WSU Graduate Induction Program student and faculty.

Graduate Induction Program

Beginning in 1986, Winona State University (WSU) and Independent School District 535 have been joint participants in a Graduate Induction Program for grades K-6 in the Rochester, MN Public Schools.

The program is designed to assist inexperienced teachers (residents) with challenges unique to entry into the field of education.

Residents complete a Master of Science in Education through a sequence of course work and field components. K-5 residents are placed in elementary school settings. Residents assigned to a sixth grade are at a middle school site.

The Graduate Induction Program is open to students with a K-6 Elementary Education license.

Graduate Resident Application Process

1. Complete undergraduate degree by June before summer session begins.

2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, with preference given to those with a 3.00 GPA (includes all post-secondary work).

3. Be eligible for appropriate Minnesota teaching licensure: Elementary Education K-6. Any student who has a criminal record may potentially be unable to obtain licensure.

If a student has questions regarding this please contact the Program Director Dr. Joel Traver at

4. Provide:

  • Completed application form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Student teaching evaluation from your cooperating teacher
  • Two GIP recommendation forms from college/university faculty
  • Proof of passing Essential Academic Skills Exams (Reading, Writing, and Math), MTLE Pedagogy Tests, and MTLE Content Tests or MN Teaching License

5. Apply to WSU Graduate Application for Admission and pay application fee.

6. Be available for WSU Summer Sessions I and II immediately preceding and following the yearlong practicum.

Completed applications are due by Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview.

Application materials

Mail completed application materials to:
Graduate Induction Program
FSC Building
3935 Hwy 14 East
Rochester, MN, 55904

You can also email materials to or fax to 507.328.4398.