Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Education Studies

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268 Helble Hall
Education website
Rhea Walker, Chairperson


Dana Brigson, Associate Professor; BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; ME-PD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, Capella University-Minneapolis; 2007 -
Jerry Redman, Professor; BS, ME-PD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, Iowa State University; 2013 -
James Schul, Professor; BS, MEd, Miami University; PhD, University of Iowa; 2013 -
Rhea Walker, Professor; BS, MA, University of Northern Iowa; PhD, Iowa State University; 2004 -
Nicholas Wysocki, Associate Professor; BA, MA, Western Illinois University; PhD, University of Iowa; 2009 -
Donghyun Kang, Assistant Professor; BS, MEd, Seoul National University of Education; PhD, Texas A&M University; 2019 -

Note: All Winona State University teacher education programs are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). 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.

Education Studies Overview

The mission of the Education Studies Department is to empower our educational community by providing a foundational curriculum that supports our democratic society. Our vision is to develop strong educational professionals and a strong democratic society. To achieve our mission, we offer courses in business education, educational foundations, and student teaching.

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.

Education Foundations (EDFD) offers undergraduate courses in the psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of education. These courses make up the professional education sequence and meet the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice (SEPs) identified in Minnesota State Statue for teacher licensure. Coursework provides 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.

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.)

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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