A student from Winona State University-Rochester gains classroom experience with the Rochester School District.

Few professions are as important to society as teachers. The Winona State University-Rochester Teacher Education program is helping to inspire a new generation of teachers within the greater Rochester area. With our flexible and personalized Nights and Weekends degree completion program, returning students and adult learners can earn their Bachelor of Science Teaching Degree in Elementary Education and help “pass the flame” of education throughout our community.

The Elementary Education Nights and Weekends program was designed to reflect the needs of today’s 21st century learners, especially continuing or returning students. Courses in this program are offered at night and on weekends, which provides a flexible path towards a career as an elementary school teacher. Individuals well suited for this program include paraprofessionals, mid-career professionals, recent college graduates, non-instructional assistants, school service providers, career changers, adult learners in child-centered jobs, and more. Students in this program will be eligible for Elementary Education Licensure (K-6) in Minnesota.

Help Us “Pass the Flame”

An important part of the educational experience at Winona State University-Rochester is the connection students make with leaders from local industries and organizations. This is essential for all students, but especially for those that are starting a new career path. To help inspire those considering a new career as a teacher, WSU-Rochester is hosting an alumni, teacher, and prospective student open house and networking event on Thursday, February 27 from 5-7 PM at the STEM Village in the Heintz Center. Free tacos will be provided by Taco JED!

“Pass the Flame” Education Open House
Inspiring a New Generation of Teachers

RSVP Online. Free!

Thursday, February 27, 5-7 PM
STEM Village the Heintz Center
1926 Collegeview Rd E
Rochester, MN 55904

5:00 PM- Networking and Tacos
5:30 PM- Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:00 PM- Personal Advising


Event attendees will be able to network with local teachers and WSU alumni to talk about the teaching profession and current trends in education. Prospective students will also be able to meet with faculty and staff from WSU-Rochester to learn how they can earn a Minnesota licensure in Elementary Education (K-6).

There will be plenty of time for one-on-one conversations and individual academic planning during the event. Advisors from WSU will be on hand to help interested students start the application process that night!

This event will highlight the WSU-Rochester Elementary Education Nights & Weekends program, a great option for working professionals to obtain their Bachelor of Science Teaching Degree in Elementary Education. Local teachers will also be talking about the teaching profession in general and helping prospective students find their path to a successful career as an educator.

Pass the flame… and pass the tacos!

(Did we mention the free tacos from Rochester’s very own Taco JED?)

Nothing gets the conversation going like sharing good food from a locally-owned restaurant.

We hope the community will come together to “taco-bout” the future of education here in Rochester.

Alumni and current teachers are invited to join us as well to share their experiences. Alumni can register to participate through Winona State University Alumni & Friends.


For more information about this event or Teacher Education programs at WSU-Rochester, please contact:

Megan Simonson
Recruitment & Advising Coordinator
Rochester Education Department – Winona State University


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