DirecTrack to Teaching Admissions
DirecTrack to Teaching encourages applications from all students interested in meeting the diverse
needs of students in our schools, including applicants who demonstrate the following:
- Racial or ethnic diversity
- First-generation college student
- Interested in teaching in high-need areas (ESL, Spanish, math, science, special education)
- Interested in teaching for social justice (encompassing race, economics, gender, sexual
orientation, religion, power, and privilege)
Dates and deadlines
The DirecTrack to Teaching Program admits students in Fall term of each academic year only.
Applications are accepted from October 15 through February 1st for the following
academic year. Acceptance decisions will be communicated to applicants by March 15th.
This program accepts currently enrolled University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate students
with either second-term freshman status or second-term sophomore. We're looking for exceptional
students who hold promise as future educators. We look for students with the following attributes:
- a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 overall (3.0 is preferred). A minimum 3.0 overall GPA
is required for maintaining your status in the program.
- demonstrated volunteer activities that show an interest in education, such as teaching
activities and volunteer experiences related to children and youth.
- Undergraduate transfer students from outside the University of Minnesota system who meet the
above criteria are also eligible to apply. Candidates must have at least two years of studies
remaining at the University of Minnesota after transfer.
How to apply
The application requires you to complete an essay, which we suggest you draft before
Essay topic: What do you see as the most important job of being a teacher? Recognizing
that there are many “right” answers, please RANK the items below:
- Providing equity and opportunity to all students. Building resilience in young
people through interactions with a caring adult.
- Strengthening the foundations of democracy by helping students become critical and
active citizens in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
- Helping every student reach their intellectual potential. In your essay, please
explain why you chose your first and last ranking. Explain your choices by
reflecting on your own educational experiences in and outside of school. The essay
should be between 500-750 words (approximately 2-3 pages, double spaced).
Complete the online application