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    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Teaching with Initial Licensure: K-12 ESL

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MAT Program Overview

Designed for working adults, this degree program provides initial licensure leading to a master’s degree in a supportive learning environment. Faculty have K-12 experience and a commitment to helping you become a successful teacher. Learn hands-on applications in an integrated curriculum focusing on urban, multicultural issues.

Field placements are integrated throughout the program so you practice what you learn in your courses as you progress toward full-time student teaching. You will develop the skills, content, and confidence to be a highly qualified teaching professional. Graduate education classes typically meet once a week in the evening. Some daytime classes are also available. You may attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis, according to your preferred pace of study.

After successfully completing the courses listed in an individually-developed course planner, students apply for acceptance to student teaching. Upon successful completion of the license requirements, students are recommended for state licensure. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and earn B- or higher in all licensure courses. Refer to the student handbook for program details and requirements.

There is a 7-year limit for students to complete licensure requirements, including passing student-teaching and applying for MN licensure. A student has an additional 7 years to complete the MAT degree.


State Testing Requirements

  • MTLE: NES Essential Academic Skills Test (see your advisor for equivalents) 
  • MTLE: Elementary K-6 or Secondary Pedagogy 5-12 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)
  • MTLE: English as a Second Language K-12 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)

Content Requirements - ESL

ESL candidates must have one year (two semesters) of college foreign language courses or two years at the high school level. Non-native English speakers are exempt as it is assumed they learned English as a second language.

Degree Completion Requirements

MAT Application Requirements

  • Completed application (available through Graduate Admission,
  • Official sealed transcripts of previous coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Request these letters from people familiar with your academic and/or professional qualifications.
  • Written essay. Submit a one- to two-page, double-spaced essay discussing why you have decided to pursue public school licensure. Please include your experience (volunteer or paid) in working with children.
  • Résumé

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