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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. 

Graduate Teaching Licensure

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FAST FACTS: Graduate Teaching Licensure

  • Gain hands-on knowledge through student teaching, seminars and clinical experiences
  • Option to earn a master’s degree while working toward license to increase earning potential
  • Hybrid learning model with online and weekend on-campus courses in Duluth, St. Cloud and Twin Cities
  • Accelerated eight-week terms; earn MN K-12 license in less than 2 years*
  • Total program credits: 33 credits for secondary and 38 for elementary, plus 7 more for the M.S. in Teaching

Tuition: $535/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 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.

Earn your teacher's license in a convenient, flexible format

St. Scholastica's Graduate Teaching Licensure (GTL) program prepares students to earn a Minnesota teaching license while working toward a Master of Science degree. The program is designed for working professionals with classes that are taught in a blended online/on-campus format. In class time is limited to two weekends (Friday or Saturday) per month.

The GTL 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.

This is an innovative program designed to provide professional preparation of teachers for elementary and secondary licensure. Students choose from one of the two 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 program is:

  • Focused on student learning
  • Well grounded in research and best practices
  • Collaborative with the K-12 community
  • 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.

Earn your Master of Science degree while working toward licensure

Our GTL program is designed to meet the requirements of a Master of Science while you are working toward your initial licensure. This means that you'll be able 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 licensure, we can accommodate your needs as well. Contact an admissions counselor for more information on this option.

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teaching positions are projected to grow at about 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Job prospects are expected to be the strongest in inner cities and rural areas. 

  • Elementary school teachers are vital in the development of young children
  • Middle and secondary school teachers help prepare students for the job market and higher education
  • Tenure rules in many states provide added job security
  • A master's degree can boost a teacher's earnings

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

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Info Sessions

  • "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

  • Portrait of Jebeh Edmunds

    "My experience at The College of St Scholastica was life-changing. I was able to fulfill my dreams with my Master of Science in Teaching and still be effective at home and in my community. I am proud to be a Saint and I wouldn't have had it any other way."

    – Jebeh Edmunds, '15


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