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M.S. Education Learning Community

Is there a Learning Community in my area?

The Graduate Education faculty at Southwest Minnesota State University collaborates with regional educator practitioners to establish learning communities throughout the Midwest region. Learning Communities are conveniently located at off-campus sites in locations close to where educators live and work. Communities beginning next fall are identified in the Learning Community Sites. If you interested in bringing a learning community to your area, please contact  

Fall 2021 Locations:

  • Brainerd, MN
  • Albert Lea, MN
  • Willmar, MN/ Granite Falls, MN/ Marshall, MN
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Rapid City, SD

What is the Learning Community Program?

The Graduate Education Department offers the Master of Science (MS) in Education with emphasis in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, English, Math, Reading, Technology for Training and Learning (TECH), and Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) for 34-36 credits. 

This graduate program provides Midwest educators an opportunity to pursue graduate study while building valuable professional relationships.

Each Learning Community studies together one weekend a month over the course of two academic years. 

What can you expect from a Learning Community?

  • Solution-based problem solving
  • Collaborative learning
  • Meaningful content
  • Current experience & reflective practice
  • Quality at a cost advantage
  • Professional relationships
  • Leadership team of doctoral-level professor and K-12 co-facilitator

Do you need curriculum approval?

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For more information or to be placed on the prospective mailing list, please complete the request for information online form.

To learn more about the application and financial aid process visit frequently asked questions.

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