• MAT/Initial Licensure Program License Options


    Elementary Education K-6 (beginning February 2011)
    Elementary Education K-6 (pre-2011)


    Science 5-8
    Communication Arts and Literature 5-12
    Mathematics 5-12
    Social Studies 5-12
    Chemistry 9-12
    Life Science 9-12
    Physics 9-12


    Dance and Theatre
    English as a Second Language 
    World Languages and Cultures: German
    World Languages and Cultures: Spanish


    Our team of licensure advisors are here to help you with everything from the time you are admitted to program completion. They will set up an initial-advising meeting with you to go over your course planner and learning contract. Potential equivalencies are determined at this time, in addition to answering your questions about the program. Advisors can direct you to the appropriate administrators and faculty members should you have specific needs or questions.

    K-6 Licensure Advisor

    Amy Filo

    K-12 or Secondary Licensure Advisor (including ESL initial licensure)
    Kate O'Brien

    K-12 Reading Licensure Advisor
    Julie Doyle

    Additional Licensure Advisor (including ESL additional licensure)
    Alyssa Vaj

    Placement Office (Clinical/Fieldwork or Student Teaching Placements)
    Dana Coleman

    Transfer Credits

    Candidates may bring in 1/2 of their pedagogy courses. For the different license areas, this would translate to:

    • Secondary/K-12 (excluding ESL) candidates may bring in up to 4 classes
    • K-6 candidates may bring in up to 5 classes (mini-methods are treated as one block/class)
    • ESL candidates may bring in up to 7 classes (3 of those pedagogy)

    In general, candidates may only bring in coursework with a "B-" letter grade or higher. There may also be some time-limit restrictions in terms of what types of courses will be accepted. 

    Students may petition to have up to one "C+" or "C" course counted toward licensure. Students who are seeking licensure in high-needs areas may be considered for additional waivers at the discretion of the petitions committee. In the petition, the student must provide a clear rationale for how she or he believes that despite the final grade earned, what evidence could be provided to make the case that the student still developed a strong grasp of the course's content and standards. Contact your license advisor for more information. Petitions are reviewed on a monthly basis by a faculty and staff committee.

    Teacher Education Department Graduate Student Petition Form (PDF)


    Testing requirements are dependent upon licensure type, and each MTLE includes multiple subtests. To pass an exam, candidates must pass each subtest.

    Candidates in the MAT/Initial-Licensure Program are advised to take their Basic Skills MTLEs within Semester 1.

    Be sure to regularly check your Hamline account to learn of MTLE prep opportunities off-campus or on-campus. The department will update students as paid or tuition-free opportunities come up.

    Learn about the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations >