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Licensing Program Information

Licensing Program Information

This page will provide current MPS employees and students with information about university/college licensing programs.

ALL LICENSING PROGRAMS: To access a table of all information for licensing programs for colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area, please click here

Spotlight on programs:

CUE Programs

CUE programs are funded through the state legislature and programs are available at Augsburg, St. Thomas, Concordia and Hamline. 

  • Southeast Asian Teacher Program (SEAT): The Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) licensure program at Concordia University, St. Paul, is an accelerated bachelor's degree program and, for those who already have a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate program leading to teacher licensure.

    The SEAT program is for individuals currently employed in Minnesota school districts as paraprofessionals, educational assistants and teaching assistants who are seeking a teacher license. http://www.csp.edu/academics/areas-of-study/teacher-education/post-bacc/seat/

  • Augsburg EAST: Augsburg College’s Education Department is a recipient of the Minnesota legislature’s generous Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) funding. The CUE program’s purpose is to increase the diversity of the teacher workforce in Minnesota. Our program specifically targets East African future teachers: East African Student to Teacher (EAST). The goal of the program is to recruit, retain, and license highly qualified students who wish to become K-12 teachers. EAST covers tuition costs towards initial licensure. Award amount will vary based on degree sought and are decided on an individual basis. Their website is http://augsburg.edu/education/east.  

  • St. Thomas: The St. Thomas CUE program licenses people in ESL and special education. The program recruits diverse teacher candidates and provides a scholarship to cover tuition for accepted applicants. This is a graduate-level program and therefore, applicants are required to have their Bachelor's degree. The next recruitment cycle will be in spring 2017. You can view the 2015 application here.

Special Education Licensing Programs

All state approved Special Education licensing programs: If you go to this webpage (http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/TrainTeachMN/AppLicenProg/index.html), you can find a list of state-approved licensing program kind of special education license. The information lists the universities, the website for each university and whether or not the program is at the graduate level or the undergraduate level. 

University of Minnesota Special Education Program Information

  • University of Minnesota Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: The contact is Jennifer McComas and Jennifer’s email is jmccomas@umn.edu. Her phone number is (612)624-5854.

  • University of Minnesota Learning Disabilities program: The contact is Kathy Seifert: email is seif0074@umn.edu and phone is 612.625.6559.

St. Mary's University Program Information

Minnesota State University - Mankato

St. Thomas University 

  • St. Thomas offers off-site cohorts in St. Paul, Burnsville, Plymouth and Roseville. Courses are offered at a reduced rate and classes meeting on Thursday evenings and two Saturdays per semester. You can view a flyer here.
  • The college also offers an Early Childhood Special Education licensing program. You can view the flyer here.
  • The contact for these program is Barbara Jo Stahl, Adjust Faculty and Off Campus Coordinator. The phone number is 651.962.4398 and email is bjstahl@stthomas.edu. 

Metropolitan State University

The College of St. Scholastica

  • A handout of the B.S. in Elementary Education at St. Scholastica is available here
  • The contact person is Heidi Bergstedt, Admissions Counselor and Heidi's contact information is (hbergstedt@css.edu) and Phone: 877.287.8751.

Secondary Education Licensing Programs

Metropolitan State University

  • A handout on the B.S. in Social Studies Education is available here.
  • A handout on the B.S. in Mathematics Education is available here.
  • A handout on the B.S. in Life Sciences Education is available here.
  • A handout on the B.S. in English Education is available here.
  • Field Experience Checkpoints for Licensure in Grade 5-12 at Metro State can be reviewed here.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities



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