Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Minnesota
If you’re a future Minnesota educator, ToBecomeATeacher.org is here to guide you along the way. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal and obtain a teaching position in Minnesota that meets your professional expectations.
1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find a teaching program that reflects your budget and career goals.
- Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is essential. What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the cost of the program or the amount of debt you might incur? Does the program’s graduation rate or job placement rate matter to you? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue and does the program offer this specialization? All of these are critical questions to ask when selecting a program.
2. Planning for Licensure in Minnesota: To become a licensed teacher in Minnesota, you must complete at least a bachelor’s degree and an approved education program and write and pass the applicable state exams for your level and subject specialization; in Minnesota, these exams are known as the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you can begin searching for a job and launch your teaching career in Minnesota.
- At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? Is there a specific area of the state in which you hope to find a teaching position? What are your lifestyle priorities and salary expectations? Are you interested in teaching in an urban or rural school? What are your long-term career goals? Are you interested in eventually moving into to school administration? During this stage of the process, you should also keep expanding your profile as an educator.
Choosing an Education Program in Minnesota
ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right education program is never easy. Fortunately, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithm, we have reviewed and ranked the state’s top education programs. Among other factors, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below has shown exemplary dedication to offering education of the highest caliber to aspiring teachers. These programs comprise Minneota’s best. Find out which ones stand above the rest by reviewing the information posted below.
Minnesota State University-Mankato
University of Minnesota-Morris
Winona State University
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Martin Luther College
Saint Cloud State University
Metropolitan State University
Bemidji State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
Minnesota State University-Moorhead
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||Minnesota State University-Mankato||9.4||6.9||5.71||9.4||0.65|
|1||University of Minnesota-Morris||6.8||7.7||6.98||6.8||6.7|
|3||Winona State University||8.1||7.3||6.2||8.1||1.6|
|4||University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||6.1||9||8.37||6.1||3.7|
|5||Martin Luther College||7.1||3.8||8.47||7.1||7.3|
|6||Saint Cloud State University||9.7||4.7||5.5||9.7||0.97|
|7||Metropolitan State University||10||3.4||3.87||10||3.7|
|8||Bemidji State University||8.4||6.7||5.28||8.4||0.97|
|8||Southwest Minnesota State University||8.8||6.9||4.74||8.8||0.32|
|10||Minnesota State University-Moorhead||9.1||4.5||5.23||9.1||2.7|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Minnesota
Minnesota has developed a system that offers multiple pathways to teacher licensure:
- Pathway 1: The most common pathway entails completing a bachelor’s degree in education in one of the state’s many accredited education programs. A searchable database on the Minnesota Department of Education website provides information on all of the state’s accredited programs. Candidates must also complete all relevant exams for their level and subject area(s); these exams are administered by a division of Minnesota Teacher Licensure Testing.
- Pathway 2: Another common pathway is to complete a bachelor’s degree or higher and then to complete an approved teacher preparation program (e.g., a Master of Arts in Teaching) and the state’s applicable exams.
- Pathway 3: Teachers trained out of state may also apply for a Minnesota teaching license under the state’s reciprocal agreement program.
What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the State of Minnesota?
Minnesota employs over 55,000 teachers statewide. In 2015, a majority of Minnesota’s teachers held a graduate degree and reported having more than ten years of experience in the teaching profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Minnesota teachers make slightly above the national average for school teachers, with mean annual salaries between $59,230 and $60,680. In contrast to many states, a majority of students in Minnesota are enrolled in rural and remote schools. As the Minnesota Rural Education Association points out, however, these schools have often been overlooked, receiving far less funding for classroom activities and facilities maintenance than schools located in Minnesota’s urban areas.
In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 6 percent to 12 percent rate of growth in positions for teachers over the coming decade, with jobs for middle school teachers experiencing somewhat higher growth than jobs for elementary and high school teachers, and with jobs growing at the fastest pace in states located in the South and West. While Minnesota is not a state likely to see a major spike in jobs for teachers over the coming decade, the state does continue to experience shortages in certain regions and subject areas. Current teacher shortage areas in Minnesota include mathematics, chemistry, physics, Spanish and several special education areas. In contrast to some U.S. states, Minnesota also reports teacher surpluses in some levels and areas, including elementary education, physical education, and middle school social studies and communication arts and literature.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Minnesota?
- The Minnesota State Department of Education oversees the development and implementation of educational policies across the state and is responsible for setting standards for teacher licensure. Their website includes important information concerning initial certification and licensure renewal, and links to an active job board for teachers and educational administrators seeking employment in the state.
- Minnesota teachers are represented by two types of teacher organizations: Education Minnesota—a union with over 70,000 members–and a series of affiliated area labor councils.
- In addition, Minnesota teachers are represented by several subject-based groups, such as the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Math, Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, and Minnesota Council for the Social Studies.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Minnesota?
Hamline University in St. Paul offers a master of arts in teaching leading to initial licensure that can be completed online or in a blended learning format. At Minnesota State University Mankato students have the option of completing part of their education degree online in a blended format, and at Bemidji State University students can pursue their education degrees in a robust hybrid education program that combines online courses with three short intensive on-campus meetings throughout the year. For licensed teachers seeking additional subject credentials or hoping to advance into school administration, the online master’s programs in reading at Minnesota State University and online master’s program in learning design and technology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota are just two of the many in-state options.