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Initial licensure
Elementary Education

Earn a license to teach in elementary (K - 6) classrooms in Minnesota. Our candidates are highly sought after by districts, and our license is highly transferable to other states.

This is a post-baccalaureate, full-time, 15-month program. Current undergraduate students: see our Elementary Education Foundations major.

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

If you have already earned your initial teaching license, we offer additional teaching licenses in a variety of subjects.

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Our vision
Every kid deserves a favorite teacher

Favorite teachers are dynamic. Book-smart. Kid-smart. A true master of changing lives--the best educators know how to do what it takes.

Favorite teachers care about their students. "Humanity is our most powerful tool as a teacher." Who could say it better than our alum, and 2014 MN Teacher of the Year,"Mr. Rad".

Favorite teachers want to change the world. How would the world be different if every kid had a favorite teacher? If your life is different because a teacher believed in you, then pay it forward. Didn't have a favorite teacher? Then become what you didn't have yourself. There's a kid out there who needs you.

Ready to become a favorite teacher? Join our community of teacher candidates.

It takes a village
Community

Our program is designed to foster a community of support. You will join a cohort of candidates who want to become elementary teachers.

You'll study together, learn from your field experiences together, support and be supported by a group of people with the same ambition as you: to become an amazing teacher.

Be mentored
Learn from master teachers

With opportunity to co-teach with a master teacher, you'll merge the theory of your coursework with the realities of the classroom.

Collaborating with and learning from experienced, inspired teachers, start your career with confidence and the capacity to become a favorite teacher.

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

Complete your licensure and masters in education coursework in 12-15 months of full-time study.

A graduate degree will earn you a pay increase and the additional course(s) will sharpen your skills and hone your confidence as an educator.

Teamwork is key
Quote from an alum

"I cherish the bond I have with my teachers in the classroom and here at the University.

Teamwork is key! As teachers, we work as a team and we use each other as resources."

Real world experience
Advice from an alum

"You can only learn so much from classes and textbooks.

Work hard in your practicums and take in everything you can, because that's where your most valuable learning will take place."

Discover your passion
Quote from an alum

"I uncovered a passion for working with urban youth and hope to continue to do so in my teaching profession."

Teach every student
Quote from an alum

"My favorite practicum experience showed me a strong school where the teachers communicate effectively and reach each student through the use of different teaching methods."

Begin with confidence
Prepared

We designed our program to prepare you to be an exceptional educator.

Our curriculum offers cutting-edge theory and significant practice in the field. Take a look at the courses you will take with us.

Be in-demand
Hired

The 2013-14 cohort had 93.8% first year job placement. Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally.

Make a good living
Well-
compensated

Earn, on average, $6,000/year more than a teacher with a bachelor's degree.

Afford
Program costs + Financial aid

$660.17 / credit for residents; $1,021.17 / credit for nonresidents. Find more cost information. Apply for financial aid.

We also awarded over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to teacher candidates last year. There are several CEHD scholarships available for new M.Ed. students who are prospective teachers and only one application you need to fill out for all potential scholarships through the college. The application period opens in October and closes January 15. Apply for a scholarship.

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. TEACH grant information.

Afford
Loan forgiveness

If you 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

Become a favorite teacher:

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required. Favorite elementary teachers are masters of their subjects, with significant completed coursework across a variety of disciplines. See prerequisites.

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Academic adviser
Anna Schick

aschick@umn.edu