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M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License in Science Education


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

After successfully completing licensure requirements, students are recommended for state teaching licensure in one or more of the following licensure specialty areas:

Chemistry (grades 9-12)

Earth and space science (grades 9-12)

Life science (grades 9-12)

Physics (9-12)

In addition to completing requirements for at least one of the four licensure specialty areas listed above, students can also choose to complete requirements for general science (grades 5-8). While general science licensure is optional, it is highly recommended by the college.

Master's of Education

This program includes two components: M.Ed. and Initial Licensure degree.

Complete your M.Ed. by taking three courses (9 credits) after your licensure program. Courses are offered face-to-face and online for working professionals.

This model 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.


This is a full-time, 12-month post-baccalaureate program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Courses start in the summer and finish the following summer. Students earning their M.Ed. along with initial license will complete three graduate courses after completing the licensure part of the program. You can complete your M.Ed. within one year of earning your licensure, or you can take up to two years to complete your degree.

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

100 percent of the 2018-2019 cohort of science educators 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 [Bureau of Labor Statistics].

See map of locations in which the last cohort found employment


The curriculum focuses on key areas of teaching and learning, helping you to reflect upon your own teaching practice. We will develop and integrate technological knowledge that makes science teaching more effective for all learners. Ultimately these courses are designed to not only support you during the student teaching experience, but also help you learn how to use various instructional techniques and methods, and to inquire and reflect upon your teaching during this year and as you begin your career as a science teacher.

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 Science Education subplan.

In order to be recommend for your Minnesota 9-12 Science (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Life Science, Physics) and 5-8 general science teaching license (s), you must successfully complete these licensure requirements required by the state of Minnesota.

Admissions Information

Priority deadline: December 15

Admissions decisions: January

Admission decisions finalized in March.

Science teacher candidates are expected to have significant completed coursework in one or more of the following areas to choose as a concentration: earth and space science, life science, physics, general science, and chemistry.

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

jake drehmel

" I was drawn to this program because of its unique co-teaching practicum model. The idea of getting to earn credits through real-world practice with a cooperating teacher, to be able to implement theories learned in coursework, that excited me about this program."

Jake Drehmel, M.Ed. 2019