Teaching Degrees in Minnesota

Individuals interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Minnesota need to know some important information, such as:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Minnesota teacher certification

Included here is also a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Minnesota.

Teaching Degrees in Minnesota

In order to become employed as a teacher in Minnesota, a bachelor’s degree is required. In addition, an accredited teacher certification program must also be completed prior to eligibility for certification. There are currently 17 colleges and universities throughout the state offering education programs that can assist those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Minnesota.

Currently, 51.4 percent of Minnesota teachers possess a Master’s degree or better. This elevated degree status can mean an average increase of $10,090 more in annual income than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Minnesota

Teaching scholarships and grants are available for those pursing a teaching degree in Minnesota. These forms of financial assistance are funded by the state, organizations, the schools, and by individuals, and include:

Cass County Area Retired Teachers Scholarship
This scholarship program awards four scholarships at $1,000 each to four separate students pursuing degrees in education.

College of Education and Human Development Urban Scholarship
This University of Minnesota scholarship provides students pursuing a teaching degree in Minnesota with $5,000 per year for a four-year period. Preference is given to those that have been admitted to the President’s Emerging Scholars Program.

Education Support Professionals Professional Development Grant
This Education Minnesota grant provides up to $1,000 for professionals in educational support to gain new skills and knowledge to share with colleagues.

Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program
A program of the Minnesota Department of Education that provides grants and loans to American Indian students who have the potential to complete a teacher-training program and have demonstrated a financial need.

Minnesota Kindergarten Association Scholarship
The Ann Allen Minnesota Kindergarten Association Scholarship is awarded to college students seeking a certification to teach kindergarten.

Minnesota State Grant
This state-funded grant is available to assist with the tuition costs for those seeking teaching degrees in Minnesota. The grant is based on financial need.

Minnesota State University Scholarships
MSU offers several scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing teaching degrees.

TEACH Grant
This federally funded grant is available to students pursuing a teaching degree in Minnesota that agree to becoming employed with a private or public school serving low income students for a minimum of four years.

Minnesota Teacher Certification

Minnesota offers six types of educator licenses. These are:

  • Limited Intern – For student-teachers and limited professionals who do not qualify for other license options.
  • Two-Year, Short-Call Substitute – Available to teachers who have a bachelor’s degree that is not in education. Valid for two years.
  • Five-Year, Short-Call Substitute – Available to teachers who have completed an approved licensure program, but are not yet ready to apply for a full-time license.
  • Lifetime Short-Call Substitute – Available to those who have held an education license and are currently receiving retirement annuities.
  • First-Time Full Professional Minnesota Education License – Available to those who have successfully completed an approved teacher licensure program.
  • Limited Full Time License – Available to those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher and hold the minimum of a minor in their area of request.

Minnesota does offer reciprocity to those who hold teaching licenses in Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska and South Dakota, providing that teachers meet the human relations requirements.

Minnesota state certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Completion of an accredited teacher certification program
  • Passing the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations basic skills test
  • Passing the MTLE content knowledge test for subject area competency
  • Passing the MTLE pedagogy test

Minnesota requires teachers to complete 125 approved professional development hours in order to be eligible for license renewal. The individual school districts are charged with determining what requirements these professional development hours must meet.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Minnesota

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Education
This site provides a wide array of information for teachers, students and parents on the Minnesota education system.

Education Minnesota
The official website of the Minnesota teachers’ union.

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Provides information about the labor market in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Office of Admissions: College Scholarships
Find a variety of scholarships available to students interested in attending the university and seeking a teaching degree in Minnesota.

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