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 Science in Early Childhood, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Foundations and various licensure programs in English, Math or Science Education.
- University of St. Thomas offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Literature and Bachelor of Arts in Education with majors such as in math, earth and space science, social studies and chemistry. This school is situated near St. Paul and Minneapolis, in the southeastern part of the state.
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 (2017)||11,168||9,878|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $13,334 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||88%||99%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||77%||84%|
|Retention Rate (2016)||77%||88%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students beginning in Fall 2011)||59%||77%|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
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 majors in traditional, professional and graduate degree programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked UMD in the top 50 of Midwest regional universities in 2018.
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood
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 Science in Elementary Education Foundations
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 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.
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 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 Education (Middle and Secondary Subjects)
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 Education (K-12 Subjects)
Students who wish to teach music, 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 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.