Multiple pathways to teaching

Approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as innovative teacher licensure programs, the nonconventional and alternative programs offer quality preparation to high-potential teacher candidates in partnership with local districts and organizations.

MPT works with local school partners and organizations to tailor curriculum delivery and identify promising candidates, many of whom already have extensive experience working in the schools and often in high needs areas. Many candidates are in district positions while working towards their licensure and master's degree coursework.

Together with CEHD’s commitment to educating the next generation of teachers, MPT is helping to overcome predicted teacher shortages while diversifying the teacher workforce.

Our programs

MN Grow Your Own Teacher Program (MNGOT)

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

Do you work for a local school district in an unlicensed role?

MNGOT is also designed for non-licensed district staff with bachelor’s degrees, including paraprofessionals, educational assistants, substitute/reserve teachers, and teachers on a district waiver. We are accepting inquiries for a Fall 2022 cohort in the following licensure areas:

  • K-12 ESL
  • Secondary Sciences (5-8 General Science, 9-12 Life Science, 9-12 Physics, 9-12 Chemistry, and 9-12 Earth/Space Science)

Learn more about the MNGOT program.

Dual Language and Immersion Licensure Program - elementary licensure

The Dual-Language and Immersion Elementary Licensure and M.Ed. Program (DLI-L) is specifically designed to respond to an increasing need for qualified teachers for elementary immersion and dual language programs. DLI-specific content such as biliteracy and language-focused teaching strategies are at the heart of this elementary licensure program. Accepted bilingual applicants enter an elementary licensure and master’s program as a cohort of teacher candidates. Learn more about the DLI-L program.

Partner with us

Help foster a new generation of teachers. Innovative, custom teacher preparation partnerships are our specialty. Contact Laura Mogelson, MPT Director, at mogelson@umn.edu.