Admissions Requirements and Checklist


B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university

GPA of at least 2.8

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Before Applying

The GTL program length varies due to our program being customized around your undergraduate degree and the Minnesota teaching standards in the area you want to teach. Before submitting an application, you may request an informal analysis of how many courses you will need by contacting your Admissions counselor.

Application Checklist

  1. Request official transcripts. Transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Docufide, Scrip Safe or National Clearinghouse (email to Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with pre-requisite coursework. 

    Please order early - transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive. Mail transcripts for receipt on or before the deadline to:

    The College of St. Scholastica
    Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
    1200 Kenwood Avenue
    Duluth, MN  55811
  2. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
    1. Select your program:
      • Graduate Teaching Licensure K-6 (elementary ed.)
      • Graduate Teaching Licensure 5-12 (secondary ed.)
      • MS in Teaching Completion-for students that already completed the Graduate Teaching Licensure
    2. Upload your completed Graduate Teaching Licensure Essay (word or pdf format)
      The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program.
      Prepare a 500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, answering the following questions:
      • What life experiences led you to make this career change decision?
      • How will earning a teaching licensure enhance your professional life?

      Please finish the essay with a short paragraph on:
      • Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?
    3. A minimum of two experiences with children is required, documenting at least 30 hours of experience with children individually and in a group setting.  For middle/secondary applications, at least 15 hours of the 30 hours of experience with children must by with adolescents/teens (12- to 18-year-olds).  For elementary/middle applicants, at least 15 hours of the 30 hours must be with school-age children (6-to11-year-olds). This information will be entered into text fields in the application.
    4. Enter contact information for two references who have preferably observed your interaction with children and who have observed your leadership skills. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  3. If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.
  4. Discuss financing your education with OneStop early in the application process by calling (877) 287-8716(877) 287-8716.
  5.  Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

Program Start Dates 

Duluth - September

St. Cloud - May

St. Paul - May, September 

Applications due 6 weeks prior to program start.  Contact Admissions Counselor for more details.

After Acceptance

  • Submit Decision Response Form
  • Successfully complete background check ($50 fee )

Technology Requirements

All students are expected to have proficiencies with certain technology. Please go to our Technology Requirements page for more details.

Transfer Credits

See Graduate Transfer Credit Policy

Credit Transfer Application form

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Contact Us

Duluth Admissions

Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Recruitment Counselor, Graduate & Extended Studies
(877) 287-8719

St. Paul Admissions

Heidi BergstedtHeidi Bergstedt
Admissions Counselor,
St. Paul Campus

(877) 287-8751

St. Cloud Admissions

Katie WayneKatie Wayne
Recruitment Counselor,
St. Cloud Campus
(877) 287-8740