If you are a transfer student from a community
college or from another four year institution, understand that transfer
students make up a significant percentage of the student population
in the education programs at Winona State. The faculty and staff
work hard to make the transition process go as smoothly as possible
for those students joining us with initial college experiences in
Special policies are in effect for individuals
who have completed a four year Bachelor of Arts degree and seek
MN licensing. If you seek to:
- gain initial teaching licensure,
- add on a second license area, or
- transfer your teaching license to Minnesota
from another state, please see the appropriate section heading
|I have my Associate of Arts degree. How
do I earn my four year degree and teaching license?
Individuals who have completed an
Associate of Arts degree and who wish to go on to complete
a four year degree leading to intial teaching licensure fall
under the following guidelines:
- Must be admitted to WSU as transfer students by the Admmissions
- Need to declare education major when applying
- An A.A. degree waives students through gen ed breadth
requirements EXCEPT courses required
- Students must still complete specialty requirements -
including gen ed depth courses.
- Students must be admitted into the teacher education
program the semester prior to taking courses in the
professional ed sequence.
- Students can take required content courses without being
admitted into the techer education program.
- It is anticipated that beginning Spring, 2002 the
2.75 gpa will be enforced for all students seeking admission.
- Students still must meet grade require for admission
to teacher education:
- B or better in a 3 sem. hour college-level writng
course (ENG111 at WSU)
- B or better in a 3 sem. hour college-level speech
course (CMST191 at WSU)
- B or better in a 3 sem. hour college-level math course
(MATH100 at WSU)
- Must take professional ed sequence courses.
|I'm interested in transferring completed credits.
What do I do?
The first step for students transferring
to WSU is to seek formal admission to the university. For
information on appropriate procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 507-457-5100.
As part of the admissions process,
transfer specialists in the Admission Office will conduct
a credit evaluation of previously completed coursework for
general requirements of the desired degree / certification
program. In cases which are not clear cut, students will be
asked to submit a course syllabi and a completed course substitution
form to the appropriate department.
Students who complete additional course
work after the credit evaluation has been done by the Admissions
Office will need to meet with their assigned advisor to complete
Course Substitution Forms once they arrive on campus in person.
Students pursuing K-12 and 5-12 licenses
will be asked to contact their secondary licensing department
to confirm the transfer of content area coursework. Example:
students seeking high school English teaching will probably
need to see the English department to crosscheck transfer
courses in English.
Students pursuing Special Education
teaching licensure will need to contact the Special Education
Department (which is a separate department from the Education
Students seeking Early Childhood or
Elementary Licenses are advised through the Education Department
|Can I get preapproval of
anticipated transfer courses?
Students who anticipate transferring
to WSU in coming semesters sometimes request reassurance that
courses they are currently enrolled in or about to take at
their current institution will be accepted as meeting requirements
in the WSU program. Questions should be addressed to the transfer
specialists in the Admissions
Office at 507-457-5100. Several
policies guide responses to such inquiries...
- A list of acceptable transfer credits
from all Minnesota community colleges is available from
- any MN community college,
- the WSU admissions office, or
- on-line as the MN Articulation Agreement.
- Courses in the professional education
sequence for teacher licensure are increasingly difficult
- With the move from course requirements
to competency requirements, courses with the same title
often are not equivalent in terms of competencies.
- This statement is most true in broad
courses such as Human Development and Learning, Instructional
Planning and Assessment, and Human Relations.
- Neither the Admissions Office nor
the Education Dept. can provide quality answers about anticipated
course work until students have applied at WSU.
|What about admission into the Education Program?
||Students cannot proceed
into the professional education course sequence until they have
been formally admitted into the teacher education program. The
first step in being formally admitted to the teacher education
program is to attend a mandatory admission meeting at the beginning
of the semester prior to the anticipated enrollment for course
work. Transfer students who have not been admitted before their
arrival on campus will need to plan on taking their first semester
as a chance to fill in general education courses or content
courses outside of the professional education sequence. For
more information, please see the admissions
page of this website.
|If I transfer in, how will my advisor
After declaring an education major, transfer students will
be assigned an ongoing advisor. For more information, see
the advisors list within
|Who should I contact first if I am a transfer student?