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DirecTrack to Teaching

The priority deadline to begin DirecTrack in fall 2015 is February 16, 2015. The final deadline is May 1, 2015.

What Is DirecTrack?

Get on the path to teaching licensure as an undergraduate through DirecTrack to Teaching. The program offers early admission to the College of Education and Human Development’s initial licensure program and gives undergraduates early exposure to the culture of teaching and schools. Enter the profession with confidence and competence.

Program Areas

You'll find it easiest to fulfill all your major and DirecTrack to Teaching requirements if you choose an undergraduate major that is directly related to your desired teaching field. Review the content-area prerequisites linked below, and consult with your current college adviser, as well as with the initial licensure program adviser for your desired teaching area.

Note: DirecTrack to Teaching is not a stand-alone undergraduate major, and it does not lead to any particular baccalaureate degree. You will maintain your current University of Minnesota undergraduate college and major status (e.g., CLA, history major) while pursuing the DirecTrack to Teaching program.


Exploring the Teaching Profession: EDHD 3001 (2 cr) and 3002 (2 cr)

At least one education course is required per year.

Application Info

Who Is Eligible?

Currently enrolled University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate students with either second-term freshman status or second-term sophomore status may apply. We're looking for exceptional students who hold promise as future educators. We want to see the following:

  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 overall (3.0 is preferred). A minimum 3.0 overall GPA is required for maintaining your status in the program.
  • volunteer activities that show an interest in education. We look for candidates who  have demonstrated their interest in teaching with activities and volunteer experiences related to children and youth.

Undergraduate transfer students from outside the University of Minnesota system who meet the above criteria are also eligible to apply. Candidates must have at least two years of studies remaining at the University of Minnesota after transfer.

How To Apply

  • A complete application includes two parts: submitting the online application below and emailing the three admission statements.
  • Part 1:
    Submit the DirecTrack to Teaching online application. Within the online application, you will be asked to include a list of activities and volunteer experiences, including the organization name, dates you worked or volunteered, age range, and a summary of your responsibilities.
  • Part 2:
    Email admission statements A, B, and C to The statements should be in one document and label each statement, e.g. "Question A: Experience with difference" and save your document as"J Smith DirecTrack Application Statements." Each statement should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages with 12 point font.

    • QUESTION A: Experience with difference:
      Please describe a specific experience in your life that required you to navigate through an environment or situation different from that which you are familiar. How did you approach this experience? What did you learn? Note that the experience you describe may reflect difference across dimensions such as race, socio-economic status, gender, language, religion, geography, sexual orientation, special needs.
    • QUESTION B: Educational disparities
      Disparity in educational outcomes is a major challenge in Minnesota. How do you account for these disparities? How do you view your role as a future educator in addressing educational disparities?
    • QUESTION C: Becoming a teacher
      Discuss your life and work experiences that have influenced your decision to become a teacher.
  • Apply by the February 16 priority deadline to be considered for admission to the DirecTrack to Teaching program for the following fall semester. The final deadline is May 1. Applications submitted after February 16 will be reviewed on a space-available basis, so apply early! Speak with Shuji Asai for more details. Call 612-626-0997 or email

After You've Been Accepted

After acceptance into the DirecTrack to Teaching program, you will attend a spring orientation. DirecTrack to Teaching advisers in the College of Education and Human Development will work closely with you to help you choose the proper coursework to meet DirecTrack to Teaching requirements.

Benchmark Minimums

You will be required to meet the following benchmarks to continue participating in the DirecTrack to Teaching program:

  • Achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 throughout the program.
  • Maintain full-time student status and good academic standing in the major, and adequate progress toward graduation.
  • Take at least one course in the DirecTrack to Teaching sequence per academic year after admission to DirecTrack to Teaching.
  • Earn grades in DirecTrack to Teaching courses of B or higher.
  • Stay on track toward successful completion of subject area prerequisite courses for the M.Ed./initial licensure program.
  • Participate in at least two DirecTrack to Teaching professional development events per semester (when not enrolled in a DirecTrack to Teaching course).
  • Participate in the DirecTrack to Teaching learning community via the online networking site.
  • Complete at least 100 hours of practicum/service-learning experience through enrollment in Exploring the Teaching Profession coursework: EDHD 3001 and EDHD 3002 (two 2-credit course sequence: 4-credit total).
  • Other benchmarks may be required by specific programs.

After DirecTrack to Teaching

After you've completed your undergraduate degree and met all DirecTrack to Teaching benchmarks, you will be eligible to begin the graduate-level initial licensure program in your field. If you graduate and complete DirecTrack to Teaching in the spring semester, you will begin your initial licensure program that summer.

Program Contacts

Karla Stone
Coordinator, DirecTrack to Teaching

Shuji Asai
Senior Academic Advisor

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