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Elementary License

Jennifer Keller

“Thinking back to my MAE program, I recall being surrounded by a diverse, committed and passionate group of educators. My peers brought to our discussions real-world classroom experiences as para-educators and teachers, from urban and suburban settings. Their perspectives were at times different from my own and caused me to re-think what I thought to be true; I knew discussions like these would lead me to be a more reflective and thoughtful teacher which would serve my students and families well.”

Jennifer Keller, Elementary Teacher

Grades Covered by License



Offered at Minneapolis and Rochester

Required Licensure Courses

Review downloadable PDF about specific requirements and course descriptions  It is important to note that the course requirement list is inclusive of absolutely every course that is required for licensure. As part of the application process the MAE Program Director performs an individualized transcript assessment in order to identify any undergraduate courses that may meet state standards thereby possibly reducing the number of courses that you may need to complete to earn a license.

Completion Time

Average time for completion is 3 years, inclusive of completing non-education content courses in math, biology, physics, and earth science and student teaching.

Even accounting for content area courses and student teaching Augsburg’s Elementary licensure program takes longer to complete than others. Why?

Every Education Department faculty member has K-12 teaching experience in their respective backgrounds. When they designed our Elementary licensure program they took into consideration meeting State of Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements, and then they asked themselves is that sufficient to meet the pedagogical and professional expectations placed upon Elementary teachers? They also took into consideration that K-6 students are forming the foundation of knowledge that subsequent middle/high school and postsecondary learning will build. The result? A comprehensive program with additional time and training devoted to literacy, science, and math. The latter two subjects have a tendency to cause anxiety in teachers whose undergraduate background didn’t include extensive STEM subjects.


Optional endorsements in middle school specialty areas of communication arts, math, science, and social studies can be pursued with or separately from the K-6 license. Additional courses will extend overall completion time.

Schedule & Course Format

Minneapolis: Courses are offered weekday evenings, education courses typically are Tuesday and/or Thursday, and content area courses Monday and/or Wednesday

Rochester: Classes primarily meet weekday evenings at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Courses are typically Hybrid format, one week face-to-face meeting and next week assignment done online, applies to Minneapolis and Rochester


The number of supporting content area courses required for licensure depends upon the courses completed as part of the bachelor’s degree and/or other coursework. Requirements are determined by Minnesota licensure standards for specific college-level coursework in math, biology, physics, and earth science for all students seeking elementary licensure.

Previous coursework can be accepted into the licensure program if it meets Minnesota standards and if a grade of C or better was achieved. The Education Department and the content area departments determine the courses that are accepted. Transcripts, course descriptions, and course syllabi are used to make these determinations. Courses that are older than five years are judged on a case-by-case basis.