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Initial licensure
Arts in Education

Earn a license to teach PreK-12 visual arts, dance or theatre arts in Minnesota classrooms. Our license is highly transferable to other states.

This is a post-baccalaureate, full-time, 13-month program.

For more detailed inforation about admission and prerequisites, visit the ILP admissions page.

Current Twin Cities campus freshman and sophomore students interested in teaching PreK-12 visual arts, dance or theatre arts can gain early admission through the DirecTrack pre-teaching program.

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

If you have already earned your initial teaching license, we offer additional teaching licenses in visual arts, theatre arts and dance.

Child making art

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 art 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 an 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 13 months of full-time study with summer courses starting in mid-June.

Complete your M.Ed. by taking 3 credits (typically 1 course) during the summer following your coursework.

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.

Additional License

For students that already have a teaching license but are interested in pursuing a second license in visual arts, theatre or dance, visit the arts in education additional license page. This program can be taken full-time or part-time, and classes are offered evenings for working professionals.

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 2014-15 cohort had a 100 percent 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.

Cutting-edge research

Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers.

Jim Bequette

Betsy Maloney Leaf

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


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.

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, along with significant completed coursework in studio art, dance or theatre. See visual arts prerequisites, dance prerequisites or theatre prerequisites.


Get Ready to Apply

Academic adviser
Anna Schick

aschick@umn.edu