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.
This program is designed for bilingual individuals who have a bachelor's degree including:
Elementary Education Dual Language graduates found jobs within a year of COMPLETING LICENSURE COURSEWORK (2020 COHORT)
Combining an MEd with your teaching license offers the following advantages:
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
Our program is unique and offers the following core experiences:
In addition to learning the K-6 content and pedagogy, the program infuses dual language and immersion-specific topics including: