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Program Details

  • Award: Master of Science
  • Credits: 34
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified
  • Emphases:
  • Reading, Credits: 15
  • English, Credits: 16
  • Math, Credits: 16
  • Sports Management, Credits: 15
  • Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Credits: 15

About this Program

The Education Department offers the Master of Science (MS) with a major in education and a specialization in Teaching, Learning & Leadership. This off-campus, graduate program provides Midwest educators an opportunity to pursue graduate study while building valuable professional relationships with fellow educators. The 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. Each Learning Community studies together for two academic years, meeting an equivalent of twenty times, or ten weekend meetings each year. The curriculum of the program provides educators with an in-depth understanding of educational issues pertinent to quality instruction and school renewal. Collaborative study and research, reflective teaching, action-based research projects, and active leadership provide the foundation for professional growth. The learning community environment encourages the application of current research in both pedagogy and content areas into effective school practice.

Program Locations

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge 55008
  • Central Lakes College, Brainerd 56401
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls 56537
  • Lake Superior College 55811
  • Mesabi Range College, Virginia 55792
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Granite Falls 56241
  • Southwest Minnesota State University 56258
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington 56187
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Wadena 56482
  • Ridgewater College, Willmar 56201
  • Buffalo High School 55313
  • Riverland Community College, Albert Lea 56007
  • Riverland Community College, Austin 55912
  • Riverland Community College, Owatonna 55060
  • Kingsland Senior High 55975
  • Glencoe/Silver Lake--Lincoln School 55336
  • Pine Technical College 55063
  • New Ulm Public School District 56073
  • Redwood Falls Area Learning Center 56283
  • Iowa Lakes Community College 51334
  • Luverne Educational Center for Health Careers 56156
  • Montevideo 56265
  • Century Elementary 56470
  • Sauk Rapids 56379
  • Memorial Middle School 57106
  • Woodbury 55125
  • Melrose 56352
  • Cherokee Middle School 51012
  • Mitchell Middle School 57301
  • Watertown, South Dakota 57201
  • Sisseton, South Dakota 57262
  • Elk Point-Jefferson School District - South Dakota 57025
  • Dakota Valley School 57049
  • Audobon Center of the Northwoods 55072
  • Central High School - Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
  • T.F. Riggs High School - Pierre, South Dakota 57501
  • Wabasha-Kellogg Secondary 55981
  • Hibbing Park Hotel and Suites 55746
  • AmericInn Lodge and Suites, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
  • Lac Qui Parle Valley School District 56256
  • Lincoln Intermediate School 50401
  • Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center Minnesota 56308
  • Stony Creek Inn 51101

Labor Market Information

  • College Education Teachers

  • Median wage: $59,196/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Southwest Minnesota State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St. Marshall, MN 56258 Toll-Free: (800) 642-0684 Local: (507) 537-6286 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: Matthew.Suby@smsu.edu