Additional Teaching License, Arts in Education (Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts)

This program is designed for teachers who hold a Minnesota license and want to add an additional license to expand their areas of expertise in their schools in one of the following areas:

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Theater Arts

Admission information

Application Deadlines: The application opens October 1 and closes on January 15. The program starts in May each year.

Current state of Minnesota teaching license and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

Admission decisions are made up to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined after a prerequisite evaluation. Please email for a prerequisite evaluation and to get connected to faculty for more information.

Visit the additional license admissions page for detailed admissions information.

You can also contact the faculty advisor for the program Jim Bequette.


Working teachers can pursue their additional licensure in this full-time, 13-month program that begins in May each year. Coursework is sequential. After you are admitted, you will receive a customized curriculum plan of courses to take in order to be recommended for licensure.

This ensures you get maximum credit for previous academic work and work experiences.

In order to be recommended for your Minnesota k-12 Dance, Theatre, and/or Visual Arts License(s), you must successfully complete these licensure requirements mandated by the state of Minnesota.

This material is available in alternative formats upon request. Direct requests to the Office of Teacher Education at, 612-625-5060.

MEd Option

Pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and MEd Professional Studies in Arts in Education at the same time.

Apply to both the license program and the MEd degree and work with your adviser to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.