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Initial licensure
Second Language Education

Earn a license to teach ESL + world languages in Minnesota K-12 classrooms. Our license is highly transferable to other states.

This is a post-baccalaureate, full-time, 15 month program. Current undergrads: see our DirecTrack pre-teaching program and ESL minor.

Interested in teaching at an immersion school? See our Elementary education license.

We also offer a part-time program for working professionals.

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

If you have already earned your initial license, we offer additional teaching licenses in ESL and World Languages Education.

Young teacher

Choose your license(s)
Languages

Many students complete a license in ESL and in a world language. You may also complete licensure in one or two world languages.

Arabic | Chinese (Mandarin) | French | German |Greek | Hebrew | Italian | Japanese | Latin | Norwegian | Ojibwe | Russian | Spanish | Swedish | + English as a second language (ESL)

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 second language 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.

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

Complete your licensure coursework in 15 months of full-time study.

Work for a year as a classroom teacher, then complete your M.Ed. by taking 3 credits (typically 1 course).

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 cohorts had 93.8% first year job placement. Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally.

Return on investment
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. More about the TEACH grant.

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

Prepare to apply
Get ready

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required. See prequisites for ESL and for World language


Get Ready to Apply

Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy

wort0005@umn.edu