About the Department

Augsburg Education offers a variety of programs to help future teachers make a difference in the lives and learning of P-12 students.  These programs are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and recognized at the highest level in the areas of faculty teaching and service to the community.  Programs are also accredited through the State of Minnesota, Board of Teaching and are offered in a day, weekend or evening formats.  These accredited programs include licensure offered in a choice of formats:

  • elementary (grades K-6) (day, weekend/evening)
  • secondary
    • grades 5-12
      • communication arts/literature and social studies (day, weekend/evening)
      • health, mathematics (day)
    • grades 9-12 in life science, chemistry, and physics (day)
  • middle school  5-8 in general science, social studies, mathematics, communications/language arts (day)
  • pre-primary (age 3 through grade 3) (day/weekend/evening)
  • K-12 specialist licenses in
    • visual arts, physical education, music education (day)
    • special education (weekend/evening)
    • and English as a second language (weekend)
  • The K-12 Reading Licensure Endorsement is also available at the graduate level to already licensed teachers (weekend/evening)

Progression through the program

Admission to the Education Department

Students in all degree and/or licensure programs must apply for acceptance into the education department prior to entering Education 300-400 level courses. Entering students are required to take the Minnesota Teacher License Exam (MTLE) in Basic Skills—Reading, Writing, and Math—prior to admission to the department.  A checklist of all requirements for acceptance into the education department is available under each program.

Students work closely with an education department adviser at the outset of coursework to map out the progression of courses through completion.  Admitted students are expected to become knowledgeable of program requirements and follow through with department policies. The Education Student Handbook outlines programs and policies as students progress through the program to licensure.

Field Service and Student Teaching

Field service in P-12 schools is a critical and required component of your professional preparation. Field service requirements are attached to day/weekend courses throughout each licensure program. Students are required to complete field service requirements in P-12 classrooms most semesters or trimesters.   Assignments completed in P-12 classrooms are an important avenue to understand the complexities of teaching and learning.  These field service requirements are described in each program.  We have worked closely with P-12 schools in Minneapolis, St. Paul and throughout the metropolitan area to develop partnerships which focus on P-12 student learning and outstanding mentoring of teacher candidates.

At the conclusion of your degree and/or licensure program, each teacher candidate completes a semester of full time student teaching.  Fall or spring student teaching lasts 12-18 weeks, depending on licensure area.  Please consult program requirements for the length and requirements of student teaching.

Licensure completion

The Education Department recommends students for licensure upon completion of all required program courses, successful completion of student teaching and passing appropriate licensure exams: MTLE, Principles of Learning and Teaching Test, and one or more subject matter test.

Program Options

The education department offers nonlicensure majors in elementary education and education studies for students who seek an educational degree without teaching credentialing.  Contact the department for details.

Additional endorsements (5-8 middle school concentrations, pre-primary) or minors (special education) can be added to licensure programs in both day and weekend programs.  Adding additional endorsements, initial license or double majoring in critical areas (e.g. elementary education and ESL initial license; or ESL and special education minor; or double major in Spanish with a social studies secondary license) will help you stand out as a potential teacher candidate.  Notify your adviser upon entering the program of your wish to add additional program options.

Looking to add a  teaching license after your B.A. or B.S.?

A graduate level licensure option is available in weekend/evening format to those already holding a B.A. degree. Graduate courses taken for licensure can be applied to a Master of Arts in Education degree. Contact the Education Department or the Adult and Graduate Admissions Office for information.