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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Social Studies Education (5-12)

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Department Social Studies
College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a challenging program designed to prepare students for teaching secondary social studies. The program draws upon faculty from nine academic departments (anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, women's studies) and works with these departments and the College of Education to promote effective teaching practice for future and in-service teachers. Many opportunities are given to students to observe and practice social studies teaching in a secondary school setting.
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Social Studies Program is committed to preparing high quality professionals who will:
  • Understand and explain clearly the content of the social sciences and history,
  • Create and deliver meaningful, challenging, active, value-based, and integrative learning opportunities for young people so that they may better understand the human experience, and
  • Encourage and enable young people to be engaged in building stronger local, national, and global communities.
Admission Requirements Students who enter the secondary social studies teaching program should have a clear desire to work with young people as a teacher. Social studies teaching is a challenging profession that demands academic excellence as well as breadth of experience. Preference for admission to the social studies program is given to students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better and who have significant global, civic, multi-cultural and community service experience.
Other Requirements Admission to the program occurs in the junior year. The admission criteria are some of the most demanding at MSU and reflect the desire of the program to graduate the best qualified teachers possible and to improve job placement of program graduates. Students are encouraged to work closely with the social studies coordinator to prepare for admission to the program.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Kyle Ward
Armstrong Hall 110 E
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5718
College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall

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