St. Cloud State University’s College of Education and Learning Design Expands Online Offering with Master’s in Education Programs with Flexibility and Accessibility Top of Mind

July 27, 2022


July 27, 2022 – St. Cloud State University announces the expansion of its online portfolio of graduate degrees, supported by Academic Partnerships (AP), beginning fall 2022. The new online graduate-level education programs will complement the existing portfolio of AP-supported online MBA business programs.

Much like its online MBA program launched in the spring, St. Cloud State is designing these graduate education programs with working professionals in mind, especially those who wish to expand their careers but need the flexibility to balance both personal and professional goals.

“These new, online, accelerated programs create flexible opportunities for students to have access to exceptional faculty who are deeply committed to high standards and excellence in teaching and learning. Our staff are professionally prepared and readily available to provide academic and student support on a full-time basis. We have a systematic and supportive approach to student performance assessment which builds student confidence and success. We are proud our faculty are involved in cutting edge research and best practices to provide experiences that reach far beyond the classroom with a wealth of opportunities to engage candidates in authentic learning,” said Dr. Jennifer Mueller, St. Cloud State Dean of the College of Education and Learning Design.   

St. Cloud State’s College of Education and Learning Design programs provide active and applied learning, practitioner-focused curriculum and field experience opportunities. It is at the leading edge of the field of education, along with the University’s focus on being an institution of choice for students seeking degrees in the fields of engineering and applied sciences, holistic health and wellness, and leadership across all disciplines. This focus on high-demand fields while providing a range of opportunities for the success of students is the cornerstone of It’s Time, the University’s strategic framework for the future. St. Cloud State is boldly rethinking the way it provides an education for its students. This online and accelerated format is one of several new initiatives designed to meet the professional goals of students and the needs of top employers, in the region and beyond.

St. Cloud State University is proud to be a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the council for Higher Education Accreditation, demonstrating a long-standing record of academic excellence and leadership in the region. In addition, the College of Education and Learning Design and its Teacher Education Unit are leaders in the revitalization of education in Minnesota and the nation.

St. Cloud State education programs enjoy a long-held reputation across the Midwest for the nurturing, innovative and creative approaches to teaching and for producing well-prepared professionals for the classroom. At the College of Education and Learning Design, students are the passion, and academic excellence is the guiding principle.

Applications are being accepted and online courses start August 22. Apply by August 8 for the following MS programs:

  • MS Curriculum and Instruction 
  • MS in Educational Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Special Education

St. Cloud State is a leader in central Minnesota providing graduate education in more than 60 applied certificate, master’s and doctoral programs. The College of Education and Learning Design prepares educators from the pre-K through doctoral level to meet the needs of learners, parents and communities. Graduates play integral roles in the growth and development of individuals in the schools and communities in Minnesota, the United States and internationally. Students, alumni, faculty and staff employ their knowledge and skills to enhance communities, contribute to a better, equitable future, and make a significant difference in the lives of those they touch.

AP is a leading online facilitator focused primarily on adult learners and a partner to approximately 55 universities, primarily regional universities, across North America. AP assists those institutions in expanding access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant education.

St. Cloud State and its faculty will ensure academic quality by managing all aspects of teaching, curriculum, and course content, while AP will assist with prospective student outreach and will work collaboratively in a consultative role with faculty to help convert their courses to an online format.

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About St. Cloud State University

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State University prepares students for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In its rigorous academic programs, students apply their knowledge in real-world settings. With individualized student support, the institution’s 200 undergraduate academic programs, 60 graduate degrees and two doctoral programs serve more than 10,000 students. St. Cloud State is leading into the future by boldly altering the way it serves a new generation of students with a focus on research and innovation. Learn more about St. Cloud State University at

About Academic Partnerships

Based in Dallas, Texas, Academic Partnerships is an online facilitator that assists primarily public institutions of higher education across North America in taking their academic programs online and recruits and retains qualified students through program completion. AP’s mission is to expand access to top quality, affordable and workforce relevant education, especially for working and adult students. Founded in digital innovation more than a decade ago, Academic Partnerships brings single-minded dedication, an integrated set of services and data-driven performance to our collaboration with university partners. For more information on innovative online learning solutions, please visit

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