Dec 09, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Studies

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221 Gildemeister Hall
507.457.5535, Fax: 507.457.2384
Education website
Jerry Redman, Chairperson
Rhea Walker, Chairperson


Dana Brigson, Assistant Professor; BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; ME-PD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, Capella University-Minneapolis; 2007 -
Jane Morken, Assistant Professor; BS, MA, Iowa State University; 2007 -
Jerry Redman, Associate Professor; BS, ME-PD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, Iowa State University; 2013 -
James Reineke, Associate Professor; BA, BS, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; PhD, Michigan State University; 1996 -
James Schul, Associate Professor; BS, MEd, Miami University; PhD, University of Iowa; 2013 -
Rhea Walker, Associate Professor; BS, MA, University of Northern Iowa; PhD, Iowa State University; 2004 -
Nicholas Wysocki, Assistant Professor; BA, MA, Western Illinois University; PhD, University of Iowa; 2009 -

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. 

You may also join the WSU Pre-Education majors group on Facebook regularly for current program/licensure requirement and program updates.

Education Studies Overview

Education Studies offers courses in the Foundations of Education (EDFD), Business Education (BUED), and Student Teaching (EDST). Business Education (5-12 teaching licensure) prepares students to become middle and/or high school business teachers. Courses integrate technology, business, and teaching methodology to prepare students for future success teaching in a Business classroom. View the Business Education  page to learn more about this exciting career.

Foundations of Education (EDFD) offers undergraduate courses in the psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of education. These courses make up the professional education sequence and provide experiences that help education majors from all education licensure programs understand (1) the role and purpose of public education in a democratic society; (2) contemporary theories of human learning and development and their implications for teaching and learning; (3) curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies that ensure student success; and (4) issues and requirements related to standards, assessments, and accountability. EDFD courses help students understand the contexts from which students come, in which they learn, and to which they return; these courses also help WSU students become critical consumers of educational research.

In addition, EDFD offers undergraduate courses in the effective use of technology in classroom instruction. These courses explore the impact of technology on human learning and behavior, particularly its ability to expand students’ access to information, reduce the cognitive requirements of classroom tasks, and enable students to demonstrate understanding using various media. (Go to course descriptions and filter for courses with the prefix EDFD, EDST, and BUED.)

Note: The Professional Education Sequence requirements outlined in the Teacher Education Licensure Programs  section are subject to change as Minnesota Board of Teaching licensure rules change. Students should check with their program advisor, join the pre-Education major Facebook group regularly for current program/licensure requirements.

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 in the Education Studies Department:


Oral ()
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Writing (△)

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

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