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Grow Your Own Teachers Program (MNGOT)

Prepare for the future by partnering with the University

School districts across Minnesota have set goals to increase the racial and linguistic diversity of teachers. The College of Education and Human Development helps these goals become reality. We’ve created new pathways for partner district employees to become fully licensed teachers.

About our program:

  • 2-year, 36 credit elementary initial licensure and M.Ed. program
  • Designed for non-licensed district staff with bachelor’s degrees, including paraprofessionals, educational assistants, substitute/reserve teachers, and teachers on a district waiver
  • In-person summer courses and hybrid (online and in-person) courses during the academic year
  • Program may be completed while continuing to work
  • Districts can recruit and foster talent from within, contributing to teacher longevity in the field

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Minneapolis Residency Program participant Edward Davis (right) and co-teacher Hafizah Jaafar, M.Ed. ’13 (left), teach second-graders at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis. Read more stories of our inaugural cohort.

Become a partner district

Work with us to recruit new teachers from within your own district, increase the number of teachers of color and bilingual teachers in Minnesota, and contribute to the future of teacher preparation.

Partnership information

Get your license

If you have your bachelor's degree and work in one of our partner districts, you can complete the program in two years while continuing to work.

Program details

The Multiple Pathways to Teaching Office develops programs with local partners to address acute needs and specific goals. These programs include the the Minneapolis Residency Program, giving current Minneapolis Public Schools staff opportunities to pursue elementary teaching licensure.