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M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License Admissions


What we look for

  • A strong general academic foundation sufficient to succeed in our rigorous program, demonstrated by a strong GPA and a well-written essay
  • A thorough knowledge of your desired licensing area, demonstrated by significant coursework in your subject area
  • That teaching is a thoughtful and informed career choice, demonstrated by recent experience with children|youth; documented in resume, essay and letter of recommendation
  • A commitment to working with diverse populations and underrepresented, or marginalized, groups as indicated in resume, essay and|or letter of recommendation
  • A capacity for critical self-reflection as indicted in essay and letter of recommendation

Is teaching the right field for you? Find out more.

Note: The Dual Language and Immersion license has a separate application process.

Dates and deadlines

October 1: M.Ed./ILP application opens; Scholarship application opens

December 15: Application deadline

January 15: Scholarship application deadline

March 15: Admissions notifications on or before March 15.

May 18: Program orientation

Early June: Summer term begins

Required application documents

  1. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions. Official transcripts aren't required until after you are admitted. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from a recognized college or university in another country, is required. A 2.80 GPA is required for full acceptance. If your GPA is less than 2.8, your application will require special review.
  2. Resume. Tailor your resume to highlight your experiences and achievements working with children and youth.
  3. Essay. Describe the world you come from--for example, your family, community or school. Tell us about a time when your worldview has informed and/or been challenged by working with children | youth. Reflecting on this and other experiences, how do you hope to grow as a reflective teacher through our program? No longer than 5 pages. Standard font-size. Double-spaced. Include your name at the top of each page.
  4. Letter of recommendation. Ask someone who can speak to your experience working with children | youth, or who can vouch for your commitment to educational equity, to write your letter of recommendation. When you apply, list the name and email of your recommender. We will email them with instructions on how to submit their letter into the UMN application system.
  5. Extenuating circumstances statement (optional). While this is not required, if there is something on your transcript that does not accurately reflect who you are as a student, please write no more than 500 words documenting unusual circumstances or hardships you have faced and the ways in which you have overcome or responded to them.
  6. The GRE is not required.

Pre-requisites by Program Area

Teaching license requires prerequisite coursework varies based on program area. Read a list of the prerequisites by program area that are required for admission to the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License program.

Application fees

  • $75 fee for U.S. applicants. You may be contacted to expand on aspects of your application.
  • $95 fee for international applicants.

International applicants:

  • Required for non-Native English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB TOEFL institutional code: 6874. IELTS and MELAB scores must be received directly from the testing center. More information.
  • You must get a NACES-approved member organization to complete a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript. Please send the official evaluation to: Department of Curriculum & Instruction c/o Foreign Transcript Evaluations Peik Hall, 125 159 Pillsbury Dr. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Financial Aid and Tuition

Tuition Costs:

Find more cost information on the University of Minnesota’s website.

Financial Aid

  • Apply for financial aid when you submit your application
  • We awarded over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to teacher candidates last year.
  • If you intend to teach a high-need subject in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income families, you may be eligible to receive grants of up to $4,000/year. Learn more about the TEACH grant on Onestop under Employment or Service Related.
  • If you plan to teach full-time for five complete and consecutive years in schools that serve low-income families, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 through a program administered by the federal government.
  • Learn more about teacher loan forgiveness

How to apply

  1. Before you formally apply, ensure you have completed a prerequisite evaluation based on your transcript. If you have not, please email a copy of your unofficial transcript to ciinfo@umn.edu for evaluation; please indicate your intended licensure area. Transcripts reviews can take up to two weeks to complete; please plan accordingly and apply well in advance of the December 15th deadline. Elementary Education Foundations majors do not need to complete this step.
  2. Read the application directions and reference the application checklist to ensure you have all the required forms and documents needed to apply.
  3. Apply online

We are here to help! If you have questions, please contact ciinfo@umn.edu

Note: The Dual Language and Immersion license has a separate application process.


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