About the MAE

License First, Degree Second

Augsburg’s MAE program is for people who have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree already and are seeking a teaching license with an option to complete a master’s degree. Students meeting all degree requirements, successful completion of licensure/endorsement courses and degree completion courses, earn a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree.

Already licensed teachers can work towards the MAE by earning a second license in a different subject area or adding an endorsement.

Initial Teaching Licenses

Elementary Education
Secondary Education
English as a Second Language
Special Education


English as a Second Language
Special Education
Middle School Content Area (math, communication arts, social studies, or science)

Endorsements provide teachers with existing licenses an opportunity to expand their knowledge and practice area(s). Teacher candidates pursuing an initial license can take licensure and middle school endorsement courses concurrently.

Completion Time

Varies by individual determined by courses accepted in transfer, prerequisites for licensure courses, and credits taken per term.

Average time to licensure completion is 3 years for Elementary, Special Education and ESL, and 2.5 years for Secondary Education. These estimates include time necessary to complete non-education courses such as Chemical Dependency for all licenses, math and science content courses for Elementary, and math course for Special Education.

Degree completion averages one or two years.

Credit Evaluation

An official transfer credit evaluation of previous academic work will be completed as part of the admissions process. Undergraduate courses must have a grade of C or better, and graduate courses B or better to be eligible for transfer.


Licensure courses are predominantly offered during a weeknight schedule, generally Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6pm-9:30pm. Courses are hybrid format, face-to-face meetings every other week with online instruction in alternate weeks. A few education courses, and many undergraduate content area courses are offered face-to-face, meeting weekly in the evenings.


Will vary based on credits accepted in transfer and prerequisites. Student Financial Services maintains current tuition rates.


Augsburg College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a Master’s Level 2.

The Department maintains teacher licensure programs which are fully approved and accredited by the State of Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The advanced preparation program has been accredited through May 2014. The initial preparation programs have been accredited through 2018.

NCATE accredited MN Board of TeachingHigher Learning Commission North Central Association accredited