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“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” -– Bob Talbert

Over 50 MSUM alumni have been named Teacher of the Year in their state or district! MSUM was one of the very first schools accredited in the U.S. by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NEW Program Transforming Teacher Preparation! A NExT Program

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Elementary Inclusive Education coursework includes real experience in elementary classrooms where you observe, assess, teach and reflect while working beside mentor teachers.

MSUM offers you more real-world experience than other institutions, beginning as early as your freshman year!


Continuous Learning Cycle


The Elementary Inclusive Education Degree* prepares you to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Coursework prepares you to excel as a leader in today’s diverse classrooms. Additionally, you have the option to supplement your degree with a second major in early childhood education, or a minor in special education or teaching English as a second language (TESL).

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What does Inclusive mean? Bonus! You get more features included in your degree! In addition to the traditional subject areas of an education degree, you benefit from the newest updates to the elementary inclusive education program at MSUM. Special Education. In order to meet the academic, social/emotional and behavioral needs of each student, you learn the best strategies in both general and special education. Employers find MSUM students very well prepared for diversity in the classroom. Technology. Kids today are very tech-savvy! The use of technology is steadily increasing to make classrooms more efficient and promote new ways of learning. You learn how to use modern technology to enhance your teaching skills.

Progressive Reading. You learn to design reading programs across all grade levels, practice at area schools, and receive feedback from teachers and MSUM faculty to improve your skills. This continuous cycle of learning sets MSUM apart from the rest! More Experience. Teacher candidates are mentored through more than 300 hours in off-campus K-12 classrooms. Each teaching experience builds confidence and professionalism, and connects theory with practice. On-going Mentoring. The transition from student-teacher to teacher is easier at MSUM! For three years following your graduation, designated faculty mentors and a wealth of online materials continue to be available to help you get started in your career.

Today’s classrooms are changing! MSUM stays up to date with these changes through close relationships with partner schools. You have peace of mind that your education includes the most relevant and current information available.

Upgrade Your Degree Special Education License Option The special education curriculum prepares students to teach individuals with disabilities. When you choose this option, you graduate with both an Elementary Inclusive Education Degree and a Special Education license in five years. Your advisor helps you plan your program.

Undergraduate and Graduate Licenses: >> Emotional/Behavioral Disorders >> Developmental Disabilities >> Specific Learning Disabilities

Note: Candidates pursuing a special education license declare Elementary Inclusive Education as their major.

Note: The special education area of focus is declared your sophomore year with the help of an advisor.

MSUM is one of few universities in Minnesota that offer five special education licensures.

Additional Options:

Graduate Only Licenses: >> Early Childhood Special Education >> Physical/Health Disabilities

A certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and a minor in special education is also available through MSUM.

Teachers Needed ASAP! Employment of special education teachers is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations through 2014 due to: >> increases in the number of students needing services >> legislation emphasizing training “MSUM prepared me for many unthinkables that occur during the first year of teaching. After completing the program, I felt very confident to enter the education profession and would recommend it to anyone!” –Genna (VanHavermaet) Underdahl, Elemenatry Teacher, Detroit Lakes, MN 2009 MSUM Alum

>> employment for individuals with disabilities >> educational reforms requiring higher standards for graduation >> the need to replace teachers who leave the field

In addition to your elementary inclusive degree, you may earn a special education license within five years. This prepares you to teach in diverse settings and graduate qualified to apply for teaching licenses in both elementary and special education.

More Real-World Experience MSUM grads get hired! Your coursework is enriched by a variety of experiences at area schools, where you learn from experienced teachers and specialists while intereacting with students in the elementary classroom. The collaboration between MSUM and area schools creates fresh ideas and identifies best practices for:

> Katie Shorma graduated from MSUM in 2010 with a dual major in elementary education and Spanish. After only one interview, she was hired as a first grade Spanish Immersion teacher in Northfield, MN.

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At MSUM, you get more than the typical teaching degree offered by other universities! “MSUM faculty and staff do an amazing job of preparing students to become teachers who truly make a difference with all children. They care not just about you starting your career, but about it being long and successful. I work with 32 universities across the nation, and comparatively, the personal service MSUM students receive is incredible. MSUM truly enjoys developing future teachers.” –Jeff L. McCanna Director of Human Resources Aldine, TX

“The knowledge and skills gained through MSUM gives graduates an advantage when they enter the job market. They come with experiences greater than most beginning teachers. MSUM graduates step into our classrooms with a solid understanding of what it takes to be a successful teacher.” –Sandy Nelson Principal Detroit Lakes, MN

“MSUM has done an exceptional job preparing student-teachers to step into our collaborative/team environment and contribute to student learning immediately. We view hosting student-teachers as more than just practice for the student-teacher; we expect those students to share ideas regarding the most recent research in the field of education. The level of student-teachers MSUM has placed with us says a great deal about the quality of the faculty and program at MSUM.” –Dave Lawrence, Assistant Principal Moorhead, MN

For more information please contact: 1104 7th Avenue South • Moorhead, Minnesota 56563 e: p: 800.593.7246

Minnesota State University Moorhead is an equal opportunity educator & employer and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System. This information will be made available in alternate format upon request by contacting Disability Services at 218.477.2131 (voice) or 1.800.627.3529 (MRS/TTY).

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