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Science Education

For teachers who hold a current Minnesota teaching license and want to teach science in grades 9-12.

Application deadlines:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission
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Customized

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.

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Tuition + Aid
Affordable

$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.

Competencies + coursework
Chemistry

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the chemistry license:

  • CI 5533 - Current Developments in Science Teaching
  • One year sequence in chemistry, with labs
  • Analytical Chemistry, with labs
  • One year Organic Chemistry, with labs
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Research in Chemistry
  • One course in historical and social perspectives of science
  • Scientific Reasoning or thought

Competencies + coursework
Life science

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the life science license:

  • CI 5533 - Current Developments in Science Teaching
  • One year sequence in life sciences (8-10 cr)

Courses in:

  • General Zoology, General Botany, Human Physiology OR Animal Physiology
  • Ecology or Ecology and Society
  • Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology
  • Research in life sciences (2 cr)

Competencies + coursework
Physics

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the physics license:

  • CI 5533 - Current Developments in Science Teaching
  • Introductory Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Upper division topical physics
  • Directed research in physics

 

Competencies + coursework
Earth + Space science

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the earth and space science license:

  • CI 5533 - Current Developments in Science Teaching
  • Astronomy, with Labs
  • Physical Geology, with labs
  • Historical Geology
  • Oceanography or Limnology
  • Earth Materials or Mineralogy & Petrology
  • Land Forms
  • Human Oriented Geology
  • Field Methods of Geology
  • Integrated Earth Systems
  • One course in historical and social perspectives of science
  • Scientific Reasoning or thought

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Required:

  • Current state of Minnesota teaching license
  • 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
Barbara Billington

bill0041@umn.edu
(612) 626.2471