Communities of Practice

Department: School of Education
Office: Individualized Learning 229
Phone: 507-537-7115

SMSU Education Department Mission and Vision
Mission: The mission of the Professional Education program at SMSU is to create communities of practice where each learner is an active participant in the investigation of learning, teaching, and leadership processes. Teachers and learners will engage in educational theory, research, inquiry, critical reflection, and application in pursuit of excellence in education.
Vision: Communities of practice investigating learning and teaching

Communities of Practice Investigating Learning and Teaching
Each student admitted to Teacher Education receives a Program Handbook, which identifies outcomes of the program and describes the research base for the theme, Communities of Practice Investigating Learning and Teaching. The student handbook for Teacher Education is available online on the Education Department page.

Learning Center for Teacher Education
The Learning Center for Teacher Education includes a curriculum library, and other material which directly supports the Teacher Education Program. It is located in the Academic Commons in the Individualized Learning Building.

The Education Department provides teacher licensure programs in a variety of areas: (See catalog for further information)


Early Childhood Education, birth - grade 3 (On campus)

Early Childhood Education, birth - grade 3 (Off campus)

K-6 Elementary Education with Optional Endorsements

- Preprimary Education, ages 3-5
- Gr. 5-8 Communication Arts/Literature
- Gr. 5-8 Mathematics
- Gr. 5-8 Science
- Gr. 5-8 Social Science

Secondary Education
- 5-12 Communication Arts/Literature
- 5-12 Mathematics
- 5-12 Social Science
- 5- 8 Science
- 9-12 Biology
- 9-12 Chemistry

- Art
- Music: Instrumental
- Music: Vocal
- Physical Education
- Developmental Adaptive Physical Education (minor with licensure)

- Special Education - Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS)

-Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL)

-Minor in Special Education (non-Licensure)

Educational Studies major (non-licensure)

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The Education Department also provides on-campus Master's programs in the following areas: (See webpage for more information)

-Master of Science in Special Education

-Master of Science in Education (non-Licensure)

Licensure Programs:
General Science Grades 5-8
Social Science Grades 5-12
Reading Grades K-12

Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education
   Optional Endorsements:

     Communication Arts/Literature (adds gr. 5-8)

     Mathematics (adds gr. 5-8)

     Preprimary Education (adds ages 3-5 years)

     Middle School Science (adds gr. 5-8)

     Social Science (adds gr. 5-8)
Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Developmentally Adaptive Physical Education (licensure)

K-12 Reading (licensure)


Bachelor of Science: Art Education
Bachelor of Science: Music Education
Bachelor of Science: Physical Education - Teaching
Bachelor of Science: English as a Second Language (ESL)


Bachelor of Science: Communication Arts and Literature/Secondary Education
Bachelor of Science: Mathematics Education
Bachelor of Arts: History
   Emphasis:Social Science Education
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science
   Emphasis:Social Science Education
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology
   Emphasis:Social Science Education
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology
   Emphasis: Social Science Education


Bachelor of Science: Biology Education
Bachelor of Science: Chemistry Education

Student Clubs/Organizations Associated with Program:


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