Welcome to the College of Education

WSU’s College of Education is steeped in history. In fact, the university was founded as an institution dedicated to the training of teachers, and was the first teacher training school west of the Mississippi. Over the last century and a half, we’ve grown to five different colleges and each puts a high value on the training of tomorrow’s teachers. Our interdisciplinary approach gives students a solid background in their subject matter and prepares them thoroughly for the classroom.

Students who enter the field of education to become teachers, counselors, coaches, educational leaders or administrators have diverse backgrounds but are united in their commitment to public service. They are truly dedicated to improving our world by taking on a challenging and rewarding profession. Scholarship and servant leadership are the hallmarks of the College of Education.

In 2009, Winona State University joined a select group of universities in the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). These schools were awarded multi-million dollar grants by the Archibald Bush Foundation to improve and transform the process of teacher education. We call our initiative “teach21.” Students, faculty, and staff in the College of Education have reached out to public school teachers and administrators in order to develop new and expanded teacher preparation programs.

As we constantly strive to improve and innovate to keep up with the needs of tomorrow’s learners, we never lose sight of our original purpose-to inspire a love of learning in future generations.