Program Overview

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program at Minnesota State University-Mankato allows students to enhance their teaching and leadership skills by gaining a better understanding of how people learn.  The program is aimed at current teachers who want to increase classroom performance and the education can be custom-made to fit students’ needs and interests.  Courses are research based and are designed to respond to modern education needs and techniques.  The online format allows students to complete their degree at their own pace while maintaining a teaching job.  Courses are aligned with the National Board Certification Standards.  The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has accredited this program.

The program consists of 34 credit hours and includes introductory, research, and elective courses.  Courses include topics on the assessment of learning, research methodology, scholarly writing, and a final capstone in which students will complete a paper, project, or thesis.  Students can select elective courses that align with their individual interests and career goals.  Students can also earn a certificate in a focus area by completing a set of certain elective courses.  These areas are Learning Communities and Leadership, Data Informed Decision Making to Improve Student Learning, Educational Technology in the Classroom, and Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Students have the option to take single courses without enrolling in the program and can decide whether to enroll or not after taking up to three courses.  In this program students will learn about the most recent data and information on student learning, responsiveness to diversity, technology integration, reasoning and understanding, and research.  Graduates should have the skills needed to be effective leaders in the educational setting and thus enhance their employment and promotional opportunities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

    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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