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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 Teaching 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 Teaching 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.

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From Start to Finish

You can earn your M.A. in Teaching 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. 

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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


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

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Field Experience and Student Teaching

Experience applying theoretical concepts in real life settings is crucial to a teacher's development as a professional. Saint Mary's categorizes these experiences in two blocks: Field experiences and student teaching. This overarching framework provides for greater exposure to the developmental spectrum of students in the student's licensure category (K-8, 5-12, or K-12).

Student teaching is a semester-long, full-time experience in a K-12 school under the guidance of a supervisor from Saint Mary's University and a cooperating teacher licensed by the State of Minnesota. Students must attain a 3.0 GPA in their coursework in order to student teach.

Portfolio Development

Students are required to develop and maintain a professional portfolio that demonstrates mastery of the Saint Mary’s University Standards of Effective Practice. In each course students will receive guidance in building portfolio evidence for mastery of course-relevant Standards of Effective Practice. Students who do not meet mastery of course-specific standards must submit evidence of mastery to the Graduate Student Performance Assessment Committee (SPAC) before beginning student teaching. Mastery of standards associated with student teaching must be submitted to the SPAC before licensure recommendation will be made. Failure to meet standards may result in an intervention plan or removal from the program.

State Required Testing

In order to be recommended for licensure in the State of Minnesota, students must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensing Examination.

Connect With Us

Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Assistant Director of Admission

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Delores Roethke, M.F.A.

M.A. in Teaching - Minneapolis Program Director

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH109

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4511

Delores Roethke M.F.A.
Madeline Matthews

M.A. in Teaching - Minneapolis Program Coordinator

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH23

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4562

Madeline Matthews
Hollie Duffy, M.A.

M.A. in Teaching - Winona Program Director

Griffin Hall, GR202

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6619

Betty Kube

Education - Administrative Assistant

Saint Mary's Hall, SM133

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6622

Betty Kube
Laurie Beebe, M.A.

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Katherine Beecham, M.Ed.

Education - Adjunct Program Assistant Professor

(612) 659-7198

David Bernard, Ed.D.

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Associate Professor

Michael Birchard, M.S.

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

(763) 424-0944

Lanka Liyanapathiranage

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Jane Mason, M.Ed.

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Mark Milner, M.A.

M.A. in Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Karen Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Department Chair, Education - Professor

Griffin Hall, GR206

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6638

Karen Sorvaag Ed.D.
Jan Dimmitt-Olson, M.Ed.

Education - Assistant Professor

Griffin Hall, GR204

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6600

Jan Dimmitt-Olson M.Ed.
Elizabeth Donahue, M.A.

Education - Instructor

Griffin Hall, GR201

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-1476

Elizabeth Donahue M.A.
Melissa Luedtke, Ed.D.

Education - Professor

Griffin Hall, GR203

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6623

Melissa Luedtke Ed.D.
David Jackson, Ph.D.

Education - Associate Professor, MED - Facilitator

Griffin Hall, GR220

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6613

David Jackson Ph.D.
Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Education / LCT - Associate Professor

Griffin Hall, GR214

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6612

Scott Sorvaag Ed.D.
Rodney Schwarz, M.A.

Education - Instructor

Griffin Hall, GR208

Campus Box: #1522

(507) 457-6610

Rodney Schwarz M.A.
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