Earn your license to teach social studies in grades 5-12 and your master’s degree in just over a year. Our accelerated program will prepare you to start teaching with solid classroom experience. You will complete all of the required teaching hours through our unique co-teaching practicum model and required coursework in 13 months. The license to teach in Minnesota is highly transferable to other states and our candidates are sought after by local school districts.This is a graduate-level, full-time program.
Social studies GRADUATES found employment in the field within a year of graduation (2018-19 COHORT)
In this accelerated 13-month program you will complete all your required licensure coursework, student-teaching hours, and MEd completion credits.
Program orientation is in May. Courses start in the summer and finish the following summer. After completing the program and taking the licensure exams, you will earn both your MEd and your 5-12 social studies teaching license and be ready to start in your own classroom in the Fall.
We offer our teacher preparation programs at the graduate level because it affords you the opportunity to master your content knowledge in your undergraduate degree, allowing for an accelerated program that focuses on teaching. Combining an MEd with your teaching license offers the following advantages:
Our unique co-teaching program and cohort experience will help you gain the confidence you need to start in your own classroom with plenty of support. Learn more about the student teaching experience .
To look at the core curriculum and electives for the program, visit the University course catalog Teaching MEd page under the Social Studies education sub-plan.
You must have foundational coursework in one of the following areas to choose as a concentration: African and African American Studies, American Indian Studies, American history, Asian American studies, anthropology, applied economics/economics, geography, gender studies, history, LatinX and ChicanX studies, political science, psychology, and sociology. See the required prerequisites.
Do you identify, or are you identified, as a non-majority racial group? Consider participating in the Teacher Scholars of Color program. Students admitted to the MEd and initial teaching license programs have the opportunity to join a community of prospective teachers of color and get paired with a faculty mentor. International students are also welcome to this program. Find out more about the TSoC program.
As soon as I decided I wanted to go back to school for education, this program was my top choice. I was drawn to the accelerated pace, the full-time approach, the cohort model, and the outcomes for graduates.
Taylor Lipo Zovic, MEd 2019
Social Studies teacher at
Hopkins North Junior High, Fall 2019