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M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License in Mathematics Education


Math teachers are in high demand, and this program will prepare you to step into your classroom with confidence with teaching experience through our unique co-teaching practicum model. The license to teach grades 5-12 in math is highly transferable to other states and our candidates are sought after by local school districts.

Masters of Education

This program includes two components: initial licensure to be a math teacher in Minnesota and an M.Ed. degree.

Earning a master's degree along with your licensure coursework 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 [].
  • 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, especially in STEM-focused fields. The annual mean Minnesota teacher salaries were $64,790 for middle school teachers and $64,960 for high school teachers in 2019 [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 specific graduate training.


The initial teaching licensure coursework is offered in a full-time, twelve-month, post-baccalaureate format integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Courses start in the summer and finish the following summer. Students earning their M.Ed. along with their initial license (which we highly recommend) complete 11 additional credits after finishing the licensure part of the program. Evening, online, and summer courses are available to complete the M.Ed. coursework on a part-time basis while teaching. You have up to three years to complete the required 11 credits to earn your Master of Education.

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 mathematics 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

Math teachers are in high demand! 100 percent of the 2018-19 cohort in math education found full-time teaching jobs within a year of graduation. Our graduates find teaching positions locally, nationally, and internationally.

The annual mean salary for Minnesota teachers in 2019 was $64,790 for middle school teachers and $64,960 for high school teachers STEM-focused educators are at the higher end of the pay scale. [Bureau of Labor Statistics].


The coursework will cover core instructional practices including leading discussion, high quality assessments, developing engaging activities, principles of equitable mathematics teaching, developing skills to meet needs of all learners, and student teaching at both a middle school and a high school.

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 Math sub-plan.

In order to be recommend for your Minnesota 5-12 Mathematics teaching license, you must successfully complete these licensure requirements required by the state of Minnesota.

Admissions Information

Priority deadline to apply: December 15

If you already have earned your initial teaching license, we offer an additional teaching license in math education.

Admission decisions finalized in March.

Math teacher candidates are expected to have significant completed coursework in mathematics. See prerequisites for math education. You will have an opportunity to complete up to two prerequisites during the Fall semester of your initial licensure coursework.

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

DirecTrack to Teaching: For current freshmen and sophomores at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, DirecTrack to Teaching offers a preferred admission to the M.Ed. and Initial licensure program. If you are a freshman or sophomore interested in teaching, visit the DirecTrack page.

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 detailed admission information and tuition information on the M.Ed and Initial Teaching License program visit our admissions page.

Erika Storvick

I appreciated that the U offered a one-year, intensive program that would allow me to become a teacher sooner, and that the student teachingvhours were built into the program.

Erika Storvick, M.Ed 2020