Low-Residency Hybrid Cohort

ex-ed-pic.jpgThe Master of Science in Experiential Education program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was established in 1972 and is the oldest such program in the U.S. It has operated over the decades as a flexible program that combines face-to-face core theory courses with independent experiential learning courses. We are pleased to announce the addition of a low residency hybrid option for the program with a new cohort starting each summer.

Who is it for?
The program is “adult-learner focused” for working professionals or fulltime graduate students who are interested in exploring their passions for leading, teaching, or facilitating experiential learning in formal or nonformal education-related settings. Our graduates are employed in the United States and around the globe as PK-12 school and university faculty and staff, program operators or owners, corporate trainers, and leaders in non-profit agencies and privately operated organizations.

What is it?
Experiential Education is a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to learning that integrates direct experience with focused reflection for developing new knowledge, relevant life skills, and socially-conscious dispositions. The mission of the MS in Experiential Education program is to prepare and renew professionals for effectively and ethically leading, teaching, and facilitating experiential learning for all learners - all ages, all abilities, all cultures, all identities.

When will it be offered?
Each new cohort will kick off in June and continue for 5 terms, culminating in December of the following year. Each summer term will include a 3-day required residency symposium; each fall and spring term will include a 2day residency symposium that can be attended in-person or virtually. See the schedule on the next page for more detail.

Where will the limited residency symposiums be offered?
The symposiums will be held at MSU’s Edina satellite site on the southwestern edge of Minneapolis at 7700 France Ave. This site is close to the I-494 south loop and is conveniently accessible from the airport and bus routes. The site has comfortable classrooms, computer labs, and a cafeteria. Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and green spaces are within walking distance.

Click here to apply. For more information, visit our website: https://link.mnsu.edu/exed. To ask questions, email Julie Carlson, Ed.D., Coordinator of MS in Experiential Education at: julie.carlson@mnsu.edu.

MS in Experiential Education Low-Residency Hybrid Cohort

  • New cohorts begin each summer in June
  • 34 credits (at least 24 must be EXED credits) 
  • 5 term program (Summer 1, Fall 1, Spring 1, Summer 2, Fall 2) (1.5 calendar yrs.)
  • 4 core theory courses, 1 research course, capstone, portfolio, enhanced with electives and independent learning practicums & projects
  • Mostly online delivery with required 2-3 day residency symposiums (3-day in-person sessions during summer terms; 2-day flexsync* sessions during fall and spring terms). 

*flexsync = attend in-person or virtually

Course Schedule – Example for Summer 2022 start

Terms Courses Symposiums at 7700 France Ave.

Summer 1
(early June 3 - late July)

EXED 650 – Teaching Methods in Exp. Ed. (3 cr.)

EXED 644 –
Philosophy of Exp. Ed. (3 cr.)

June 16-18, 2022
9 am – 4 pm
(required in-person)

Fall 1
(late Aug. – early Dec.)

EXED 603 – Project-based Learning (3 cr.)

1-2 electives*
(3 - 6 cr.)

Nov. 18-19, 2022
9 am – 4:00 pm
(required flexsync)

Spring 1
(early Jan. 10 – early May)

EXED 604 – Project-based Learning (3 cr.)

1-2 electives*
(3 – 6 cr.)

Apr. 21-22, 2023
9 am – 4 pm
(required flexsync)

Summer 2
(early June 3 - late July)

EXED 651 – Ethical Leadership for Exp. Ed. (3 cr.)

EXED 654 –
Guiding Reflection for Exp. Learning (3 cr.)

June 15-17, 2023
9 am – 4 pm
(required in-person)

Fall 2
(late Aug. – early Dec.)

EXED 646 – Research Methods in Exp Ed. (3 cr.)

Synchronous Online
5:00 – 7:45 pm

Capstone (3 cr.)
Portfolio (1 cr.)

Dec. 8, 2023
9 am – 4 pm
Capstone/Research Demonstrations (required flexsync)

Dec 9, 2023
Commencement Day – Mankato campus (optional)

*Electives chosen from other ExEd courses, 500+ RPLS, other MSU departments, or transferred in from another university.