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Minnesota Teacher Certification Program Overview with Course Info

Research degrees with teacher certification in Minnesota, which currently has roughly 33 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Teacher Certification Programs in Minnesota

Minnesota teacher certification requires applicants to complete an approved teacher preparation degree program in the subject area and grade level they wish to teach. Schools in the state have education programs available mostly at the bachelor's degree level, but post-baccalaureate certificates and master's degrees in special education are also available. Learn about the degrees, curricula and areas of specialization available at two universities. In addition, check a quick comparison table for more details about each school.

  • University of Minnesota - Duluth, located in the northeastern portion of the state, offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Unified Early Childhood Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science in Elementary and Middle School Education, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature, and a Special Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.
  • University of St. Thomas offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Middle and Secondary Education, Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Education, and a Master of Arts in Special Education. This school is situated near St. Paul and Minneapolis, in the southeastern part of the state.

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  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Teaching, Adults
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  • Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
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  • Teaching, Young Children

Comparison of Schools

Although many similarities might be noted when looking at the programs above, aspiring teachers should also explore the schools' details below, like enrollment numbers, tuition charges and acceptance rates, when choosing the best fit.

University of Minnesota - Duluth University of St. Thomas
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, non-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 11,093 10,140
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $12,802 (in-state)
$16,467 (out-of-state)
$36,682
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 84% 93%
Acceptance Rate (2014) 77% 87%
Retention Rate (2014) 77% 85%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 59% 72%

Source: NCES College Navigator.

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Overlooking Lake Superior, the University of Minnesota - Duluth (UMD) campus consists of over 50 buildings on 244 acres. Liberal arts education provides a foundation for the college's 74 majors in traditional, professional and graduate degree programs. U.S. News and World Report ranked UMD in the top 50 of Midwest master's universities in 2016.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Unified Early Childhood Studies

This program prepares students to work with children from birth to third grade with varying educational abilities. Early childhood courses include parent-child relations, child development, curriculum development and special education, as well as several professional development courses in leadership and administration. Graduates qualify for MN state teacher certification in early childhood and early childhood special education.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Elementary and Middle School Education

Students are eligible for certification to teach kindergarten to eighth grade after completion of this program. The curriculum includes a specialization in math, science, social studies, arts and literature to prepare students for teaching middle school grades. Students complete six weeks of student teaching in a local school during the final semester of the program.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (K-12)

This program gives students state licensure to teach art in K-12 classrooms. This program requires student to complete coursework for teaching majors, as well as drawing and design classes.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

This program is for prospective teachers, current teachers, or other professionals who deal with young children or youth who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. The certificate is 12 credits and is designed to be completed online.

University of St. Thomas

Based in the Twin Cities area of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the University of St. Thomas was founded in 1885 and currently offers over 85 fields of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. The undergraduate programs in education prepare students for certification in elementary, middle and secondary school settings. These Minnesota teacher certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6)

This program prepares students for licensing in Minnesota to teach kindergarten through sixth grades in all general academic subjects. Students choose a math, science, social studies, communications or world language track as a co-major requirement for middle school certification.

Bachelor of Arts in Middle and Secondary Education

Programs are offered for certification to teach health, math or social studies for grades 5-12 or advanced academics in chemistry, science or physics in ninth to 12th grade. The programs include coursework in core secondary education teaching theory and practices, as well as specific courses in the chosen subject and grade level certification.

Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Education

Students who wish to teach music, theater, physical education or world languages enroll in this program for certification to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. Students complete elementary, middle and secondary education theory and practice courses, along with advanced coursework in the field of specialization.

Master of Arts in Special Education

The 34-credit program in special education offers concentrations in early childhood, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities or emotional behavior disorders. Core coursework includes behavior management, evaluation methods of exceptionalities and collaboration skills for education professionals. Students are required to conduct education research and present a final project in their area of concentration.

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