Initial and Additional Teaching Licensure
Minnesota teaching license programs
You want to change the world, and we're here to help. When you join Hamline's community of educators, you join nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students who have become teachers for over 25 years.
We’re leading the way for generations of educators who use our additional licensure options to continue learning throughout their careers. Don't just take our word for it: Our alumni have been recognized as some of the state’s best teachers by Education Minnesota, too.
We're here to help you navigate your next steps
Do you want to know what courses you'll need for a particular license? Our advisors will review your transcripts and work with you to help you get a clearer idea of what courses will transfer for your license area of interest.
Become a teacher: MA in Teaching initial licensure program
Whether you're changing careers or fulfilling your dream of becoming a teacher, Hamline has a path for you. Our programs help undergraduate and graduate students earn their first teaching license in various licensure areas.
Undergraduate students can also jump-start their careers with our accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching, where you'll earn your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree and prepare for your initial license in a single program.
Already have a teaching license?
Additional teaching licenses
Expand your worldview to meet the demands of today's classrooms with Hamline's additional license programs. You can add to the foundation of your current specialty or broaden your range of knowledge by studying subjects like adult basic education, K-12 reading and ESL, and special education (ABS, ASD). When you enhance your teaching toolkit, you'll enhance your students' learning experience.
Interested in something beyond an additional license? Explore our master's degrees in education, literacy education, natural science and environmental education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Administrative licenses, educational specialist, and EdD
Looking for administrative licensure? You can pursue your administrative license in one of three areas: principal, superintendent, and director of special education. Your administrative licensure can also be applied toward an Educational Specialist degree or your Doctorate in Education.
Completing any licensure program prepares you for seeking initial or additional licensure in the State of Minnesota. For more information regarding Minnesota educator licensure requirements, visit the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website.
License areas, course requirements, and format
|Licensure area||License programs offered and courses||Format|
|Adult Basic Education||Online, starting any term|
|Chemistry 9–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Communication Arts and Literature 5–8 Endorsement||Additional Licensure Courses||Combination of online and on campus|
|Communication Arts and Literature 5–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Elementary Education K–6||Combination of online and on campus or fully online starting in the fall|
|English as a Second Language K–12||Combination of online and on campus or fully online starting in the fall|
|General Science 5–8||Combination of online and on campus|
|K–12 Reading License||Additional Licensure Courses||Online, starting any term|
|Life Sciences 9–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Mathematics 5–8 Endorsement||Additional Licensure Courses||Combination of online and on campus|
|Mathematics 5–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Physics 9–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Social Studies 5–8 Endorsement||Additional Licensure Courses||Combination of online and on campus|
|Social Studies 5–12||Combination of online and on campus|
|Special Education - Academic Behavioral Strategist||Combination of online and on campus or fully online starting in the fall|
|Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder||Combination of online and on campus or fully online starting in the fall|
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