Urban Teacher Program (UTP) Student Handbook
Includes the most current information about program requirements, resources, policies and forms.
Scholarships and grants for Urban Teacher candidates
Each year due to generous donors and grants, the School of Urban Education awards thousands of dollars of scholarships to several urban teacher candidates in addition to those offered to any student at the University. Scholarship applications are due in April for the following academic year. In addition, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers teacher candidate grants to support student teachers with financial need during their 12-15 full-time experience required for licensure.
Help with using Taskstream
All teacher candidates seeking licensure must have and use a Taskstream account. Taskstream is the online assessment system for monitoring attainment of licensure standards in courses, practicum experiences and student teaching, as well as a resource for creating units, lessons and rubrics aligned with state K-12 academic standards. You can also use Taskstream to create your own web folio or web pages, includes How to use Guide.
Licensure Exam Information and Registration
All candidates complete a teacher education program and apply for Tier 3 teaching licensure in Minnesota must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE) in both Content and Pedagogy for their specific license.
Metro State Resources for Success on Licensure Exams
In addition to resources for the content and pedagogy tests, this library resource has links to free practice tests, study guides and test preparation workshops for the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Exams (reading, writing, math). These skills exams are required by the state for a Tier 4 license, and evidence of trying these exams or the practice tests is also a requirement for full admission to the Urban Teacher Program.
Professional Education Standards and Licensing Board (PELSB)
This is the state agency that provides teaching licensure and approves teacher education programs. See their website for information about requirements for the four licensure Tiers as well as to apply for a license.
Minnesota Department of Education
This website provides important information for educators, schools and families.
Minnesota Report Card
This site provides current information about school and district demographics and student achievement.