MEd and Teaching License, Social Studies Education

MEd and Teaching License in Social Studies

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.


of social studies MEd graduates found teaching jobs within a year of graduation (2021-2022 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.

Masters of Education

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:

  • 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, Minnesota teachers are on the higher end of the payscale, especially in STEM-focused fields. The annual mean Minnesota teacher salaries were $64,790 for middle school teachers and $64,960 for high school teachers in 2019 [Bureau of Labor Statistics].
  • Teachers with advanced degrees are seen as experts. You can be promoted to a school administration position and mentor other teachers based on your graduate training.

Program details

Student experience

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 .

Program coursework

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.

Admission, tuition, and scholarship information

See admissions deadlines and requirements and program costs.

Program prerequisites

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.

Related programs for undergraduates

Teacher Scholars of Color program

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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.

What our students have to say

Eli Singer
The amount of individualized support we get within this program truly surprised me. Because of the small size of the cohort, all of your professors not only know you personally but also provide very strong individualized support. This not only comes in the form of feedback on assignments but also in helping you design lessons, mitigate issues that might arise in the classroom, and more.

Eli Singer, MEd 2020
Jewish Culture Humanities Teacher
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