In order to earn a teaching certificate in Minnesota, aspiring teachers must complete bachelor's or master's degree programs before taking teacher-licensure exams and completing student teaching. Common teacher education programs can be found as grade-level programs, such as elementary education and middle school education. Secondary education programs are typically subject or content-area focused programs, such as social studies or mathematics. Some programs incorporate online courses, but face-to-face classes, field experiences and student teaching are normally required as part of the curriculum.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Minnesota State University - Mankato is one of the largest schools in the state. This school's College of Education offers a bachelor's degree with supplementary training necessary for licensure and a master's degree program that includes academic and experiential training.
The bachelor's degree program offers concentrated studies in elementary, middle or high school teaching or special education, and it includes field practicums during each semester. Graduate students can enroll in a 24-month licensure program that utilizes various teaching methods, including traditional, face-to-face teaching and online teaching. Students choose an area of study, participate in student teaching and can earn a master's degree in teaching if they choose to complete six additional course credits. Those who already are licensed teachers can enroll in the online teaching and learning master's degree program to satisfy continuing education requirements.
- Programs Offered: BS in Elementary Education
Graduate Teacher Licensure Program/MA in Teaching
MS in Teaching and Learning
- Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $7,557 (in-state), $15,036 (out-of-state)*
- School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet the requirements for state licensure. Some options include bachelor's degree programs in elementary and middle school education, integrated elementary and special education, secondary education, and early education, in addition to several master's degree programs leading to initial licensure.
The bachelor's program in Ojibwe Elementary and Middle School Education focuses on Native American culture and learning and qualifies graduates for licensure to teach at any public K-6 school or a K-8 Ojibwe school. The bachelor's program in integrated elementary and secondary education prepares graduates for K-6 elementary school licensure or K-12 special education licensure, while the secondary education bachelor's program is completed in conjunction with a major in a particular field of study.
Graduate students can choose from several Master of Education programs designed for initial licensure. In addition to the early childhood education program, there are programs in several fields of study, including elementary, visual arts, mathematics, social studies, science and physical education. All students participate in several hours of practical teaching in a variety of schools under the direction of a licensed teacher.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Minnesota State University - Mankato||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Elementary Education,
Graduate Teacher Licensure Program/MA in Teaching,
MS in Teaching and Learning
|$8,184 (in-state), $16,235 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city|| BAS in Ojibwe Elementary and Middle School Education,
BAS in Integrated Elementary and Special Education,
Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education,
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education - Initial Licensure,
Master of Education - Initial Licensure
|$14,760 (in-state), $30,438 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator