. Co-reqs: KSP 440 & KSP 442
Credits: 3Teacher candidates will develop skills in differentiated instruction, reading and content-based literacy in inclusive classrooms. Teacher candidates will integrate prior knowledge of diverse learners, developmental models of learning, and curriculum and instruction into a comprehensive understanding of teaching. Co-reqs: KSP 440 & KSP 442
Credits: 3Study of interpersonal skills. Motivation, and group skills. Applied to educational settings. Required 18 hours clinical service learning experience (out-of-class). Meets State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-3Opportunity for hands-on immersion experience in a culturally diverse setting. This may be faculty-led or self-designed by the student with prior approval by the instructor. The experience will include: cultural orientation, site-based experience, debriefing, and reflection.
Prerequisites: KSP 220W or KSP 450
Credits: 2-4Practical experience set up between faculty, student, and on-site supervisor.
Credits: 3A focus on service-learning; planning, implementation, evaluation, and celebration of service-learning as program, activity, class and integration into academic study.
Credits: 1Content focus is on professional rights, responsibilities, and development; student rights and responsibilities; and legal issues regarding data privacy and confidentiality. Skills of professional development, inquiry, reflection, coaching, and collaboration will be developed, practiced, and monitored.
Credits: 3Students will produce a short digital film incorporating the five phases and ten planning stages of filmmaking. The role independent film plays in a culturally diverse society will be illustrated and discussed. Examples of each genre will be examined.
Credits: 1Explores the relationship of the school and community as well as the relationships and roles of the teacher, student, and the school. Knowledge of the social, historical, philosophical foundations of education, school law, finance and governance, ethics, democracy and multiculturalism is explored. Requires twelve hours of out-of-class clinical experience. Prereq: Recommended for final semester of Professional Education.
Prerequisites: Recommended for final semester of Professional Education.
Credits: 11Student teaching in the K-12 schools including weekly seminar for K-12 majors. Prereq: Admission to student teaching and KSP 420. Coreq: KSP 475
Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching.
Credits: 11Student teaching in the secondary school including weekly seminar for 5-12 majors. Prereq: KSP 420 and admission to student teaching.
Prerequisites: admission to student teaching.
Credits: 5Student teaching in the elementary school including weekly seminar for K-12 majors. Prereq: Admission to student teaching, Coreq: KSP 476 and 475
Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching
Credits: 1-3In depth study and narrow focus on an educational topic. Students do extended research outside of class and defend their research in class. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 3-6Student teaching projects determined jointly between student and advisor. Coreq: KSP 477 or 476
Credits: 2To assist K-12 classroom teachers in developing their skills for supervising pre-service and student teachers. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-3Specific focus on an educational topic that may be taught as a regular curse such as: Topic: Web Resources for the Classroom (usually a group requests a specific topic.) Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-6Specific focus on an educational topic that is conducted for a special group. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-4Specific course designed to meet changing educational trends. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-8On-the-job training. Work is jointly supervised by the academic unit and the cooperating institution.
Credits: 1-6Student and faculty agree upon a specific unit of study. Student presents unit to faculty member for evaluation.