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Additional Teaching License in Communication Arts


This program is designed for teachers who hold a Minnesota license and want to add or extend a license to teach English in middle schools or high schools. Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers. School districts hire and retain our graduates because of their expertise and leadership.

Students can concentrate their coursework for state teaching licensure in Communications Arts and Literature for grades 5-8 or grades 5-12.


After you are admitted, you will receive a customized curriculum plan of courses based on your experience to be recommended for licensure. This ensures you get maximum credit for previous academic work and work experiences. Courses are offered in the summer and evenings for working professionals.

In order to be recommend for your Minnesota 5-8 or 5-12 Communication Arts/Literature teaching license (English Education), you must successfully complete these licensure requirements required by the state of Minnesota.

Alternatives to these courses must be approved by your advisor.

M.Ed. Option

You can pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and the Master of Education in Professional Studies in English Education at the same time.

A master’s degree will help advance your career. Benefits include:

  • 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 []
  • 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 teacher salaries were $62,470 and $64,310 for middle school and high school respectively in 2016 [BLS]
  • Once a teacher is employed, there is much more mobility that comes with a Master's. Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon specific graduate training.

You will need to apply to both the additional license program and the M.Ed program. An advisor will work with you to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission

The program duration is dependent on your previous academic work completed. The competencies and coursework needed for a license in each of the areas is detailed below:

To ensure you have the required pre-requisites to enter the program, please get your transcript pre-checked by the academic advisor before applying. A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

For detailed admission information and tuition information on the additional licensure program visit our admissions page.

You can also contact the academic advisor for the program, Pam Matti.

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