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Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship

Tuition Scholarship

As the demand for concurrent enrollment grows, the need for qualified instructors accelerates. New Higher Learning Commision (HLC) standards requires Masters level education to teach concurrent enrollment courses. High school instructors are now required to have earned 18+ discipline specific graduate credits.

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is pleased to announce a partnership with Metro Education Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU) that allows eligible concurrent enrollment teachers to receive a $300 tuition scholarship for each graduate credit taken at SMSU. The University has an array of online courses, graduate certificates, and master's degrees that are designed to meet the needs of concurrent enrollment teachers who wish to complete graduate level courses. Instructors should confirm their eligibility for tuition benefits with the ECSU ( 

Our current group of certificates offered with this program are:

  • Math
  • English
  • Business

Application Instructions

We welcome you to the SMSU family and look forward to working with you as one of our students. In addition, we plan on continually expanding our certificate programs based on statewide and regional needs. 

  1. All students will need to apply to the College of Graduate Studies.
  2. Students are encouraged to apply as a non-degree seeking student; however, you may also choose to apply as a degree seeking student. If you are interested in earning a master's degree or graduate certificate, you are encouraged to apply as a degree seeking student.
  3. If you choose to apply as a degree seeking student you will be required to submit OFFICIAL transcripts from where your degree is posted.
  4. If you've attended a Minnesota State institution you will not be required to submit official transcripts, you will need to note in your graduate application which Minnesota State institutions you've attended.

Course Search

If you'd like to search for all available courses, follow the steps below.

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the Menu tab to display the shortcut menu.
  3. Click Class Schedule under the Academic category which will redirect you to our course search page.
  4. Under the Course Search tab, make sure that the College/University filter says 'Southwest Minnesota State University' and the Semester filter has the correct semester for which you are applying.
  5. To search for a class, click the appropriate Subject and the class' Course Number or fill in the class' complete Course ID number.
  6. It is recommended that you choose 'All courses' in the Display filter and 'All' in the Delivery Method filter.
  7. Click Search to display the possible results.

Future programs may include:

  • Chemistry

Other programs will continue to be added. Please continue to check back.

Metro ECSU

To learn more about the Statewide Partnership, the HLC requirements, funding sources, content areas, and other programs, visit

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