A Minnesota teacher must have a bachelor's degree, complete both a teacher preparation program, pass the MTLE assessments, pass a criminal background check and complete an approved human relations program.
Minnesota has several colleges that offer appropriate teacher preparation programs and teaching programs at several degree levels. Here is an overview of what this state has to offer for teachers.
The advantages of obtaining additional certifications along with a teaching license are better employment opportunities and higher wage potential. The combination of schools making cutbacks and the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has made earning graduate degrees and as many certifications as possible almost a necessity.
If you already have your Bachelor’s in Education, you may be considering a graduate degree. Keep an eye out for a Master of Arts in special education programs in Minnesota. The state has a number of MAT offerings at different universities with specific specializations, such as certifications in autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavior disorders and specific learning disabilities. Certification programs in developmental disabilities, academic and behavioral strategist, emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities can also be found.
Concordia University – St. Paul has an online associate degree program in early childhood education. While this program doesn’t offer certification, it helps prepare the student academically for a bachelor degree by getting the general education courses out of the way. CU-St. Paul also has online master degree programs in curriculum & instruction; early childhood education; educational leadership; educational specialist; educational technology; and special education.
The college also offers an online M.A.T. program that results in initial K-6 licensure.
A large variety of bachelor degree programs for teachers looking for initial licensure are available at Concordia University in St. Paul. Students can choose from majors in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education and K-12 education.
Each of these majors also offer areas of concentration and special endorsements. For instance the early childhood education offers both kindergarten and pre-primary endorsements while the elementary education major offers communication arts/literature, math, pre-primary and social studies endorsements. Minors for different grade levels in areas like social studies, mathematics, music and chemistry are also available at CU-St. Paul.
Metropolitan State University offers bachelor degree programs in early childhood education (birth-gr 3); elementary education (K-gr 6) and a secondary education program with concentrations in English, life sciences, mathematics and social studies. MSU also offers a minor in English as a Second Language.
Students looking to obtain initial licensure have 31 programs from which to choose at St. Cloud University. Bachelor degree majors include early childhood education, elementary education, special education, communication, arts & literature, social studies education and life science education. These programs also come with several concentrations.
Concordia University – ST. Paul also offers master degree programs in curriculum & instruction; early childhood education; educational leadership; educational technology; educational specialist; and special education. In addition, CU – St. Paul has a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program aimed at initial k-6 licensure.
Metropolitan State University offers a master degree program in urban education. This program, which teaches students about working with urban youth, includes courses in English learner education; curriculum, pedagogy and schooling; reading and critical literacies; special education; and secondary education teacher preparation.
St. Cloud State University offers a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program as well as a reading teacher k-12 certificate. Courses in the certificate program can go towards the MS degree. St. Cloud also offers master degree programs in special education, higher education administration, education leadership and administration, family studies and early childhood special education.