Oct 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Preparation Collaborative (TPC) - MS

47 credits

Winona State University and Public School Districts in Southeastern Minnesota are partners in a Teacher Preparation Collaborative designed to allow individuals with a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate content area to complete coursework enabling them to become licensed to teach in a secondary setting in Minnesota. This alternative pathway to licensure requires intensive coursework and field experience during the summer at the Rochester campus followed by a yearlong internship under the supervision of a classroom teacher in a middle school or high school. A certificate is also available for 30 credits - see Education - Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Preparation Collaborative (TPC) - Certificate .

Individuals with the appropriate academic content preparation may complete licensure requirements:

  • Business Education (grades 5-12)
  • Chemistry (grades 9-12)*
  • Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12)
  • Earth Science (grades 5-12)*
  • Life Science (grades 9-12)*
  • Mathematics (grades 5-12)
  • Physics (grades 9-12)*
  • Social Science (grades 5-12)

*It is possible to add the Middle Level Science Endorsement (5-8) to the Chemistry, Life Science or Physics licensure area if the candidate meets the qualifications and is interested.

Teacher Preparation Collaborative (TPC)

TPC Intern Admission Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field from an accredited institution
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 along with a GPA of 3.0 in major for licensure area is preferred
  • Provide evidence of passing scores on the MTLE Basic Skills exams (Reading, Writing and Math)
  • Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate MTLE Content exams is preferred
  • Complete application materials
  • Participate in an interview and selection process

After selection, candidates must:

  • Sign an agreement indicating willingness to complete WSU summer coursework prior to a yearlong full time internship in a public secondary school
  • Be recommended to the Board of Teaching for a Limited Intern License
  • Agree to take the MTLE Pedagogy 5-12 and the appropriate MTLE Content exams as required for licensure
  • Complete portfolios during the yearlong practicum that demonstrate competence in the content field for licensure and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice

Program Content Courses (30 credits)

Additional MS Required Courses (17 credits)

Interns who complete the certificate preparation program have the option of completing a Master of Science in Education Degree with an additional 17 credits. Requirements must be completed no later than seven (7) years from the beginning of the TPC program. Students seeking to complete this option should submit an MS Application form prior to completing the candidacy form with an academic advisor.