Graduate Teaching Licensure with Optional Master of Science in Teaching

Program Philosophy
The College of St. Scholastica's Graduate Teaching Licensure Program is an innovative program designed to provide professional preparation of teachers for elementary, middle and secondary licensure. The program is focused on student learning; is well grounded in research and best practices; collaborative with the K-12 community; and committed to integrating diverse perspectives and educational technology. We seek to prepare committed teachers who are firmly grounded in the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to promote student learning. The varied courses and field experiences enable students to develop mastery of the Standards of Effective Practice for beginning teachers.

Program Description and Format
The Graduate Teaching Licensure Program (GTL) offers students an initial teaching license that leads to a master of science in teaching degree. It is designed for those who have completed an accredited baccalaureate degree in a field other than education, or for certified teachers who wish to add another endorsement to their license. The program is designed for flexibility and offers a hybrid model of online and on-site learning. There are three to four onsite sessions held each eight-week term. Most sessions meet Saturdays, with some evening courses. Field experiences occur in a variety of school settings and require some school day hours. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months providing they have the necessary content area requirements. The program is standards-based and emphasizes active, results-oriented learning. The program is designed around four major strands; content integration, reflection and professional development, diversity, and technology. Faculty model best practices in each of the strand areas throughout the program.

Students may work toward licensure in elementary (K-6) or secondary licensure (5-12) in the areas of communication arts and literature, social studies, life science, chemistry, and mathematics.

Admissions Requirements
The Graduate Teaching Licensure Program will consider applicants who:

  • Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application form.
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework.
  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Submit a complete Graduate Teaching Licensure Application Essay.
  • Submit two completed Graduate Recommendation forms from someone who has observed your interaction with children and someone who has observed your leadership skills.
  • Submit a completed Student Immunization form.
  • Submit a TOEFL examination or the Michigan Test score which is required of all international applicants and applicants whose primary language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test is required. The minimum Michigan Test score of 80 is required.

Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee. The admissions committee may choose to interview applicants.

Prerequisites
Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Deadline
See the GTL website or call the Graduate Admissions office for admissions due dates. The web address is http://grad.css.edu/ or call (218) 723-6285.

The Graduate Teaching Licensure Program grants acceptance in the following categories:

  • Full Acceptance: granted to those students who meet all admission requirements.
  • Provisional Acceptance: granted to those students who have not submitted all required materials but who otherwise have met the admission requirements. Students are allowed one semester to submit remaining credentials and are not eligible for Financial Aid until Full Acceptance is attained.
  • Probational Acceptance: may be granted to those students with cumulative GPA below the 2.8 requirement, but have strong Graduate Recommendations, and a strong Application Essay. The student must then achieve a 3.0 after completion of their first term to receive financial aid.

Transfer Credits
Students may transfer graduate credits they have earned from an accredited college or university toward completion of their St. Scholastica program. A maximum of six transfer credits can be applied towards the master's degree. The College of St. Scholastica will consider transfer credits from students who:

  • Submit an official transcript sent from the accredited institution;
  • Submit the course syllabus, catalog or other pertinent descriptive information;
  • Demonstrate that course content is applicable to the program enrolled;
  • Earn a course grade of "3.0" or better; and
  • Complete the course within seven years prior to graduating from the St. Scholastica program.
  • Students are advised to get pre-approval for before registering for courses they intend to transfer.

Graduation Requirements
The master's degree requires completion of 34 graduate-level credits. If students need additional graduate level credits they may take electives from our other graduate programs, our professional development courses, or a maximum of 6 graduate credits transferred in from another accredited institution.

Chair of Graduate Programs in Education: Chery Takkunen, Ph.D.
Duluth Program Coordinator: Gail Gaetz, M.L.S.
St. Cloud Program Coordinator: Jesse Hinrichs. Ed.D.
St. Paul Program Coordinator: Doreene Langason, M.Ed.

The Master of Science degree requires completion of 34 graduate-level credits. Graduate-level licensure courses and seven credits in educational research are required to complete the degree. Students have seven years to complete the Master of Science degree. If students need other graduate-level credits, elective credits are available through our Master of Education program. Up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred in from another accredited institution with program approval.

EDU 6180 Understanding & Evaluating Educational Research, 3 cr.
EDU 6190 Using Data to Improve Student Learning, 4 cr.

Graduate Teaching Licensure Program Requirements

Educational Foundation Coursework for All Licensure Areas
EDU 5110 Reflection & Professional Development I 0 cr. $200 course fee
EDU 5111 Reflection & Professional Development II 1 cr.
EDU 5115 Foundations of American Education 1 cr.
EDU 5125 Diversity in the Classroom 1 cr.
EDU 5130 Learning & Development 2 cr.
EDU 5135 Exceptionality & Inclusion 2 cr.
EDU 5220 Classroom Assessment 2 cr.

Elementary (K-6) Methods and Field Experience Coursework
EDU 5250 Field Experience & Classroom Management Seminar I 1 cr. $50 course fee
EDU 5310 Visual & Performing Arts (elementary) 1 cr.
EDU 5320 Elementary Physical Education & Health Methods 1 cr.
EDU 5325 Elementary Reading I 2 cr.
EDU 5330 Elementary Reading II 2 cr.
EDU 5340 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5350 Field Experience & Classroom Management Seminar II 2 cr. $50 course fee
EDU 5360 Elementary Mathematics Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5370 Elementary Science Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5450 Field Experiences & Classroom Management Seminar III 2 cr. $50 course fee

Secondary (5-12) Methods and Field Experience Coursework
Methods coursework will vary depending on licensure area
EDU 5240 Secondary Drug & Health Ed. 1 cr.
EDU 5250 Field Experience & Classroom Management Seminar I 1 cr. $50 course fee
EDU 5331 Middle Com Arts & Lit 2 cr.
EDU 5332 Secondary Com Arts & Lit 2 cr.
EDU 5335 Secondary Content Reading Area 2 cr.
EDU 5341 Middle Social Studies Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5342 Secondary Social Studies Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5350 Field Experience & Classroom Management Seminar II 2 cr. $50 course fee
EDU 5361 Middle Mathematics Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5362 Secondary Mathematics Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5371 Middle Science Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5372 Secondary Science Methods 2 cr.
EDU 5450 Field Experiences & Classroom Management Seminar III 2 cr. $50 course fee

Student Teaching: Required for all Licensure Areas
EDU 5500 Student Teaching Internship 8 cr. $150 course fee
EDU 5510 Student Teaching Internship Seminar 1 cr.