MEd and Teaching License in Elementary Education, Dual Language Immersion Focus

This two-year program prepares you to teach elementary education content to students in both dual language/immersion classrooms and those where English is the language of instruction. You will earn a master’s of education (MEd) degree and qualify for a teaching license in K-6 classrooms. The program coursework focuses on dual language immersion (DLI)-specific practices such as biliteracy development and language-focused teaching strategies.

Dual language immersion expertise is a high needs area in Minnesota. The Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network estimates that more than 15,000 students in Minnesota learn their subject matter in a language other than English.

Is this program right for you?

This program is designed for bilingual individuals who have a bachelor's degree including:

  • Education assistants or paraprofessionals
  • Tier 1 or Tier 2 teachers seeking a Tier 3 license currently in immersion, indigenous, or bilingual programs
  • International students
  • Professionals seeking a career change

100%

Elementary Education Dual Language graduates found jobs within a year of COMPLETING LICENSURE COURSEWORK (2018-19 COHORT)

Curriculum

Masters of Education

Combining an MEd with your teaching license offers the following advantages:

  • Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase [Teacher.org]
  • 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.
  • Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon their graduate training.

Timeline

Summer 2022: 6 credits, 6 weeks, 6 hours per day, 3 days a week, UMN Twin Cities

Fall 2022: 6 credits, alternating online and face to face Saturday classes at UMN Twin Cities

Spring 2023: 6 credits, alternating online and face to face Saturday classes at UMN Twin Cities; 50 hour continuous in-school field experience in a Dual Language or Immersion school

Summer 2023: 6 credits, 6 weeks, 6 hours per day Monday through Friday; 50 hour continuous in-school field experience in the Minneapolis Public Schools

Fall 2023: 6 credits, alternating online and face to face Saturday classes at UMN Twin Cities, Student Teaching in a Dual Language or Immersion school (12 continuous weeks)

Spring 2024: 6 credits, alternating online and face to face Saturday classes at UMN Twin Cities

Program details

Program Experience

Our program is unique and offers the following core experiences:

  • A teacher cohort studying together for two years
  • Face-to-face and online coursework
  • Candidates can complete the program while continuing to work
  • Innovative and equity-driven curriculum
  • University coursework concurrent with school-based experiences

In addition to learning the K-6 content and pedagogy, the program infuses dual language and immersion-specific topics including:

  • Biliteracy development
  • Language-focused teaching strategies
  • Teaching English-language learners
  • Culturally-responsive pedagogies

How to Apply

Please fill out an inquiry form to get started with your application pre-review.

For detailed admission information, please visit the Dual Language Immersion, elementary education license admissions page.

Question? Jade Beauclair, program advisor, beau0273@umn.edu, 612-625-4013

Program Coordinator: Stephanie Owen owenx079@umn.edu