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  • About the School of Teaching and Learning

School of Teaching and Learning

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  • About the School of Teaching & Learning

    All of the teacher education programs offered through the School of Teaching and Learning are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

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    Undergraduate Programs

    Early Childhood

    The Early Childhood major prepares students to teach in inclusionary programs serving children from infancy to 8 years old. These programs include childcare, Head Start, and Early Childhood Family Education, as well as public school kindergarten and first, second, and third grade classrooms. The Early Childhood major emphasizes collaboration with parents and other professional agencies that serve families with young children.

    Elementary Inclusive Education Degree

    The Elementary Inclusive Education major prepares students to teach kindergarten and elementary school children through sixth grade. Coursework prepares teacher candidates to excel as leaders in today's diverse classrooms. Candidates who declare Elementary Inclusive Education as their degree program take coursework in content and methods while participating in field based teaching activities in area partner elementary schools. Elementary Inclusive Education majors at Minnesota State University Moorhead spend many hours in the field each semester after acceptance into the teacher preparation program to prepare them for the challenging, rewarding profession of teaching.

    Secondary/K-12 Education

    This program produces confident, well-prepared subject-area teachers with high-quality teaching skills and solid grounding in their discipline. Our program is continuously updated to reflect the changing environment in the schools and communities in the region. We look forward to working with you as you develop professional skills and prepare to contribute to youth in our region.

    Special Education

    The special education curriculum prepares students to teach individuals with disabilities. When you choose this option, you will graduate with both an Elementary Inclusive Education Degree and coursework for a Minnesota Special Education License within five years. Your adviser will help you plan your program.

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

    A minor in Special Education is also available for students wishing to add special education coursework to their Elementary Inclusive Education program of study. For more information on the minor, please contact Keri Desutter at

    Minnesota State University Moorhead also offers a program of study in special education for students who have completed an Associate of Arts Degree/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at Anoka Ramsey Community College. These candidates may complete an additional 2 years of primarily online/hybrid coursework to complete a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in specific learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or emotional behavioral disorders. Students interested in learning about MSUM's unique 2+2 program may contact Dr. Sue Severson at for more information.