Education: Secondary - MA

Program Description

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

Prerequisite Courses
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits8
EDUC 5070Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 5090General Methods: K-12 and Secondary4
EDUC 5490School Health and Chemical Health (online)1
EDUC 7551Literacy in the Content Areas: Secondary2
EDUC 7650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 7780Advanced Secondary Methods2
EDUC 7912Student Teaching Secondary12
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 6600Pathways to Equity Project3
EDUC 6750Introduction to Educational Research3
Total Credits35

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
  • Mathematics
  • 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.