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Learning Community



 A learning community is an off-campus graduate degree that offers Midwest educators the opportunity to pursue graduate study while building valuable professional relationships with fellow educators.
Learning communities study together for two academic years, meeting approximately twenty times, or ten weekends each year. Learning communities sites have been set up as close as Granite Falls and Willmar, Minnesota, and as far as Brainerd, MN; Rapid City, SD; and Mason City, IA.

Our learning community model is centered on a spiraled curriculum which fosters transformational learning and application to professional practice. When meeting with fellow educators through the learning community students will have the opportunity to take part in collaborative study and research. Students will also learn about reflective teaching, take part in action based research projects, and work to be an active leader, all to provide a strong foundation for professional growth!

The other part of learning communities is done on your own, off-campus. This work is less structured than traditional classroom learning and online learning but students in learning communities can have flexible schedules. Check out student testimonials from past students to get a sense of the difference a learning community can make in your graduate education and professional development.

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Student Testimonials

SMSU is proud that its learning community faculty are leaders in the field of distance graduate learning. Our learning community professors have pioneered the model and are expert at facilitating group and individual professional development.


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