FAQs

Education Department/EdTrAc Frequently Asked Questions

What is Education Department/EdTrAc?

The Education Department helps prepare K-12 teacher candidates. The Education Department/EdTrac office is located in C 3040 and is staffed by Director of Teacher Education, Linette Manier and Office Assistant, Laurie Kuehl

What are the benefits of joining the FEA?

Benefits include:

  • Network with other students pursuing a teaching degree
  • Be involved with education-related activities and service projects for school children
  • Be involved in a pre-professional organization

What should I do if I want to teach students in elementary school?

Students interested in becoming elementary school teachers in Minnesota will pursue a teaching degree in elementary education and be licensed K-6, enabling them to teach kindergarten through 6th grade. Students should follow these steps:

  • First, try to identify 1 or 2 universities to which you may transfer after attending Normandale
  • Second, follow the course list from your choice of university, or follow the list for the A.S. degree in Elementary Education
  • For additional assistance in planning, meet with the Linette Manier in the EdTrAc office in C3040.

What should I do if I want to teach middle or high school students?

Students interested in becoming high school or middle school teachers will pursue a teaching degree in secondary education. Students must complete the MnTC goals and certain courses required for their major. Whenever possible, students should enroll in courses that meet the Transfer Curriculum goals andthe courses required for the major. To plan for this, follow these three steps:

  • First, decide what your major area will be, e.g., physics, math, language arts
  • Second, try to select a university or two to which you plan to transfer to finish your 4-year degree
  • Third, review the course requirements in your major and enroll in the equivalent courses at Normandale, keeping in mind which Transfer curriculum goals they meet
  • For assistance in this planning, student should meet with Linette Manier in the EdTrAc office.

What if I want to teach art, music or a world language?

These subjects are available as K-12 licenses. Students should complete the MnTC and take electives in the subject that they want to teach. Students should explore the different program requirements at several colleges or universities to ensure that they take the proper classes for transfer.

For assistance in this planning, student should meet with Linette Manier in the EdTrAc office.

What if I want to teach Early Childhood. What should I do?

Students interested in early childhood education will pursue a teaching degree of birth-grade 3. You will have to transfer to complete this 4-year degree. Students must complete the MnTC goals, and certain courses required for their major. Whenever possible, students should enroll in courses that meet the Transfer Curriculum goals and the courses required for the major. To plan for this, follow these two steps:

  • First, try to select a university or two to which you plan to transfer to finish your 4-year degree
  • Second, review the course requirements in your major and enroll in the equivalent courses at Normandale, keeping in mind which Transfer curriculum goals they meet
  • For assistance in planning, students should meet with Linette Manier in the EdTrAc office.

How do I change my major to Education?

Start here for change of major info:

What you need to know about the Mankato Program

Can EdTrAc answer questions about the Mankato program?

Questions about Normandale's Associate degrees in Education Foundations and general inquiries about your transfer to four-year education programs can be answered by Linette Manier, Director of Teacher Education in the EdTrAc office - C3040.

Specific questions about the Mankato Elementary Education licensure and degree or Mankato Special Education licensure should be directed to Linette Manier on the Normandale campus.

Do I need to be a full-time student?

While taking foundations courses at Normandale, you can be a part-time or full-time student. Once you transfer into the Minnesota State University, Mankato program, you will need to be a full-time student for three semesters of coursework and a semester of student teaching. 

When can I enter the program?

The Elementary Education Application deadline is early February. Check with the Education Department for details. It is important to communicate with the Education Department in the Fall before you apply. 

Enrollment dates depend on the program:

  • Program entry for the Elementary Education cohort occurs every fall semester.
  • Fall Semester application deadline is February.

How will I know when to enter?

Mankato is requiring that students complete all the coursework (60 credits) required during the first two years before being admitted to their program.

How can I have my transcript evaluated?

Please schedule a meeting with Linette Manier in the Education Department as soon as you have determined you want to be a teacher. 

How do I apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato?

For information on the application process, contact Linette Manier for the Elementary Education program and for the Special Education Program.

I already have a Bachelor's degree. Will any of that count?

Your completed coursework may meet most or all of our General Education requirements.

You should contact Linette Manier at for elementary education and for special education to have your transcript reviewed.