Program Overview

The Data Informed Decision Making to Improve Student Learning certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato is intended for students wishing to develop an expertise in teaching students effectively without wishing to earn a full master’s degree.  The program is aimed at current teachers who want to increase classroom performance.  Students can gain leadership skills in this specific area and thus earn their certificate by taking three courses from the Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary department.  This program is fully online and is designed for busy individuals to complete on their own time at their own pace while maintaining a full-time job.  

The courses are research-based and standards-aligned, and they are designed to respond to the current needs within the educational system.  There are three courses involved in the certificate.  Differentiated Instruction teaches how to address various student interests and styles in order to improve their achievement.  In the class Data Informed Decision Making, students will learn about collaboration, inquiry, and achieving by learning methods of data collection and analysis in order to make decisions.  Finally, Assessment for Learning teaches about aligning state and national standards with classroom assessment and learning targets.

A certificate typically takes one year to complete as classes are not always offered each semester.  Students can also take single classes in order to increase their skills in a certain area.  Once a certificate is earned, students may decide to continue onto a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, which requires eight additional courses as well as a final paper, project, or thesis.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 

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