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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

K-12 & Secondary Programs

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/k12secondary.html

College of Education
Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs
313 Armstrong Hall

507-389-1965

 

Admissions

Information about admission may be found on the Graduate Studies and Research web site, or from:

College of Graduate Studies & Research
115 Alumni Foundation Center, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2321
Fax: 507-389-5974
Toll Free: 800-722-0544
Email: Inquiries from the United States grad@mnsu.edu
Email: Inquiries from overseas international students gradintl@mnsu.edu

Admission into the Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs at Minnesota State University
occurs at three distinct levels:

  1. To the College of Graduate Studies
  2. To the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs (where the GTL Program is housed)
  3. To Professional Education

Education coursework is offered online.

Application to the College of Graduate Studies

Students wishing to enroll in the KSP graduate licensure program must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research before they can be considered for admission to the program. Applications are accepted for any term or summer session; however, all required documents should be submitted a minimum of one month before the term of anticipated entry. International students should complete their files and applications three months before the term of anticipated admittance.

Upon receipt of these materials, the College of Graduate Studies and Research will forward the applicant's file to the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs for admission recommendation.  

Application to the Program

In addition, the applicant must submit the following directly to the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs.

  • Three letter of recommendation forms (online at [PDF] http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/gtl/gtl_forms/msu_gtl_reference_form.pdf (365 KiB)) focusing on the applicant's academic potential as well as the individual's promise to become an effective professional educator. Note, one of these recommendations must be from an undergraduate/graduate instructor or academic advisor, and it is highly recommended that one is from a current employer;
  • The applicant's professional resume

There will be no consideration of admission until all of the above admission criteria have been met. All material must be received in the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs to be considered for the Educational Technology Licensure Program. Early application is recommended, as enrollment is limited. Applicants will be notified regarding their admission status following the receipt of all required application materials.

The Program Application materials (the four items listed above) should be submitted to:

Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs
313 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

 

After meeting all program admission requirements and receiving acceptance into the Educational Technology Program,
candidates will need to meet with their advisor to complete a plan of study. A completed and signed plan of study (online at [PDF] is complete after being admitted http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/gtl/forms/msu_gtl_plan_of_study.pdf (82 KiB).) The plan of study must be signed by your advisor

 

Time Requirements

Candidates taking course work full time should take approximately two years.  Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the program. 

 

Field Experiences

Candidates completing the Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology certificate are required to complete a 40 hour practicum experience (KSP 662: Practicum in the Secondary School) for 1 credit.  The practicum requires that each candidate spend 40 hours in the K-12 setting during normal school hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) in the area Keyboarding and related technology. The practicum and requirements will be arranged with the faculty for the KSP department.  Candidates may have to request a leave of absence from their employment to participate in the practicum.

 

Retention

Admission does not guarantee continuation in the program. As part of the admission process and throughout the program, the student's knowledge, skills, and disposition as well as professional potential are evaluated.

Students must complete a minimum of 50% of all graduate credit at the 600-level, excluding thesis or APP credits, and must maintain a grade point average of "B" or above in all coursework.

 

Graduate Teacher Licensure/MAT

Required Coursework for Licensure (28 credits)

  • KSP 600   Technology Integration in the Classroom (2)
  • KSP 603   Foundations of Education (3)
  • KSP 605   Introduction to the Learner and Learning (3)
  • KSP 607   Creating Learning Environments to Engage Children, Families, & Communities (3)
  • KSP 608   Planning and Instruction in the Classroom (3)
  • KSP 618 Assessment and Evaluation 3
  • KSP 633   Assessment and Evaluation (3)
  • KSP 660   Student Teaching: K-12 and Secondary Programs (7-8)
  • KSP 669   Reading, Literacy, and Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (3)
  • KSP 674   Professional Seminar (1)

Note: Students will be recommended for licensure when all requirements for licensure have been fulfilled. Upon successful completion of the coursework and student teaching, candidates must take and pass the Praxis II content and pedagogy examinations before applying and obtaining a Minnesota Teaching License.

Additional Coursework Required for Master of Arts in Teaching

Research Core (6 Credits)

Required

  • KSP 609  Research Methods (3) 
  • KSP 610  Scholarly Writing (3)

Note: All candidates are required to complete their capstone project (Thesis, Alternate Plan Paper, or Creative Project) prior to awarding the master's degree.

Licensure does not occur automatically through graduation and the awarding of a diploma. The university recommends Minnesota licensure upon completion of all program and licensure requirements. Candidates must successfully complete the PPST examination of skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as the Praxis II and Content examination. Minnesota state law requires that all students applying for initial licensure in this state be fingerprinted for national background checks. A conduct review statement will also need to be completed and signed. There is a fee for the criminal background check. The fee is for issuance of a State of Minnesota teaching license.

Students need to make application for a Minnesota teaching license at the close of the term in which they graduate. The Licensure Coordinator in the College of Education (phone 507-389-1216) coordinates the licensure process.

For additional information about the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program contact the program coordinator at 507-389-1965). 

 

Education Technology MS

(Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits)

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Master of Science degree in Educational Technology responds to the growing needs of P-16 education and industry in providing instruction and training for the technological environment. Program emphasis may be educational technology integration int the classroom, instructional design for education, the technology leader, or instruction for distance learning.

Courses are presented online through the university course management system.  Students must complete courses within the program, plus the required research requirements.  Fifty-percent of the program, excluding Thesis and APP credits, must be completed at the 600-level. 

Common Core

  • KSP 609  Research Methods (a prerequisite for KSP 610) (3)
  • KSP 610  Scholarly Writing (3)
  • KSP 665  Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar (3)
  • KSP 689  Introduction to Technology in Education (3)

Restricted Electives

  • KSP 665  Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar (3)

Capstone - Choose one.

  • KSP 694  Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • KSP 695  Creative Projects (1-2)
  • KSP 699  Thesis (3-6)

Unrestricted Electives

  • KSP 684  Instructional Games and Simulations (has a prerequisite of KSP 619) (3)
  • KSP 687  Instructional Design II: Computer-Based Learning (has a prerequisite of KSP 643) (3)
  • KSP 665  Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar (3)

Note: Selecting KSP 619 means that prerequisite course KSP 689 must be taken first, totaling 6 elective credits for both courses. Selecting KSP 687 means that prerequisite course KSP 643 must be taken first, totaling 6 elective credits for both courses.

 

Education Technology Graduate Certificate Options

Educational Technologies in the Classroom (9 Credits)

  • KSP 619  Using Technology in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • KSP 624  Differentiation Using Technology (3 credits)
  • KSP 689  Introduction to Technology in Education (3 credits)

Digital Educator (9 Credits)

  • KSP 667  Social Media Tools (3)
  • KSP 680  Developing the Online Learning Environment (3) 
  • KSP 619  Using Technology in the Classroom (3)

Instructional Technology & Design (9 Credits)

  • KSP 643  Introduction to Instructional Design (3)
  • KSP 684  Instructional Games and Simulations (3)
  • KSP 687  Instructional Design II: Computer-Based Learning (3)

Technologist (9 Credits)

  • KSP 639  Educational Technology Leadership (3) 
  • KSP 673  Technology Funding (3)
  • KSP 693  Developing Online Training Resources (3) 

Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology (10 credits)

KSP 619 Using Technology in the Classroom 3
KSP 639 Educational Technology Leadership 3
KSP 662 Practicum in the Secondary School 1-6
KSP 689 Introduction to Technology in Education 3

Teaching and Learning MS

(Thesis Plan - 34 credits)
(Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits)
(Creative Project - 34 credits)

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning emphasizes improvement of teaching skills and an increased understanding of learners. The program is available to all teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge base, enhance their classroom performance and better serve the needs of learners. It is standards based and includes many of the components necessary for preparation for National Board of Teachers Standards Certification.

The MS in Teaching and Learning is designed around a variety of certificate options,including:

  • Learning Communities and Leadership
  • Student Development and Learning
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Instructional Media in the Classroom
  • Data Informed Decision Making To Improve Student Learning
  • Improving Student Learning

This structure provides students with the flexibility to custom design a Masters degree of their choice, choosing from a combination of courses within certificates listed above. Students have the option of completing three certificate options and the research core, or completing two certificate options, the research core, or in consultation with their advisor, selecting nine courses (27 credits) from any of the course options or any 3 courses from their teaching field.

Admission Requirements

To be considered, the applicant must complete the following:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Study, plus the application fee;
  2. Verification of the Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  3. One official transcript listing undergraduate/graduate degree(s) to be sent directly from the degree granting institution to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (including MSU students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff); and
  4. Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study. If the applicant's GPA is below 3.0, the student must have obtained a minimum GRE score of 500 on one or more portions (verbal, quantitative, or analytical) of the Graduate Record Exam.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. [PDF] Recommendation forms (365 KiB) may be obtained from the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs web site.
  6. Any additional information required for international students, if appropriate.

MSTL Certificate Options

Learning Communities and Leadership (9 credits)

  • KSP 641  Classroom Learning Communities (3 credits)
  • KSP 657  The Professional Learning Community (3 credits)
  • KSP 665  Teacher as Leader (3 credits)

Student Development and Learning (9 Credits)

  • KSP 652  Advances in Student Development and Learning (3 credits)
  • KSP 659  Character Development and Moral/Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • KSP 672  Spirituality and Learner Development in Education (3 credits)

Culturally Responsive Teaching (9 Credits)

  • KSP 601  Education for a Multicultural Society (3 credits)
  • KSP 638  Literacy and Bilingualism (3 credits)
  • KSP 644  School, Family and Community Partnerships (3 credits)

Instructional Media in the Classroom (9 Credits)

  • KSP 619  Using Technology in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • KSP 624  Differentiation Using Technology (3 credits)
  • KSP 629  Assessing Learning Through Technology (3 credits)

Data Informed Decision Making To Improve Student Learning (9 Credits)

Choose 9 credits. Select any three courses to earn the certificate.

  • KSP 612  Differentiated Instruction (3)
  • KSP 640  Data and Assessments (3)
  • KSP 663  Curriculum Management (3)
  • KSP 675  Using Data to Improve Student Learning (3)

Improving Student Learning (9 credits)

  • KSP 612  Differentiated Instruction (3)
  • KSP 613  Managing and Monitoring Student Learning (3)
  • KSP 663  Curriculum Management (3)

MS Teaching and Learning

Common Core (12 credits)

  • KSP 609  Research Methods (3)  [KSP 609 or equivalent is a prerequisite for KSP 610]
  • KSP 610  Scholarly Writing (3)
  • KSP 640  Assessment for Learning (3)
  • KSP 665  Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar (3)

Restricted Electives - Capstone (Choose One)

  • KSP 694  Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • KSP 695 Creative Projects (1-2)
  • KSP 699  Thesis (3-6)

Unrestricted Electives - 21 credits required

  • KSP 601  Culturally Responsive Teaching (3)
  • KSP 612  Differentiated Instruction (3)
  • KSP 619  Using Technology in the Classroom (3)
  • KSP 624  Differentiation Using Technology (3)
  • KSP 638  Content Area Literacy for English Learners (3)
  • KSP 641  Problem-Based Learning (3)
  • KSP 644  Partnering for Student Success (3)
  • KSP 657  Leading Professional Learning Communities (3)
  • KSP 663  Curriculum Design (3)
  • KSP 675  Data Informed Decision Making (3)
  • KSP 689  Introduction to Technology (3)

Additional Requirements

Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester (or prior to) of graduation; and, take a minimum of 50 percent of all coursework at the 600-level, not including thesis or alternate plan paper credits. To satisfy degree requirements, all students must complete a capstone experience. After consulting with their advisor, students may choose a capstone experience of thesis, alternate plan paper, or creative project.

 

School Library and Information Studies MS

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)
(Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits)
(Creative Project - 34 credits)

Admission Requirements

Applicants file should be completed a minimum of one month before the term of anticipated entry. Applications are accepted for any term or summer session. International students should complete their files and applications three months before the term of session of anticipated admittance. Students wishing to enroll in any KSP graduate or School Library and Information Studies program must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research and to the program. All applicants should submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies and Research:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Study;
  2. Verification of the Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  3. One official transcript listing undergraduate/graduate degree(s) to be sent directly from the degree granting institution to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (including MSU students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff); and
  4. Any additional information required for international students, if appropriate;
  5. Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate study. If the applicant's GPA is below 3.0, the student must have obtained a minimum GRE score of 500 on one or more portions (verbal, quantitative, or analytical) of the Graduate Record Exam.

School Library and Information Studies is offered for those who have a current Minnesota teaching license. Candidates entering this program have two options: a certificate in School Library and Information Studies or a certificate with a master's degree in School Library and Information Studies (MS). The School Library and Information Studies program is accredited by NCATE and the Minnesota Board of Teaching according to standards developed by AASL and AECT.

Candidates entering the School Library and Information Studies program will be placed into a cohort of 15-25 candidates and work closely with a cohort of faculty. The program is a comprehensive standards-based licensure program, with course work offered either on weekends or Monday evenings. Courses are offered face to face and on-line with the use of Desire 2 Learn.

Note: Although the state of Minnesota does not require a graduate degree in media for licensure as a school library media specialist, many states do require master's degree. Additionally, Information Power, the national guidelines for school library media programs, recommends that the master's degree be considered the entry level degree foe professionals in school library media centers. The K-12 and Secondary Programs department also believes that a master's degree with a strong undergraduate general education background provides the best preparation for school library media professionals.

Required Coursework for Licensure (28 credits)

  • KSP 617  Foundations of Information Centers in Society (3)
  • KSP 631  Organization, Management, Leadership, and Administration of Media Centers (3)
  • KSP 635  Information Literacy Skills and the Curriculum (3)
  • KSP 622  Materials for Children (3)
  • KSP 630  Materials for Young Adults (3)
  • KSP 621  Information Resources (3)
  • KSP 698  Internship (4)

plus two technology courses from any of the KSP offered technology coursework, includng those in the Ed. Tech program.

Note: Students will be recommended for licensure when all requirements for licensure have been fulfilled. Upon successful completion of the coursework and the internship, candidates must take and pass the Praxis II content examination before applying and obtaining a Minnesota Library Media License.

Additional Coursework Required for Masters in School Library and Information Studies (MS)

  • KSP 609  Research Methods (3)
  • KSP 610  Scholarly Writing (3)

Note: All candidates are required to complete their capstone project (Thesis, Alternate Plan Paper, or Creative Project prior to awarding the master's degree.

Retention

Admission does not guarantee continuation in the School Library and Information Studies program, admission into the internship, or graduation. As part of the admission process and throughout the program, the student's knowledge, skills, and dispositions as well as professional potential are evaluated. Formalized reviews are conducted during internship and at each transition point.

Students must complete a minimum of 50% of all graduate credit at the 600 level, excluding thesis or APP credits; and must maintain a grade point average of "B" or above in all coursework. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination during the semester (or prior to) of graduation is required. Students must enroll in KSP 685 Written Comprehensive Examination.

The university recommends licensure to a state upon student's completion of a licensure program. Licensure does not occur automatically through graduation and the awarding of a diploma. Students need to make application for a Minnesota Library Media license at the close of the term in which they graduate. The Licensure Coordinator in the College of Education, (phone 507-389-1216), coordinates the process.

In addition to meeting all program requirements, the Praxis II content examination must be taken and passed. Minnesota state law requires that all students applying for initial licensure in this state be fingerprinted for national background checks. A conduct review statement will also need to be completed and signed. There is a fee for the criminal background check. The fee is for issuance of a State of Minnesota licensure.

 

Course Descriptions

KSP 525 (2) Reading and Writing in the Secondary School

Concepts, objectives, procedures, and reading in subject matter field.

Prerequisite: KSP 310

KSP 550 (3) Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

Study of interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, classroom relationships, and cultural diversity applied to educational settings. This course meets the state of Minnesota human relations requirements for teacher licensure.

KSP 551 (1-3) Cultural Diversity Internship

Opportunity for "hands-on" learning experience working with students of culturally diverse backgrounds, one-to-one, small group, tutoring, activities supervision and lesson planning, and implementation.

Prerequisite: KSP 220 or KSP 4/550

KSP 560 (1) Global Awareness through Study Abroad

Online companion course for students traveling abroad. Pre-departure readings, discussions and research prepare you for experience traveling in international locations while incorporating a comparative study of two cultures. The course focuses on development of cultural knowledge, critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills and dispositions that enhance a study abroad experience and the student’s ability to engage in a global society. An overview of a variety of topics, including art, architecture, economic development and history enhances the comparison and contrast. Students register for a Short Course in the semester prior to departure and continue on D2L during Study Abroad Experience.

KSP 561 (3) Service Learning: Theory and Practice

A focus on service-learning: planning, implementation, evaluation, and celebration of service-learning as program, activity, class, and integration into academic study.

KSP 580 (1-3) Seminar

In depth study and narrow focus on an educational topic. Students do extended research outside of class and defend their research in class.

KSP 589 (1-3) Selected Topics

Specific focus on an educational topic that may be taught as a regular course such as: Topic: Web Resources for the Classroom (usually a group requests a specific topic).

KSP 590 (1-6) Workshop

Specific focus on an educational topic that is conducted for a special group. May be repeated.

KSP 591 (1-4) In-Service

Special courses designed to meet changing educational trends.

KSP 600 (2) Technology Integration in the Classroom

Teacher candidates will develop skills to access information and integrate technology to improve learning for PK – 12 students. Teacher candidates research, select, and evaluate information about diverse populations to design classroom applications using a wide variety of instructional technology. The level of expected performance is in accordance with graduate level expectations.

KSP 601 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching

This course uses experiential, intercultural activities to examine how our own world view impacts the curricular choices we make while teaching. Learners will develop a plan to integrate a multicultural world-view and culturally responsive teaching into their current curriculum.

KSP 602 (1) Field Experiences

Candidates are required to take this course twice throughout their teacher licensure program. During field experiences candidates will become familiar with: the communication process about specific school-related issues, restorative measures, strategies to help students comprehend class material, and strategies to help students study and learn within the classroom environment.

KSP 603 (3) Foundations of Education

Study and application of developing positive relationships in diverse learning communities with social, historical, and philosophical perspectives. Bases on the premise that building a learning community and developing positive relationships with colleagues and learners is basic to teaching and learning.

KSP 604 (3) Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom

Theories of human development with a concentrated study of cognitive development, applied to learning in the multicultural and inclusive classroom.

KSP 605 (3) Introduction to the Learner and Learning

This course will allow the teacher candidate to critically reflect on the various cognitive, language, personal and social developmental factors involved in student learning. In addition, the teacher candidate will apply this knowledge into instructional decision-making for teaching in the inclusive classroom. Dispositions and skills of recognizing exceptionality in student learning, including learning disabilities, perceptual difficulties, and special physical or mental challenges, gifts, and talents and accommodating and accessing appropriate services and assistive technology will be developed. The level of expected performance is in accordance with graduate level expectations.

KSP 606 (1) Reading and Writing in the Middle/Secondary School

Reading as it applies to Middle and Secondary schools will be the focus of this course. The course will focus on the current issues and trends in methodologies, linguistics, grammar, composition and applications of reading throughout the course.

KSP 607 (3) Creating Learning Environments to Engage Children, Families, and Communities

Teacher candidates will further develop processes for creating and sustaining a classroom learning environment that fosters and enables success for all learners. Teacher candidates will develop communities of learners by constructing effective physical environments and interpersonal relationships. Teacher candidates will effectively communicate and interact with diverse families, school colleagues, and representatives from community agencies to support and enhance student engagement and learning. The level of expected performance is in accordance with graduate level.

KSP 608 (3) Planning and Instruction in the Classroom

The course guides K-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum. Analysis of standards, creation of assessments, design and delivery of instruction are integrated with field-site placements. In order to understand the contextual considerations of instructional design and implementation, the course also examines the changing needs of middle and high school students in the context of best instructional practices and philosophies of successful middle and high schools. The level of expected performance is in accordance with graduate level expectations.

KSP 609 (3) Research Methods

The research process is one that is complicated, and nonlinear, and very often difficult for students to understand and see its strengths and weaknesses. This course will introduce students to research methodologies as applied to research and evaluation. The course will focus on developing skills and applying different methodologies in a research plan.

KSP 610 (3) Scholarly Writing

Designed to provide a learning experience in utilizing techniques and procedures in scholarly writing.

KSP 611 (3)Action Research to Improve Student Learning

Classroom teachers will learn how to conduct research in their classrooms that is designed to improve student learning.

KSP 612 (3) Differentiated Instruction

Improving student achievement through differentiated curriculum and instruction; learning about and applying best practices; teaching for understanding, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making; and accommodating teaching and learning styles.

KSP 615 (1-4) Selected Topics

Selected topics explored for secondary teaching. May be repeated.

KSP 617 (3) Foundations of Information Centers in Society

In this course students will study the current information environment and explore the challenges that the profession of library and information services faces. Participates will identify and discuss issues and topics surrounding and transforming the social, cultural, economic and educational role of the library and become knowledgeable about the issues such as service, technology, intellectual freedom, and professional practices.

KSP 618 (3) Research and Writing for the School Librarian 

This course is part of the School Library and Information Studies graduate program with aim of providing students an introduction to School Library research and development of a publishable article to submit to a professional periodical or conference.  Summer:  All Years.

KSP 619 (3) Using Technology in the Classroom

This course includes in-depth modules which present various types of application for the classroom. Current software applications and hybrids will be explored to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each. This course establishes both theoretical and practical application and integration of technology into the classroom.

KSP 620 (1-3) Trends in:

The trends format provides teachers and others opportunity to study recent research and current developments with an interdisciplinary nature to include a variety of topics. This course may be in a shortened hands-on format. May be repeated.

KSP 621 (3) Information Resources

This course will examine, acquire, evaluate and use reference media sources to meet the information needs of a media center's clientele. Participants will examine and review bibliographic resources and their relationship to instruction and instructional in-service. Emphasis will be placed on reading, discussing, selecting, and evaluating resources in the context of curricular issues, cooperative endeavors with other libraries and trends in the information and reference services field.

KSP 622 (3) Materials for Children

Students will learn and practice selecting, evaluating, and using print, audiovisual and electronic media for children in grades K-6. Participants will learn to identify and discuss a variety of genres; using reviewing sources and selection tools; identify major children's book awards; research authors and books; become knowledgeable about current issues such as censorship; locate and prepare a multiple format mediaography of children's materials and demonstrate curricular uses of this media.

KSP 624 (3) Differentiation Using Technology

This course will provide the students with a philosophical, professional, and practical framework for the integration of computer technology into differentiated instruction in the K-12 classroom using integrated instruction and web-based software. Students will explore learner characteristics, student needs and elements of differentiated instruction and will design and implement differentiated technology-integrated lesson plans.

KSP 625 (3) Philosophy of Education in Historical Context

Explores how belief systems, expressed in philosophical schools of thought, have shaped the development of the U.S. public school form the Colonial Period to the present.

KSP 626 (2) Advanced Reference Materials

Specialized sources in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Patron interviewing techniques.

Pre: KSP 621

KSP 627 (2) Advanced Materials for Children

In-depth examination of authors of a particular genre. Examination of the Caldecott award winning titles. Children's magazines. Examination of award winning titles form other countries. Electronic resources: netscape and microcomputer software.

Pre: KSP (KSP 417/622)

KSP 628 (3) Instructional Design and Production for Digital Learning

Teaching and learning over distance education systems with the main emphasis on distance education across the internet. The history of distance education will be discussed. Proper instructional design techniques when developing of coursework will be examined. Proper selection of content will be stressed.

KSP 629 (3) Assessing Learning Through Technology

This course explores how current electronic applications and multiple approaches that can be used to develop and support communication with parents, students, and the community.

KSP 630 (3) Materials for Young Adults

This course covers developmentally appropriate library and information services for young adults, ages 15-18 with an emphasis on literature and the uses of literature in schools and libraries. The course includes material on non-book services, programming, and other services specific to this age group.

KSP 631 (3) Library Leadership and Management

In this course the management function and leadership role of the school librarian in the school will be explored. The components of effective school library programs including resources, personnel, spaces, budget, planning, organizing, and policy development are studied.

KSP 632 (3) Educational Issues in Global Context

Examines systems of education, both Western and non-Western, as they are shaped by social, cultural and political issues; focuses on understanding the United States system more completely by viewing it through a "global" lens.

KSP 633 (3) Assessment and Evaluation

In this course knowledge and skills are applied and assessed directly in a field setting. The course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum from the analysis of standards, creation of assessments, design and delivery of assessments in a field-site.

 KSP 634 (3) Technology for the School Librarian

The course explores the newest instructional technology for the classroom and for professional presentations. The student will explore the utilization of technology in an instructional setting with presentations of student designed resources.

KSP 635 (3) 21st Century Multiple Literacies

The course will examine the role of the school librarian in the literacy development process. This process includes the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media. The roles of the school librarian as teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator will be addressed.                                

KSP 637 (2) Materials: Advanced Young Adult Literature

Examination of trends in recent young adult fiction. Selection, evaluation and use of young adult fiction. Reading and discussion of current young adult fiction.

KSP 638 (3) Content Area Literacy for English Learners

This course will focus on the content area classroom and will examine the interaction between first and second language literacy. Students will learn strategies for helping English Learners (ELs) improve reading skills and develop content area literacy.

KSP 639 (3) Educational Technology Leadership

Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate the processes and strategies necessary for creating and maintaining technology system administration, including: documentation, financial planning, hardware and software, roles necessary for successful implementation. Students will research, design, and create technology plans using data driven decision making strategies, processes and procedures.

KSP 640 (3) Assessment for Learning

Students will align classroom assessments with state or national standards to develop clear and comprehensive learning targets. Students will design and align several types of assessments to learning targets to increase student learning and motivation. Students will also integrate technology into assessment practices.

KSP 641 (3) Problem-Based Learning

Students will develop cooperative and collaborative classroom learning communities to address authentic issues through problem-based learning. The course also focuses on effective instructional and assessment approaches that increase student-teacher, student-student, and student-community relationships.

KSP 643 (3) Introduction to Instructional Design

This course will include analysis, synthesis, and definitions of the systems designs approach to structuring learning environments. Students will review and understand the ADDIE process and the history of Instructional Design and instructional models used in educational and training modules. Students will be able to define the field, describe the origins and history of the field, discuss leading research and researchers in the field, and describe and analyze at least one ID model for its strengths, weaknesses, and application.

KSP 644 (3) Partnering for Student Success

This course will focus on the various stakeholders involved in educating diverse student populations. Students will become familiar with the culture, norms and assets of the broader community and how they influence student learning. The need and strategies for collaborative practice will be examined.

KSP 645 (1-2) Seminar:

Critical study of current research, issues, and teaching strategies related to secondary education in a shorten period of time. May be repeated.

KSP 646 (3) The Middle School

This course is designed to provide inexperienced and experienced educators with greater insight into the unique position of the middle school in the U.S. system of public education. Throughout the course students will explore topics of concern regarding middle school education.

KSP 649 (1-3) Environmental Education Program

Research, compare, contrast environmental education programs.

KSP 651 (3) Understanding NBPTS Certification

Focuses on knowledge of the overall certification process of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and includes attention to the Five Core Propositions; the describe, analyze and reflect process; and the requirements of the individual content-area certificates.

KSP 653 (3) Writing for NBPTS Certification

Focuses on the intensive videotaping and writing processes required for Entries One, Two, Three and Four of the NBPTS Portfolio, including peer and facilitator review of draft tapes and writings.

KSP 655 (3) NBPTS Portfolio Submission and Assessment

Course focuses on finalization of the intensive videotaping and writing processes and formal submission of the NBPTS Portfolio. It also includes preparation for the NBPTS examination in the various content-area certificates.

KSP 656 (2) Multicultural Materials

To identify books and other media with multicultural themes and topics for young adults.

KSP 657 (3) Leading Professional Learning Communities

Students will learn how to develop, lead, maintain, and sustain learning communities focused on increasing student and professional learning and systems thinking. They will assess stages of learning community development in a school setting and develop plans for inclusion of essential elements of effective learning communities.

KSP 660 (7-8) Student Teaching: K-12 and Secondary Programs

Special teaching projects of an experimental or creative nature in the students' field of preparation.

KSP 661 (3) Networking

This course covers basic networking and infrastructure for a school, district or organization. The course is developed for the technology leader to understand the basic structure of technology networking to make informed decisions regarding the school and/or organization technology.

KSP 662 (1-6) Practicum in the K-12 Environment

This 40 hour field experiences will provide opportunities for practicing teachers with a current MN Teaching license to put theory into practice in a K-12 environment. During field experiences candidates will become familiar with specific school-related issues, technologies, strategies to assist students in learning and apply strategies to help students study and learn within the classroom environment.

KSP 663 (3) Curriculum Design

Students will use theories for organizing and managing curriculum to: align standards with outcomes, curriculum, instruction, and assessment; develop deep curriculum alignment; develop skills for assisting colleagues with aligning school improvements in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

KSP 664 (3) Distance Learning

This course covers basic history, theory, and purpose of distance learning. It will include exposure to the various and most recent online management programs.

KSP 665 (3) Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar

This course focuses on the examination of the role of the professional teacher as leader and scholar. Students analyze professional standards and theories for teaching, leading, and scholarship in the 21st Century and assess themselves and their school settings for areas of strength and improvements. Students develop plans for professional growth as well plans to implement changes in schools.

KSP 667 (3) Social Media Tools

Through research and hands-on application, students will evaluate and implement various strategies in which Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 can be used to enhance and support technology integrated pedagogies.

KSP 669 (3) Reading, Literacy, and Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms

This course addresses literacy and differentiated instruction for diverse learners in an inclusive classroom. Students will build on existing knowledge of lesson planning, curriculum and assessment to address learner differences.

KSP 670 (3) Collegiate Institutions in the United States

An examination and review of history, foundations, current developments, and future role of two-year and four-year collegiate institutions in the United States and how they function to meet evolving needs.

KSP 671 (3) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Exploration and application of adult learning theory and research, including focus on development of critical and reflective thinking. Study of instructional strategies fostering active student engagement in classrooms.

KSP 673 (3) Educational Funding

The focus is on researching and applying for grants for educational programs within schools and/or non-profit organizations. Students will learn what programs are available, eligibility for those programs and grant possibilities within the grant guidelines. 

KSP 674 (1) Professional Seminar

This face-to-face and online seminar spans four semesters of the GTL program and will address professionalism and the overall teaching experience. Students register for this course during student teaching but will participate via D2L during semesters 1-3.

KSP 675 (3) Data Informed Decision Making

This course is designed to promote a culture of collaboration, inquiry, and student achievement through data informed decision making. Methods of data collection and analysis will be examined and used by students to develop a data driven school improvement plan.

KSP 676 (3) Adult Development and Learning

Students will analyze major theories and research related to adult development and learning as they apply to adult students in post-secondary and career settings. Students will evaluate adult learning needs and apply strategies for creating positive learning environments (face to face and online). Students will experience, analyze, and develop lessons that use effective adult learning strategies.

KSP 677 (1-6) Individual Study

Opportunity for individual study on areas germane to the broader disciplines in education under direction of graduate faculty.

KSP 678 (3) Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation

Students will analyze key elements of effective curriculum design, development, and management for impact on adult learning. They will create curricula that cover the facts while engaging students in more critical thinking and production. Students will select and/or design assessment procedures that lead to reliable, meaningful and valid evaluations of student progress. Additionally, they will design curriculum, assessments and evaluations for a course that improves student learning and academic performance.
 

KSP 680 (3) Developing the Online Learning Environment

This course will require students to evaluate and analyze formats of information technology for online learning environments in educational settings, including: interactive video, web-based software Internet protocols, social media tools, and the effect on learning transfer in distance education.

KSP 681 (3) Quantitative Research Methods

This course will introduce students to quantitative research as applied to educational research and evaluation. The course will focus on developing skills and applying quantitative methodology in a research plan.

KSP 682 (3) Qualitative Research Methods

This course will introduce students to qualitative research as applied to educational research and evaluation. The course will focus on developing skills and applying qualitative methodology in a research plan.

KSP 684 (3) Instructional Games and Simulations

Students will identify, evaluate, select, use, adapt, and create game and simulations projects for thematic units, lessons, trainings, and other technology-rich, inquiry-based learning opportunities.

KSP 685 (0) Written Comprehensive Examination

The written comprehensive exam course should be taken with consultation with your advisor. It should be taken prior to enrolling in any research coursework and planning or completing your capstone experience.

KSP 687 (3) Instructional Design II: Computer-Based Learning

Students will study the theoretical models and processes for the design and development of computer-based instruction (CBI). Students will analyze and evaluate software development tools and will create a CBI lesson plan.

KSP 689 (3) Introduction to Technology in Education

All formats of information technology for educational settings-learning about interactive video, microcomputers, computer networks, Internet, electronic information including bibliographic data bases, electronic newspapers, online encyclopedias, and distance education.

KSP 690 (1-3) Workshop

Short term graduate workshops dealing with specific subjects germane to the broader disciplines in education.

KSP 691 (1-4) In-Service

An intensive, often semester-long, study in areas germane to the broader disciplines within K-12 and Secondary Education.

Pre; graduate students

KSP 693 (3) Designing Online Training Technology Resources

This course is designed for K-12 technologists and teachers with interests in assisting learning through integrated technology lesson plan development. Students will evaluate, analyze, and develop web-based tools, instructional design strategies, and multimedia learning principles in order to educate and train K-12 teachers and staff. Through research and hands-on application, students will evaluate and implement various training strategies which can be used to enhance and support technology integrated pedagogies.

KSP 694 (1 ) Alternate Plan Paper

For students completing a Masters degree with the alternate plan option.

KSP 695 (1-2) Creative Projects

For students completing a Master's degree with the creative projects option.

KSP 698 (1-8) Internship

Under-supervision of both graduate faculty within the K-12 and Secondary Department and appropriate cooperating supervisors of external agencies, the student will complete an internship experience which allows opportunity to apply and strengthen knowledge and skills acquired within the graduate program. (Four credits of internship are required for Media Generalist Licensure).

KSP 699 (1-6) Thesis

For students completing a Masters or Specialist degree with the using the thesis option.