M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License in Elementary Education
Earn a license to teach in elementary (K - 6) classrooms in Minnesota. Our candidates are highly sought after by districts, and our license is highly transferable to other states. This is a post-baccalaureate, full-time, 13-month program (or a nine-month program for graduates of the B.S. in elementary education). If you are beginning your undergraduate studies and interested in a career in elementary education, visit the B.S. in elementary education foundations program.
Master of Education
This program includes two components: initial licensure and M.Ed. degree. Complete your M.Ed. by taking 3 credits (typically one course) during your licensure program.
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. The annual mean salary for elementary school teachers in Minnesota in 2019 was $63,250 [Bureau of Labor Statistics].
- 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.
The M.Ed. and Initial Teaching Licensure coursework is offered in a full-time, post-baccalaureate format integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Courses start in May and finish June of the following year. Coursework taken in May-July are foundational courses to ground you in elementary education theory and practice. In the Fall, you rotate between your student-teaching placement site and campus coursework. During Spring, you will remain full-time at your student-teaching site and take two evening courses on campus.
UMN B.S. Elementary Education Foundation students
For students who are transitioning from a B.S. in Elementary Education Foundations at the University of Minnesota, the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching Licensure coursework is offered in a full-time, post-baccalaureate format integrating educational theory with classroom practice. The program runs August through June, in tandem with the public school calendars. In the Fall, you rotate between your student-teaching placement site and campus coursework. During Spring, you will remain full-time at your student-teaching site and take two evening courses on campus.
Coursework includes content area methods courses including:
- Language arts
- Social studies
- English learners
You will take a reflective seminar and a capstone course in the second half of the program. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your coursework into practice directly in the classroom with the unique yearlong, 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 Elementary Education sub-plan.
In order to be recommend for your Minnesota k-6 elementary education teaching license, you must successfully complete these licensure requirements required by the state of Minnesota.
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."
— Paul Glembocki, M.Ed. 2017
Teacher Scholars of Color program
Do you identify, or are you identified, as a non-majority racial group? Consider participating in the Teacher Scholars of Color program. Students admitted to the M.Ed. and initial teaching license have the opportunity to join a community of prospective teachers of color and get paired with a faculty mentor. International students are also welcome to this program. Find out more about the TSoC program.
Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally. 99 percent of our 2018-2019 cohort found full-time teaching positions within a year of graduation.
The annual mean salary for elementary school teachers in Minnesota in 2019 was $63,250.[Bureau of Labor Statistics].
Priority deadline to apply: December 15
Admissions decisions made in early February.
A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.
Exception: If you have completed an elementary education foundations degree from the University of Minnesota, you have completed all the prerequisite coursework. You will select the "fall term" as your start term when applying.
For more detailed admissions information, visit the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License admissions page.
"I liked the idea of getting my teaching license as well as my masters degree in just one year. I also know that the U’s teaching program is very social justice orientated and I wanted to be able to work with like-minded people as I continued my education."
Mychi Nguyen, M.Ed. 2021