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Urban Secondary Education for Grades 5-12 Licensure

The Urban Secondary Education licensure program within the School of Urban Education (UED) is designed to meet the needs of urban middle and high schools for teachers who can improve students' educational achievement. The School prepares prospective teachers who can build on the talents and resiliency of diverse urban learners for success in school and life. Our approach to teacher education focuses on preparing diverse, reflective and resilient teachers who are outstanding in their commitment to teaching urban youth and providing equal educational opportunity. By attracting teachers of color and low-income or "first generation" college students into teaching careers, the School provides urban schools with competent educators who can relate to the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse youth and their communities.

The mission is twofold: 1) to increase the number of well-prepared teachers of color in Minneapolis, St. Paul and inner-ring suburbs so that the teaching workforce reflects the ethnically diverse population of students and their communities; and 2) to empower urban teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, urban field experiences, and professional dispositions needed to improve the educational achievement of historically and currently underserved urban learners and to advocate for their right to receive a high quality education.

Visit the website or call 651-999-5920 for more information.

Course Requirements for Teaching Licensure (38 credits plus specific content area coursework)

Pre-Professional Education Courses (6 credits)

The following courses are open to all students and, among other requirements, are needed for admission to the School of Urban Education. To be admitted in the Urban Teacher Program, students need to meet the requirements and criteria stated in the Guide to Admission in the Urban Teacher Program. Contact the School for more information about program Admission requirements.

Professional Education Courses (24 credits)

The following courses are open to students who are admitted to the School. Students must complete field experiences in an urban middle school and an urban high school while completing the following Professional Education courses, but prior to doing their student teaching.

Content Area Majors and Required Methods Courses for Grades 5-12 Licensure (credits vary by major)

In addition to required Professional Education courses for licensure listed above, teacher candidates must complete methods course work in the specific content areas in which they will be licensed to teach after they have completed most of the other coursework required for their content major. The links below will go to the major requirements:

Student Teaching (8 credits, 12 weeks full-time)

Teacher Candidates must notify the Field Experience Coordinator two semesters prior to doing their student teaching. They must also submit a student teaching application packet.

NOTE: This experience is required for licensure not the major or degree. Teacher Candidates must notify the Field Experience Director two semesters prior to doing their student teaching. They must also submit a student teaching application by September 1 for spring placements and February 1st for fall placements.