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Multiple pathways to teaching

Approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as innovative teacher licensure programs, the nonconventional and alternative programs offer quality preparation to high-potential teacher candidates in partnership with local districts and organizations.

MPT works with local school partners and organizations to tailor curriculum delivery and identify promising candidates, many of whom already have extensive experience working in the schools and often in high needs areas. Many candidates are in district positions while working towards their licensure and master's degree coursework.

Together with CEHD’s commitment to educating the next generation of teachers, MPT is helping to overcome predicted teacher shortages while diversifying the teacher workforce.

Our programs

Minneapolis Residency Program – elementary licensure

Designed to develop talent already within the Minneapolis Public School district, the Minneapolis Residency Program is centered around a co-teaching model, pairing residents with experienced teachers for an entire school year. Accepted applicants enter an elementary licensure and master’s program as a cohort of residents. Each resident earns payment from the district and is eligible for benefits during the residency. Information for current MPS staff is available on the MPS Human Resources site.

Dual Language and Immersion Licensure Program - elementary licensure

The DLI-L Program is specifically designed to respond to an increasing need for qualified teachers for elementary immersion and dual language programs. DLI-specific content such as biliteracy and language-focused teaching strategies are at the heart of this elementary licensure program. Accepted bilingual applicants enter an elementary licensure and master’s program as a cohort of teacher candidates. With online and face-to-face coursework concurrent with field-based experience, candidates cultivate a special set of knowledge and skills to prepare them to teach in dual language and immersion programs. Learn more about the DLI-L program.

Alternative Pathway To Teaching - elementary, K-12 ESL, secondary sciences, and secondary mathematics licensures

In partnership with Teach for America, the University of Minnesota is currently preparing 2015 and 2016 cohorts of TFA teachers via a five-semester master’s and licensure program that includes academic coursework and field-based mentoring. The current cohorts entered one of four licensure pathways and will complete their programs as cohorts. This program promotes inquiry, equity, research, and reflection. It supports candidates from diverse professional and educational backgrounds developing the requisite skills, mindsets, and knowledge to be successful teachers. Please note: TFA recruits and accepts candidates at the national level for programs around the country. The University of Minnesota will not be running a new 2017 cohort.

Partner with us

Help foster a new generation of teachers. Innovative, custom teacher preparation partnerships are our specialty. Contact Laura Mogelson, MPT Director, at