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Graduate Certificate in Instruction

Considering a change in careers? Interested in the vibrant field of teaching? Our Graduate Certificate in Instruction is tailored to serve you. The program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree but little or no previous coursework or experience in education. Whether you’ve recently graduated or have spent years pursuing another career, it’s never too late to make the transition to a career in teaching.


The program prepares students to become licensed teachers in the state of Minnesota. Students also have the opportunity to complete the Master of Arts in Instruction Degree that same academic year or within the following five years.

Students choose from the following teacher preparation areas:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Elementary Education (K-6) with an Early Adolescence (5-8) specialty
  • Early Adolescence / Young Adult (5-12)

Students choosing Early Adolescence / Young Adult have the choice of the following specialty areas:

  • Art (K-12)
  • Chemistry (9-12; candidates can also add General Science 5-8)
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music (K-12)
  • Social Studies
  • Life Science (9-12; candidates can also add General Science 5-8)
  • Physical Science (9-12; candidates can also add General Science 5-8)
  • World Languages & Cultures (K-12 in Spanish or French)

To earn the Master of Arts in Instruction degree, students need to complete nine additional credits beyond the licensure preparation courses. Master’s coursework focuses on cultivating teacher leadership and scholarship through research.

Teaching Standards

The program is based on the standards required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. All standards and requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to recommendation to the state for licensure.

Financial Aid

For more information about financial aid, vist our loan information page.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Instruction (Elementary) Gainful Employment Report
Graduate Certificate in Instruction (Secondary) Gainful Employment Report


Michelle Dougherty | | (612) 728-5122