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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 people 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) -  Online Only
  • Elementary Education (K–6) with a Middle School (5–8) Endorsement - Online Only
  • 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 with:

  • Elementary Education (Online only)
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science (General Science, Life Science, Chemistry)
  • World Languages and Cultures – Spanish: K-12
  • Visual Art: K–12
  • Music: K–12
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorder
  • English as a Second Language

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. These subject courses are not prerequisites to entry. You may take these subject courses 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 on 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 in two to three years at the Online Program.

Winona Campus Program (One Year)

Complete licensure preparation requirements and your master’s degree in one year (subject courses 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. Please note that the Elementary Education track is not available to students on the Winona campus.

ONLINE PROGRAM (Two to Three Years)

Continue working while completing licensure coursework online. The timeline for program completion varies depending on licensure/subject area and subject knowledge. 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.


Winona Campus program Submit all application materials by Monday, July 5, to begin the licensure prep program in late July 2021.

Online Program Submit all application documents by Friday, August 6th in order to begin end of August 2021

You are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year. Those accepted early can work with their program advisor to begin taking subject area coursework prior to the start of the licensure preparation classes.

Connect With Us

Megan Troje, M.A.

Lead Field Specialist

Admission - SGPP

LaSalle Hall - TC Campus, LSH 114

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5211

Connect with Megan for information on programs offered by the School of Education.

Megan Troje M.A.
Betty Kube

Administrative Assistant

Dean of Education, Dean of the College

Saint Mary's Hall, SM 133

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6622

Betty Kube
Cindy Kronebusch

Assistant Program Director

M.A. in Teaching and K-12 Reading Programs

Griffin Hall, GR 221

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6637

Cindy Kronebusch


Katie Hubbard, M.A.

Program Director

K12 Reading and M.A. in Teaching - Winona

Griffin Hall, GR 219

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-8731

Katie Hubbard M.A.
David Bernard, Ed.D.

Course-Contracted Associate Professor

M.A. in Teaching

Lanka Liyanapathiranage, M.A.

Course-Contracted Instructor

M.A. in Teaching

Rodney Schwarz, M.A.



Griffin Hall, GR 208

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6610

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



Griffin Hall, GR 206

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6638

Karen Sorvaag Ed.D.
Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.



Griffin Hall, GR 214

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6612

Scott Sorvaag Ed.D.
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