Graduate Induction Program

The program is designed to assist first year teachers with challenges unique to entry into the profession of education. Central to program effort is the exchange of services made possible by placing fully licensed Residents in Rochester K-6 classrooms, thus freeing selected classroom teachers to work as full-time Clinical Coaches in mentoring roles.

Residents complete a Master of Science in Education through a sequence of coursework and field components during a period including Sessions I and II, 2022, the 2022-2023 school year and Summer Sessions I and II, 2023. The Residents will be compensated up to $11,000 and provided a tuition waiver for 32 graduate credits. The total compensation package will be subject to federal and state income tax withholding.      

Application Process:

Complete undergraduate degree by June before summer session begins.

  1. Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75, with preference given to those with a 3.00 G.P.A. (includes all post-secondary work).
  2. 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
  3. Provide:
    1. Completed application form
    2. Cover letter
    3. A resume
    4. Student teaching evaluation from your cooperating teacher
    5. Two GIP recommendation forms from college/university faculty
    6. Proof of passing Basic Skills Exam (Reading, Writing, and Math) MTLE Pedagogy Tests, and MTLE Content Tests.  

Application Deadlines:

Priority admissions deadline by January 27, 2022.

All applications due by March 17, 2022.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview.

How to Apply:

Applications can be submitted via mail, in person, by fax at (507) 328-4398, or online. If mailing a completed application, please send materials to:

ATTN: Jennifer Klampe
Graduate Induction Program

Facilities Service Building
3935 Hwy 14 East
Rochester, MN 55904

  1. Apply to Winona State University
  2. Download GIP Application
  3. Download GIP Recommendation
  4. Submit GIP Application
  5. Submit GIP Recommendation
Picture of the Graduate Induction Program members outside

Winona State University and Independent School District 535 have been joint participants in a Graduate Induction Program for grades K-6 elementary classrooms in the Rochester 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.

For more information, please contact: 

Julie Ruzek
District Facilitator of Family and Community Engagement 
(507) 328-4354 | Email

Jennifer Klampe
GIP Secretary
(507) 328-4375 | Email