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M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License in English Education


Overview

Earn a license to teach English in grades 5-12 in Minnesota. Our program will prepare you to step into your classroom with confidence and solid classroom experience through our unique co-teaching practicum model. The license to teach in Minnesota is highly transferable to other states and our candidates are sought after by local school districts.

If you already have earned your initial teaching license, we offer additional teaching licenses in Communications Arts and Reading.

Masters of Education

This program includes two components: initial licensure to be an English teacher in Minnesota and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers our teacher preparation programs at the graduate level because it affords you the opportunity to master your content knowledge through your undergraduate degree before being placed in a real classroom for an optimal learning experience.

Combining an M.Ed. with your teaching license offers the following advantages:

  • Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an M.Ed.
  • Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase [Teacher.org]
  • Though the salary increase with a master's degree will vary by district and state, Minnesota teachers are on the higher end of the payscale. Median Minnesota teacher salaries were $62,470 and $64,310 for middle school and high school respectively in 2016 [BLS]
  • Once a teacher is employed, there is much more mobility that comes with a master's degree. Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon their graduate training.

Timeline

The initial teaching licensure coursework is offered in a full-time, 15-month, post-baccalaureate format integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Courses start in the summer and finish the following summer. Students earning their M.Ed. along with initial license complete 12 additional credits after finishing the licensure part of the program. Evening, online, and summer courses are available to complete the M.Ed. coursework after licensure. You have up to three years to complete the required 12 credits to earn your Master of Education.

Unique Cohort and Co-Teaching Model

You will be placed in a classroom with an experienced teacher as part of your educational experience. With ample opportunity to co-teach with a master teacher, you'll merge the theory of your coursework with the complex and compelling realities of the classroom to enter your career with confidence and experience in the field. Learn more about the co-teaching experience.

Our graduate program is designed to foster a community of support. You will join a cohort of candidates who want to become social studies teachers and be paired with experienced teachers to complete your fieldwork, entering the classroom prepared to teach.

“You build such strong connections with people who are on the same career path. My colleagues in the cohort push my thinking and growth as much as my professors. I know that I will always be able to rely on them to help me critically reflect and grow my pedagogy in the years to come."
— Paul Glembocki, M.Ed. in English Education, 2018

Career Outlook

The 2015-16 cohort had 96% first year job placement. Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally. The median salary for Minnesota teachers in 2016 was $62,470 for middle school teachers and $64,310 for high school teachers.

Curriculum

The coursework will cover core instructional practices including:

  • Reading methods
  • Writing methods
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Classroom discourse and discussion
  • Literature methods
  • Critical media analysis
  • Adolescent literature
  • Assessment of writing
  • Critical literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Literacy for English language learners

You’ll also have the opportunity to put your coursework into practice directly in the classroom with the unique teaching practicum and co-teaching experience.

To look at the core curriculum and electives for the program, visit the University course catalog Teaching M.Ed. page and scroll down to see the English sub-plan.

English teacher candidates are expected to have significant completed coursework in English and ethnic studies, writing and literature. See prerequisites for English education. You will have an opportunity to complete up to two prerequisites during the Fall semester of your initial licensure coursework.

Admissions Information

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

Admission decisions made early February.

To ensure you have the required prerequisites to enter the program, please get your transcript pre-checked by the academic adviser, Michelle McElroy before applying. A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA are required.

DirecTrack to Teaching: For current freshmen and sophomores at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, DirecTrack to Teaching offers a preferred admission to the M.Ed. and Initial licensure program. If you are a freshman or sophomore interested in teaching, visit the DirecTrack page.

For detailed admission information and tuition information on the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License program visit the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License program admissions page.

english education student Julie Sinn

"The curriculum in the English Education program centers around critical literacy, which is a core theoretical and philosophical belief that I will carry with me to my future classrooms as an educator."
Julie Sinn, M.Ed 2017