Apply to Teacher Education

Departments and colleges in the university develop major and minor programs for teacher education (Bachelor of Science degree) which meets the Minnesota State Department of Education standards, Minnesota Statutes, Board of Teaching standards, and Minnesota Board of Education regulations. After approval by appropriate college and university committees and/or councils, the programs are forwarded to the Minnesota Board of Teaching through the Dean of the School of Education. All teacher education programs have been approved by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). When students successfully complete an approved program and apply for a Minnesota teaching license, the Office of Records and Registration verifies program completion. The School of Education recommends the graduate for the appropriate license. This approved teacher education program procedure for licensure is similar to that found in other states.

Students pursuing licensure programs have major responsibility for making certain that they meet concomitant and/or antecedent requirements as well as    the academic program requirements for the licensure they seek.

Legislation enacted in 1985 required the Minnesota Board of Teaching to adopt examinations for assessing skills in reading, writing, and mathematics for teachers licensed under Board authority and to adopt rules for implementation and ongoing administration of licensure tests. In addition, Minnesota Statute 122A.09(e) requires the Minnesota Board of Teaching  to adopt general pedagogy and content tests for teacher licensure.

Effective September 1, 2010, Minnesota adopted the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) as the  means by which basic skills, content and pedagogical knowledge are assessed. (Revised 9/2009, Minnesota Board of Teaching;

Teacher Education Admission Process

Step One: Admission to a School of Education Program

The  applicant must be admitted to a major program of study (see major department  for details) in order to be considered for admission to Teacher Education.

  1. Departments/Programs will assess student skills in writing and oral communication as well as student dispositions as a part to their admissions processes.

Additional information about Major programs is available in the St. Cloud State University Undergraduate Catalog:

Elementary EducationTeacher Development

Secondary EducationAppropriate academic program of interest, i.e. art, math english

Elementary/Secondary Education (PreK-12)Art, Music, Physical Education

Early Childhood EducationChild and Family Studies

Instructional TechnologyInformation Media

Special EducationSpecial Education


Step Two: Admission to Teacher Education

Application deadlines are the first Monday in March (to be considered for admission for fall semester) and the first Monday in October (to be considered for admission  for spring semester).

  1. The applicant must complete and submit the Application for Teacher Education. Applications are available in the School of Education Dean’s Office.
  2. The applicant must enroll in the electronic data system and participate in the collection of electronic data at entry and various other points throughout the  teacher education program.
  3. The applicant must have taken the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination in reading, mathematics, writing and have a score report on file in the Office of  the Dean of the School of Education. Students receiving a score of less than 220 in any area of the MTLE Basic Skills test must submit a success plan  approved by the SOE Director of Student Services and the academic advisor before being admitted to Teacher Education. Applicants must pass the MTLE in reading, mathematics, and writing in order to be placed for student teaching and recommended for licensure. Tests may be retaken.
  4. The applicant must have earned an overall grade point average of 2.75 or greater (on a 4-point scale) in all course work completed. Students with a grade point  average less than 2.75 must have an approved success plan on file with the SOE  Director of Student Services and approval of their academic advisor prior to  admission to Teacher Education.
  5. The applicant must have earned a grade of C or better (not C-) in a designated  Introduction to Education Course (currently Ed 200, SPED 200, CFS 200 and ED 300)

Additional information about Major programs is available in the St. Cloud State University Undergraduate Catalog:

Elementary, Secondary and K-12 EducationTeacher Development

Early Childhood EducationChild and Family Studies

Special EducationSpecial Education


Step Three: Eligibility

Candidates must contact the Office of Clinical Experiences (EB B-120) for forms, deadlines  and policies related to applications to enter student teaching.

  1. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  2. The applicant must have passing scores on all MTLE Basic Skills Tests.
  3. The applicant must meet all program and professional education requirements.
  4. The applicant must provide proof of liability insurance.
  5. The applicant must sign a student teaching contract.
  6. The applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check as required by the  host district.
  7. Applicants must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours completed in residence at St. Cloud State. University prior to student teaching
  8. The applicant must agree to adhere to the expectations outlined in the appropriate Student Teaching Handbook. 

The School of Education reserves the right to consider, as part of admission to student  teaching, personal qualities, general health, scholastic achievement, conduct, or other standards related to effective teaching

Step Four: During Student Teaching

  1. The applicant must meet Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA) requirements as mandated by the State of Minnesota.
  2. The applicant must be familiar with and adhere to the expectations outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.


A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in teacher education must meet the following academic standards in order to qualify for graduation:

  1. General scholarship—2.50 grade point average.
  2. Professional education—see individual departments and centers.

Application for graduation forms are obtained in the Office of Records and Registration. The university academic calendar lists the due dates for each semester.