Education: Secondary - MA
The Initial Licensure — Secondary option is designed for those with a B.A. or B.S. degree seeking to become licensed secondary (Grades 5–12) teachers of Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, or Social Studies. Chemistry and Life Science licensures are offered as grades 9-12. General Science Middle Level can be added as an endorsement to allow the individual to teach grades 5-12.
The program provides professional teacher preparation that qualifies students for a Minnesota teaching license as they earn a master's degree. Educational theory is integrated with classroom practice as well as extensive field experiences and a full semester student teaching experience.
The initial licensure program options are offered on the St. Paul campus in an evening/weekend/online format throughout the calendar year.
A number of the courses in the initial licensure options have prerequisites and most of the courses must be taken in sequence. After an evaluation of courses previously taken that may transfer and fulfill requirements, students work with an academic advisor to set up a schedule of classes.
To be licensed, students must pass the required Minnesota state licensure exams in addition to the required courses. Students should review the specific teacher licensure exam requirements with their advisor.
Initial Licensure - Secondary (Grades 5–12) Curriculum
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology with Lab||4|
|PSYC 2025||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||4|
|EDUC 5070||Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society||4|
|EDUC 5090||General Methods: K-12 and Secondary||4|
|EDUC 5490||School Health and Chemical Health (online)||1|
|EDUC 7551||Literacy in the Content Areas: Secondary||2|
|EDUC 7650||Student Teaching Seminar||2|
|EDUC 7780||Advanced Secondary Methods||2|
|EDUC 7912||Student Teaching Secondary||12|
|Select one of the following based on specialty area:||2|
|Secondary Communication Arts and Literature Methods|
|Secondary Mathematics Methods|
|Secondary Science Methods|
|Secondary Social Studies Methods|
|Plus the following Project Courses|
|EDUC 6600||Pathways to Equity Project||3|
|EDUC 6750||Introduction to Educational Research||3|
Secondary education (Grades 5–12) Initial Licensure students must also complete courses in one of the disciplines listed below. Students will design an individual program with their discipline field advisor in the content area to determine requirements for their discipline. The State of Minnesota does not license teachers in theology. Therefore, students who select theology must have an additional major to obtain a teaching license.
- Communication Arts and Literature
- Social Studies
Chemistry and Life Science licensures are offered as grades 9-12. General Science Middle Level can be added as an endorsement to allow an individual to teach grades 5-12.