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

More information about the DLI-L program including cost, schedule overview, and other requirements


Elementary Education Dual Language graduates found jobs within a year of COMPLETING LICENSURE COURSEWORK (2020 COHORT)

Program Details

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 []
  • 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.


Classes are held one to two weeknights per week (synchronous online and asynchronous online) and on Saturdays (synchronous online and asynchronous online; once a month in-person on campus). Students may need to take time off of work to complete 100 hours of field experiences and the 14 weeks of student teaching.

Summer 2024: 6 credits

Fall 2024: 6 credits

Spring 2025: 6 credits, 50 hour field experience in a Dual Language or Immersion school

Summer 2025:6 credits, 50 hour field experience in a diverse context (may be a DLI school)

Fall 2026: 6 credits, Student Teaching in a Dual Language or Immersion school (14 continuous weeks)

Spring 2026: 6 credits, May graduation; apply for MN teaching license
*the program plan for field experience and student teaching may vary for Tier 2 teachers

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

Do you have questions?
Contact program advisor, Jade Beauclair.