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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Admission to Program

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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. 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 director to prepare for admission to the program.

Admission to Professional Education

You will need to be complete this admission prior to taking any upper division Prof. Ed. classes. Learn about it in the College of Education Advising Center, AH 117. Typically done in the sophomore year.

Admission to Social Studies

In order to enroll in SOST 450, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, you will need to be admitted to the social studies program. Preference is given to students who have a 3.0 GPA and significant global, multicultural, civic and community service experience. You will need to apply at least one semester prior to taking SOST 450 or one year prior to student teaching. See Dr. Kyle Ward, Director (AH 110E or call (507) 389-5718) for the application process.