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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Education

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152 Gildemeister Hall
507.457.5197, Fax: 507.457.5354
Business Education website
Dana Brigson, Program Director
Jerry Redman, Chairperson
Rhea Walker, Chairperson - Education Studies Department


Dana Brigson, Assistant Professor/Director; BSE, ME-PD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, Capella University; 2008 -
Rhea Walker, Associate Professor; BS, MA, University of Northern Iowa; PhD, Iowa State University; 2004 -

Program Overview

The following programs are offered through the Business Education program at Winona State University:

  • Bachelor of Science: Business Education (Teaching)
  • Bachelor of Science: Training and Development Minor

Note: All Winona State University teacher education programs are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program. 

Business Education Teaching Major

The Business Education Teaching major prepares students to become teachers of business and technology at the 5-12th grade level. Students complete courses in business and technology education, general business core, and professional education. During the final semester of the program, students are required to teach in a business education classroom on a full-time basis for one semester to fulfill their student teaching requirement.

Since Winona State is the only public university in Minnesota to offer the 5-12 Business Education teaching licensure, faculty have arranged for the Business Education (BUED) courses to be offered primarily online. Students in this program can complete their general business core and professional education courses through the MN State institution in their area* (streamlined most efficiently through MSU-Mankato); they can complete the Business Education coursework online through WSU. *The Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice must be taken from a single BOT-approved teacher preparation institution and verification of satisfactory completion must be provided.

Training and Development Minor

The Training and Development minor prepares students for positions in both informal training roles as well as in formal employee training and development programs. Since this program aims to fit with and accommodate many different majors on campus, faculty have arranged for the training and development course requirements to be offered entirely online. The curriculum includes coursework in the following areas: training theory and application, interpersonal business relations, human resources, adult and leadership education, and technology education. These competency areas align with the standards established by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)/Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Technical & Community College Transfer Policy for Business Education Teaching Majors

Students who have completed a one- or two-year business program at a technical or community college may apply for a transfer of approved business credits. Students’ transcripts are evaluated by Business Education faculty. (Refer to Admissions  for information about transfer of technical or community college credits.) This transfer policy applies only to students majoring in the teaching of business education. 

Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

For information about admission and retention requirements, see the Teacher Education Licensure Programs  section of this catalog. For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements  section of this catalog.

Student Teaching Requirements

To receive departmental recommendation for student teaching, a student must:

  1. Complete all courses required for the major.
  2. Have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a 2.50 GPA in the major.
  3. Meet the admission requirements of the College of Education listed in the Teacher Education Licensure Programs   section of this catalog.

Business Education Teaching Majors

Students interested in the business education teaching major should contact the Business Education office for an advisor. Teaching majors must take all courses in the Professional Education Sequence for secondary majors in addition to courses in the content area. Refer to the Education Program requirements in the Teacher Education Licensure Programs   section of this catalog, or refer to the Business Education website. Refer to the business education website for information regarding the articulation agreement with Minnesota State University-Mankato for the Business Education program.

Business Education faculty members recommend for student teaching only those students who have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in the major. See admission requirements for teacher education in the Teacher Education Licensure Programs  section of this catalog.

General Education Intensive Requirements

Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program (GEP)  and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The following are offered as GEP intensive courses:


Writing (△)
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)

Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives.


    Bachelor of Science - TeachingMinor

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