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Become a Teacher

It’s never too late to begin a career in teaching! Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Arts in Instruction program is especially designed for adults who have their bachelor’s degree and are seeking a Minnesota teaching license for the first time.

Licensure Areas

Students will select from one of the following licensure areas, depending on their interests and career goals:

  • Elementary Education (K–6)
  • Elementary Education (K–6) With a Middle School (5–8) Endorsement
  • Secondary Education (5–12)
  • Specialty Subject Areas (K–12)
     

Specialty Subject Areas

Students pursuing an M.A. in Instruction degree at Saint Mary's can choose from the following endorsements, certificates, licensures, or content specialties.

  • Elementary Education
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science (Life Science, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry)
  • World Languages and Cultures: K–12 (Spanish and French) Note: We are no longer accepting students into the French specialty. 

Licensure Preparation

Licensure preparation includes a variety of requirements in addition to coursework including content requirements and field experience/student teaching.

Content Requirements

In addition to the coursework you complete in the program, you may also need to take required courses that pertain to the licensure or content area you are pursuing. Sometimes known as prerequisites, you may take these courses prior to, or while you are enrolled in, the Saint Mary’s program. Content requirements will be determined through a process of transcript analysis completed after you have submitted all application materials. Our staff will provide you with one-on-one advising and detail an efficient and accurate path to licensure.

Student Teaching and Field Experience

It is also critical for you to be able to put theory into practice. Your time in the program includes field experience and student teaching, which ensure that you have practiced your skills under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

Program Outcomes

  • Create learning experiences that make the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines taught meaningful for students.
  • Provide learning opportunities that support a student’s intellectual, social, and personal development.
  • Create instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse backgrounds and exceptionalities.
  • Encourage student development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills through the use of a variety of instructional strategies.
  • Create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom through the use of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques.
  • Plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
  • To evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the student through the use of formal and informal assessment strategies.
  • Reflect on and evaluate the effects of personal choices and actions on others, including students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community, and actively seek out opportunities for professional growth.
  • Communicate and interact with parents or guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support student learning and well-being.
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and disseminate research related to educational practice.
  • Evaluate critical teaching and learning issues and practices based on diverse educational philosophies and approaches.

From Start to Finish

You can earn your M.A. in Instruction degree in as little as one year at the Winona Campus or two to three years at the Twin Cities Campus.

Winona Program (One Year)

Complete licensure preparation requirements and your master’s degree in one year (prerequisites may extend timeframe). Live on or near campus and take full-time courses with the opportunity to complete some student teaching abroad. Small class sizes and a cohort model are perfect for those looking for a supportive community of learners and an accelerated route to teaching licensure.

Twin Cities and Rochester Programs (Two to Three Years)

Continue working while completing licensure preparation coursework in the evenings and on some Saturdays. The timeline for program completion varies depending on licensure/subject area and prerequisites. A flexible model allows you to take courses as they fit your schedule so that you can continue working full time up until the semester you student teach. Courses are taught by expert practitioner faculty.

Courses begin in the spring and fall semesters but you can get started with prerequisites any time. 

Apply Now

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities, Rochester, and Winona locations.




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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Education

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122

mdougher@smumn.edu

Faculty

Delores Roethke, M.F.A.

Master of Arts in Instruction - Program Director

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH110

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4511

droethke@smumn.edu

Delores Roethke M.F.A.
Melissa Hunter, M.A.

Master of Art in Instruction and Graduate School of Education - Program Coordinator

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5176

mlhunter@smumn.edu

Melissa Hunter M.A.
Madeline Matthews

GSOE - Administrative Assistant

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH23

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4562

mmatthew@smumn.edu

Madeline Matthews
Laurie Beebe, M.A.

MA in Instruction - Adjunct Instructor

Katherine Beecham, M.Ed.

Education - Adjunct Program Assistant Professor

(612) 659-7198

kxbeec05@smumn.edu

David Bernard, Ed.D.

MAI - Adjunct Associate Professor

Michael Birchard, M.S.

MA in Instruction - Adjunct Instructor

(763) 424-0944

michaelbirchard@gmail.com

Lanka Liyanapathiranage

MA Instruction Program - Adjunct Instructor

Jane Mason, M.Ed.

MA in Instruction - Adjunct Instructor

Mark Milner, M.A.

MA in Instruction - Adjunct Instructor