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Add a license
Communication Arts + Literature

For teachers who:

  • hold a current Minnesota teaching license
  • want to add, or extend, a license to teach English in middle and high schools.
  • have completed significant college-level coursework in language and communication arts

Application deadlines:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission
Student and teacher working on writing together

Get credit for past work

After you are admitted, you will receive a customized curriculum plan of courses to take to be recommended for licensure.

This ensures you get maximum credit for previous academic work and work experiences.

State-required competency areas and corresponding UMN course requirements:

Alternatives to these courses must be approved by your adviser.

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

You can pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and M.Ed. degree in English education at the same time.

You will need to apply to both the license program and the M.Ed. and then work with your adviser to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

Get an edge
Cutting-edge research

Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers.

Deborah Dillon

Lori Helman

Tim Lensmire

Cynthia Lewis

David O'Brien

Marek Oziewicz

Jessica Dockter Tierney

Knowing the quality of our curriculum and instruction, districts hire and retain our graduates because of their expertise and leadership.

Tuition + Aid

$660.17/credit for residents; $1,021.17/credit for nonresidents

Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Required: Current state of Minnesota teaching license, and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

Admission decisions are made up to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined upon receipt of your application.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty adviser.
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Educational goal statement. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.
  • Current Minnesota teaching license. Upload in the Department\Program Forms section.

Apply online. Complete the following sections:

    • Personal information
    • Application information
    • Educational background
    • Employment/Residence information

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Lecturer + Program Coordinator
Jessica Dockter Tierney
(612) 301.9854