Admissions: Additional Teaching License

What we look for:

Teachers who hold a current Minnesota teaching license who wish to add an additional license in a new program area in which they have completed significant college-level coursework or have significant experience.

Dates and deadlines

Priority Admissions:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • January 15 for admission to Arts in Education additional license only. Due to the highly sequenced coursework for the Arts Education Additional Licensure program, there is one start term that begins in the summer.
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission

Admission decisions are made up to eight weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined upon receipt of your application.

Required application documents

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty advisor.
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information -Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Educational goal statement. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.
  • Current Minnesota teaching license.Upload in the Department\Program Forms section.

Complete only the following sections:

  • Personal information
  • Application information
  • Educational background
  • Employment/Residence information

How to apply

Before applying online, go through the application checklist to ensure you have all the required materials. We are here to help! If you have questions, please contact the faculty advisor in your program area.

Adding a teaching license requires a current Minnesota state teaching license along with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

TOEFL registration and score submission

Earn your master’s in education

You can pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and an MEd Professional Studies degree in the same program area concurrently.

You will need to apply to both the additional license and MEd program and then work with your advisor to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously. More information on application to the MEd program.

Financial aid

Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency.

If you are seeking only the certificate, you pay the CEHD departmental master's tuition rate. More cost information is on the CEHD site.

Program faculty advisors

Contact the program faculty in your area of interest for more information: