CollegeofEducationThe Winona State University College of Education has been granted full continuing approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare and recommend candidates for teacher licensure through June 30, 2018.

“For over 150 years, Winona State has continuously trained high quality educators,” said Tarrell Portman, Dean of the College of Education. “The Minnesota Board of Teaching recognizes this legacy of excellence, and the full range of nationally accredited programs and degrees we offer here at WSU.”

In recent years, the College of Education has focused on strengthening assessment efforts within the college, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of the education students receive and the overall student experience. At the same time, the university has also proposed construction of the Education Village, a bold plan to provide state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces while integrating the university into the community and its schools.

“We hope to be in the Education Village by 2018,” said Portman. “We believe that education is WSU’s foundation as well as its future, and the Education Village is the cornerstone of that future.”

The next onsite institutional evaluation by the Minnesota Board of Teaching is planned for the fall of 2017.

For more information, contact Karen Dunbar at

About the Winona State University College of Education

Winona State University was founded as the first teacher preparation school west of the Mississippi River. The College of Education enrolls more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students on its campuses in Winona and Rochester. The college is divided into seven departments and five centers, ranging from Early Childhood & Elementary Education to Counselor Education to Leadership Education, and featuring 40 full-time faculty members. Initial licensure and advanced programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT).  The Counselor Education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and are recognized for state licensure in both school and community counseling. The Leadership Education K-12 Principal and Superintendent programs are accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA). The WSU Children’s Center is accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


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