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The Teacher Education program at the College of St. Scholastica is accredited by both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of 7 years, from October 2013 to October 2020. 

Become an Educator with Your Graduate Teaching Licensure

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FAST FACTS: Graduate Teaching Licensure

  • Hybrid learning model: online and weekend on-campus courses in Duluth, St. Cloud and Twin Cities
  • Hands-on preparation with students: participate in knowledge through student teaching, seminars and clinical opportunities
  • Accelerated eight-week terms: earn your MN K–12 license in fewer than 2 years*
  • Seamless degree advancement: choose to earn a master’s degree while working toward your Minnesota teaching license to increase earning potential
  • Total program credits: 34 credits for secondary and 39 for elementary, plus 7 more for the M.S. in Teaching
  • Turn your bachelor's degree into an impactful career with our Graduate Teaching Licensure (GTL). Our program is designed so you can earn your K-12 teacher certification in a format that accommodates your life.  

Tuition: $560/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2019-20 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2018-19 tuition rates.

Earn your teacher certification in a format created for working adults

The transition to teaching is a rewarding endeavor, and our Graduate Teaching Licensure (GTL) program is designed to prepare students to get there seamlessly. This alternative pathway to teaching allows working professionals from all backgrounds to earn their Minnesota teaching license while working toward a Master of Science degree.

Any student seeking licensure in life science, chemistry or mathematics in our GTL program may be eligible for the Noyce Scholarship program.

Impact more lives as an educator. Request more information today.

GTL program overview

Prepare to make a difference as a teacher in classes offered in a blended online–on-campus format with course time limited to two weekends per month. This teacher certification program starts once each year in the fall. However, prospective students are encouraged to apply early to determine prerequisites and content courses needed, as these classes may be taken throughout the year.

Prepare for licensure in one of the following areas: 

  • Elementary Education (broad studies, K–6)
  • Secondary Education (choose one concentration area, 5–12)
    • Chemistry
    • Communication Arts and Literature 
    • Life Science     
    • Math
    • Social Studies
  • Spanish (K–12)

Our graduate licensure program was created in collaboration with the K–12 community. Through coursework grounded in research and best practices, we instill committed teachers with 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.

Work toward your master’s while earning your teaching license

Our GTL program is designed to meet the requirements of a Master of Science while you are working toward your initial Minnesota teaching license. This means you'll be able to enter the teaching profession with a master's degree, giving you more earning potential, better credentials and a full understanding of how to be an effective teacher.

If you're not interested in earning a Master of Science degree and just want your teaching license, then we can accommodate your needs as well. To learn more, fill out the form today. Or if you’re ready, start the application.

Federal loan forgiveness programs for teachers

The U.S. Department of Education offers loan forgiveness programs for teachers. The program requires teachers to work in school districts that serve low-income students for five consecutive academic years and offers up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness for Federal Stafford loans.

Learn more about federal student loan forgiveness programs.

Career opportunities

Educating isn’t just a rewarding occupation; it’s also in-demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teaching positions are projected to grow at about 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. That demand is even stronger across inner cities and rural areas.

Whether you are interested in being an elementary school teacher vital to the development of young children or a secondary school teacher helping to prepare students for the job market, the impact teachers have on the state of our communities is immeasurable.

Getting a teacher certificate is a great path to pursue your passion and become the best educator possible. Take the next step to earning your Graduate Teaching Licensure at CSS.

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  • Portrait of Wade Petrich

    "The cohort was really fun to be a part of, there is a camaraderie that gets developed over time. This program is designed to make you successful as you make a transition into education and I feel very fortunate that I was able to get a job here in the Duluth community."

    – Wade Petrich, '18

  • Portrait of Abbey Kaufman

    "I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed my experience at St. Scholastica. It was the best decision I could have made for myself personally and professionally. St. Scholastica opened doors for me that have greatly improved my life, and I am so thankful for all of the experiences I had!"

    – Abbey Kaufman, '18

  • "The GTL program is one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had. I am so thankful for the dedicated faculty and staff who have encouraged me every step of the way and the cohort model that provided lifetime friends and professional resources. Thank you, St. Scholastica community!"

    – Lauren Bucketine, '17


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