MNGOT: MEd and Initial Teaching License (K-6 Elementary or K-12 ESL)

Are you interested in K-6 Elementary Education Licensure?

We are currently accepting inquiries for our K-6 Elementary MNGOT Reading Corps program. This pathway is designed for non-licensed Reading Corps members with bachelor’s degrees (see Reading Corps website for eligibility). About the program:

  • Two-year, 36-credit K-6 Elementary initial licensure and MEd program
  • Coursework is hybrid (online with face-to-face meetings twice a semester)
  • Program designed to be completed while serving
  • Student teaching occurs in year two while serving as a Reading Corps tutor

Advantages of this program

  • Stay in residence at current employer
  • A teacher community (cohort) learning together for two years
  • Five semesters of coursework (hybrid: online and face to face)
  • Practicing teachers (ESL) and Reading Corps tutors (Elementary) can complete the program while continuing to work
  • Innovative, equity-driven curriculum
  • University coursework concurrent with field-based experiences
  • University supervision in all school placements throughout the program

Are you interested in K-12 ESL Licensure?

MNGOT K-12 ESL is designed for non-licensed district staff with bachelor’s degrees, including paraprofessionals, educational assistants, substitute/reserve teachers, and teachers on a district waiver who are interested in earning a MEd and license in K-12 ESL. The next cohort for K-12 ESL begins Fall 2024. Please contact MPTO@umn.edu to express your interest.

Program schedule

Year One: Work full-time at your school and complete 18 credits of coursework and 100 hours of field experience. Field experience can often be completed at the school site where you are employed.

Year Two: Depending on the cohort and year, there are two options for student teaching while completing the remaining 18 credits of coursework. All student teaching is supervised by the University.

  • MNGOT Reading Corps elementary students: half day, full year of student teaching at school site;
  • MNGOT ESL students: 16-32 weeks of student teaching or work as a Tier II teacher of record.

Tuition and financial aid information

We are able to offer a reduced rate of $600 per credit. The 36-credit program will cost a total of $21,600; this rate will save participants nearly $3000. In addition, working is allowable during at least the first year of the program, depending on individual student teaching scenarios and district employment opportunities. Scholarships are available for eligible students.

Steps for Application

MNGOT Reading Corps Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

MNGOT Reading Corps Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

The application is open October 1, 2022.

Do you have questions?

For more information on the program, contact Jade Beauclair.

Undergraduate course requirements and licensure information*

*Non-native speakers of English must meet additional University language requirements.