• Application Requirements

    Applicants to our initial-licensure program are given priority for full admission based on the following factors listed below, although the selection committee will look at each candidate's entire file in relation to fit to the programs mission and vision:

    1. Earned a 3.0 (or higher) undergraduate GPA from an accredited college or university.

    An applicant with a GPA below a 3.0 (2.5-2.9) will have her/his file reviewed by a committee, and may be considered for provisional admission. If you have an undergraduate GPA below a 2.5, you are welcome to apply for provisional admission to the program. Candidates with an undergraduate GPA of below a 3.0 are encouraged to clearly explain any unusual circumstances leading to issues related to academic under-performance, as well as to share their plan for success upon entering the program.
    2. Are seeking licensure in a high-needs area. We especially encourage candidates interested in pursuing licensure in the following areas to apply to our program (applicants with 2.5-2.9 GPAs may receive full admission, depending on the overall quality of the profile):

    •  K-12 Dance/Theatre
    •  K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL)
    •  K-12 World Languages/Cultures
    •  5-12 Chemistry
    •  5-12 Mathematics
    •  5-12 Physics
    •  For more information about teacher-shortage areas in Minnesota and other states, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html

    3. Have experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 learners.

    Please note that there is currently more supply than demand for candidates in the following licensure areas. Priority for admission in these areas are given to candidates with exceptional academic profiles:

    1. K-6/Elementary 
    2. 5-12 Comm Arts/Lit
    3. 5-12 Social Studies 

    4. Depending on the availability of seats (Hamline licensure courses are generally capped at 24 students per section), some applicants in lower-need licensure areas or with GPAs below a 3.0/4.0 may be put on a wait-list (full or provisional admission, pending availability of seats in the beginning core courses). Hamline academic advisors will keep you updated as seats become available.

    How To Apply

    Applicants must submit the following materials:

    • Completed online application.
    • Written essay (not needed for the Reading License) Please submit a 1-2 page double-spaced essay discussing why you have decided to pursue public school teaching licensure. Please include your experience (volunteer or paid) in working with children.
    • Official undergraduate degree transcript sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or in a sealed, signed envelope. You do not need to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to speak about your professional readiness to teach in a K-12 classroom with diverse children, communities, and families. We do not accept letters from family members or friends. Letters must be sent directly to Graduate Admission from the persons writing the recommendations. Note: The Reading License Program does not require letters of recommendation.
    • For the Reading License Program: please include a copy of a current teaching license. 

    Send application materials to:

    Graduate Admission
    Hamline University MS-A1710
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284


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