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Field Placement

In order to be out in the field with students must complete the following required components:

  • Personal Liability Insurance:  Students must have personal liability insurance while they are working in public school classrooms. This is usually obtained most economically with a student membership in Education Minnesota. Details can be found online at: Education Minnesota Liability Insurance
  • Background Checks:  Students are required to have a background check every two years during practicum/student teaching/volunteering in schools and agencies. Proof of a completed background check is required prior to any experience in public school and agency setting. Details regarding background checks can be found on the Field Placement Background Check website.

Program Progress and Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements & Catalog Year

The teacher licensure degree requirements are subject to change without notice to accommodate the requirements of licensure and accrediting agencies. Students are required to always follow the current APAS catalog year that aligns with the approved board of teaching program.

Admission to Upper Division Programs

Students are admitted to CEHSP as pre-majors. Admission to a major is contingent on submission of evidence that the student has completed prerequisite courses, earned a satisfactory GPA, taken appropriate tests, made plans for the rest of the academic program, and in some majors, participated in a personal interview to review these matters. The individual majors set standards for admission, and students should consult their adviser or department office for information. Once admitted, students remain in the program as long as minimum GPA requirements are maintained. Students who fall below the minimum are monitored by the department.

Maintenance Standards

To continue as education majors, students must make satisfactory academic progress and demonstrate acceptable professional performance in their field experiences. To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have a GPA that meets program standards for the major, and have no grades lower than a C- in required courses for the major.

Student Teaching

To be permitted to register for student teaching, students must meet the following requirements:

    • Grades of C- or better in all courses in the teaching major(s) and minor(s)
    • A GPA that meets program requirements

Students are required to apply for student teaching. This is done the semester prior to completing student teaching. The application process requires a program clearance packet (a review of all remaining requirements done in collaboration with the CEHSP Accreditation office) and a completed application submitted by the 4th Friday of the semester. This process is done with the CEHSP Accreditation Office and Field Placement office, learn more about deadline and application on the field placement student teaching website. Learn more about International student teaching online at: International Student Teaching website

Exit Standards

Before being recommended for licensure, students must demonstrate satisfactory performance outcomes required by the program and have acceptable ratings from both the classroom and University supervisors for student teaching performance. Students must pass all tests required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

  • IESE performance outcomes: C- or better in all major coursework, 2.7 cumulative and major GPA, submission of cooperating teacher evaluation, submission of supervising teacher evaluation, documentation of dispositions, and knowledge of teacher code of ethics.
  • STEP performance outcomes: C- or better in all major coursework, 2.5 cumulative and major GPA, submission of cooperating teacher evaluation, submission of supervising teacher evaluation, documentation of dispositions, interview, and knowledge of teacher code of ethics.
  • UECH performance outcomes: C- or better in all major coursework, 2.7 cumulative and major GPA, submission of cooperating teacher evaluation, submission of supervising teacher evaluation, documentation of dispositions, and knowledge of teacher code of ethics.
  • SPED Post Bac (ABS Standalone) performance outcomes: C- or better in all major coursework, 2.7 cumulative and major GPA, submission of cooperating teacher evaluation, submission of supervising teacher evaluation, documentation of dispositions, and knowledge of teacher code of ethics.

Post baccalaureate Contracts

CEHSP has a Post baccalaureate Student Contract process for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree at UMD or at another institution and who wish to obtain licensure to teach in Minnesota. This process also can be used by persons who hold a teaching license in one area and wish to add a second license, and those who wish to upgrade a teaching minor to a teaching major. Students can learn more about the evaluation process online at: http://z.umn.edu/cehsppostbac

Post baccalaureate contract students must apply for admission or readmission to UMD and must meet all admission requirements for the appropriate teacher licensure program. Upon completion of the requirements identified on the post baccalaureate contract, and passing the tests required by the state students are recommended for Minnesota licensure.

Post Baccalaureate Policies

Teacher Licensure

Requirements for obtaining a MN teaching license includes:

  • edTPA submitted.
  • Cooperating teacher and university supervisor evaluation submitted.
  • Completion of coursework that meets Minnesota Rules for Teacher Licensing, either with a UMD Degree (B.A.A., B.A.Sc., B.F.A., or B.M.) or with status on a post baccalaureate contract.
  • Completion of teacher licensure testing requirements.
    • If all testing requirements have been passed students are eligible to be recommended for the 5 year full professional license.
    • If all testing requirements have been attempted students are eligible to be recommended for the 1 year standard license.
  • Completion of the required components for licensure application.

Students apply for licensure online with the Minnesota Department of Education. Verification forms are submitted for signatures to the CEHSP Accreditation office. Applicants must submit a completed application, required fees, evidence of completing all tests required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check, finger printing, licensing agreement, transcript & credentialing release form, and license verification worksheet to the CEHSP Accreditation office. Details regarding the application process.