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Dual language & immersion

Initial Elementary Teaching License and Master of Education

Prepare to be an elementary teacher in a dual language/immersion (DLI) classroom.
Next cohort: June 2018

This two-year, graduate-level initial license teacher preparation program will give you the experience, knowledge, and skills you need to teach in both dual language/immersion and regular elementary education settings. You will earn a Master’s of Education degree and qualify for a K-6 licensure in Elementary Education. Infused in the program is DLI-specific content such as biliteracy development and language-focused teaching strategies.

Are you ready to build a career in a high-needs area?

Minnesota has an increasing need for qualified teachers in elementary immersion and dual language programs. The Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network estimates that more than 15,000 students in Minnesota learning their subject matter in a non-English language, including Hmong, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, German, French, and more.

Is the Dual Language and Immersion Licensure (DLI-L) program right for you?

This program is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and no US teaching license, including:

  • Current DLI teachers on a Community Expert or other teaching waiver.
  • Bilingual education assistants or paraprofessionals
  • Professionals not currently in the classroom who are bilingual
  • International students

Advantages of this program

  • A teacher community (cohort) studying and growing together for 2 years
  • Intensive face-to-face summer courses, and hybrid (online and face-to-face) courses during the school year
  • Practicing teachers can complete the program while continuing to work
  • One-of-a-kind program and licensure in a high demand area
  • Innovative, equity-driven curriculum
  • University coursework concurrent with field-based experiences
  • Support for teacher candidates in their school placements throughout the program

Tuition and financial aid information

We are able to offer a reduced rate of $543 per credit. The 36-credit program will cost a total of $19,200; this rate will save participants nearly $5000 over the course of the program.

We have scholarship opportunities for applicants working in settings with a high numbers of English Language Learners who are not native speakers of English. Email Stephanie's for more information.

Prequisites: content areas

You must have completed courses in at least three of the following areas before applying. Remaining prerequisite coursework may be completed during the program.

  • Literature
  • Introductory science (including biology, physics, chemistry or astronomy) or college-level algebra
  • History (such as geography, anthropology, or political science)
  • Introductory or General Psychology

Steps for application

To begin the application process, email your unofficial transcript to Jade Beauclair, at Following review for prerequisite courses, we will send a document with complete application instructions. Applications typically require a resume with relevant experience, and letters of recommendation.

Do you have questions?

Stephanie Owen-Lyons, Coordinator, Dual Language and Immersion K-6 Licensure (DLI-L)
College of Education & Human Development, UMN,
email: | phone: 612-626-9631

The Dual Language and Immersion Initial Teaching License and M.Ed. program (DLI-L program) is a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, the Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network (MAIN), and the University’s Confucius Institute.