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M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License in Elementary Education


Overview

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.

Program Delivery: Courses are conducted on campus except the co-teaching clinical with is conducted at a K-6 classroom in the Twin Cities metro.

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. Median Minnesota elementary teacher salaries were $62,000 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 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.

Curriculum

Coursework includes content area methods courses including:

  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • English learners
  • Mathematics

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.

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.

Career Outlook

Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally. Over 93 percent are teaching within one year of graduation.

The annual mean salary for elementary school teachers in Minnesota in 2018 was $64,950[Burea of Labor Statistics].

See map of locations in which the last cohort found employment

Admissions Information

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

Admissions decisions made in early February.

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

To ensure you have the required prerequisites to enter the program, please get your transcript pre-checked by the academic adviser Quinn Nelson before applying.

(If you have completed an elementary education foundations degree from the University of Minnesota, you have completed all the prerequisite coursework).

Consider adding the Racial Justice in Urban Schooling minor or Teach English as a Second Language (TESL) minor to explore teaching while you are in your undergraduate major.

For more detailed admissions information, visit the M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License admissions page.

Paige Fors

"The best part of this program is the yearlong immersion into a classroom. Not only do you gain valuable skills from so much direct teaching, you also get to learn from your co-teacher every day. I feel more than ready to begin teaching in my own next year!"

Paige Fors, M.Ed. 2018, current teacher at Park Western Place Elementary, San Pedro, CA