Teaching Licensure

  1. Title II
  2. Requirements
  3. Program

Visitors Please Note: Carleton College is a four-year, residential college. Licensure through Carleton is available only to regularly enrolled students.

Adviser: Deborah Appleman

Carleton offers Minnesota teaching licensure preparation for grades 5-12 in communication arts, mathematics, earth and space science, life science, and social studies. Grades 9-12 preparation is available in physics and chemistry. K-12 preparation is available in French, German, Spanish, and visual art. 

Field experience helps to engage students in the critical analysis of educational discourse and to prompt them to imagine alternative approaches to educational studies. To that end, Carleton licensure candidates serve apprenticeships in local public schools at several points during their preparation program, whenever possible mentored by master teachers who are "reflective practitioners." The Teacher Education Committee oversees the licensure program at Carleton College.

The Carleton teacher preparation program is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Education and complies with the state Licensure Rules for training teachers of K-12 school children to meet Minnesota Academic Standards using the Standards of Effective Practice. Minnesota requirements compare favorably with others throughout the nation, so holders of a current Minnesota teaching license are able to use it as the basis for obtaining licensure in most other states.

Title II

The Carleton licensure program is in full compliance with federal Title II regulations for disclosure of state-mandated MTLE examination pass rates. For 2016-2017, the most recent year for which data are available, the Carleton licensure candidate pass rates were 100% for all areas. See page 27 on this detailed Title II certified disclosure statement.

Requirements for Licensure

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
    Access forms here. You may also get these forms from the Educational Studies Department in the licensure information packet.
  • Completion of a major in art, English, mathematics, French, German, Spanish, biology, geology, physics, chemistry, or the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or an interdisciplinary program such as American studies or Latin American studies so long as one-third of the total baccalaureate work falls within the realm of the social sciences). Major requirements in individual disciplines may be found in the department listings. Please note that for the purposes of teaching licensure, some courses may be required in addition to those required for the regular Carleton major.
  • 42 credits in designated educational studies courses
  • Satisfactory scores on tests required by the State of Minnesota
  • Satisfactory completion of student teaching
  • License application to the State of Minnesota
  • Satisfactory completion of the Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers as mandated by the Minnesota Board of Teaching

Program for Licensure

A student entering Carleton who plans to become licensed as a teacher is advised to carry out the following program

 Two of the following four:

EDUC 110            Introduction to Educational Studies, or       

EDUC 250            Fixing Schools                


EDUC 338            Multicultural Education, or                  

EDUC 353            Schooling and Opportunity                                   


All of the following:

EDUC 234            Educational Psychology          

EDUC 375            Teaching Exceptional Students (taken at St. Olaf)         

EDUC nnn            Methods of Teaching (in major area) (taken at St. Olaf)          

EDUC 355,356      Student Teaching           

EDUC 386            Pre-Student Practicum: Teaching Reading in the Content Area            

Discuss your teaching interests with at least one member of the Educational Studies Department as soon as you begin considering teaching licensure. Completing licensure requirements, as well as other Carleton requirements, requires careful advance planning; therefore, the earlier a potential candidate seeks information, the easier it is to develop a good program. Places are reserved in Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC110) each year for first year students. EDUC110 is not required for licensure, but it can help you clarify your commitment to teaching. Required courses technically open to first year students are 234 and 338. However, under Carleton's seniority registration system it is very difficult for first year students to enroll in these courses.

We strongly recommend that you take 250 or 353. You may also take 338 or 234, although most students take these courses as juniors.

You should apply (forms available on campus only) to the teacher licensure program during your junior year. Once you are admitted to the program, you will be assigned an educational studies advisor who, in cooperation with your major advisor, will help you with program planning, completion of requirements for both graduation and teacher licensure, and student teaching placement. As a junior you should take two of the following three courses, 240, 338, or 353. You should also enroll in Educational Psychology 234, since you need to take 234 before taking 254, which may be taken in the junior or senior year. If you plan to student teach during your senior year instead of the "thirteenth term" (see below), you must also take the special methods course given in your teaching area.

The special methods course given in your respective teaching area is usually taken during spring semester of your senior year at St. Olaf if you plan to student teach during the thirteenth term. Pre student Teaching Practicum (386), which integrates community service into your teacher preparation, follows in spring term as well as Teaching Reading in the Content Area. You should also register to take the state-required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations

We strongly encourage students to student teach during a thirteenth term, usually the fall term after they graduate. Doing so affords the normal amount of time for completing major and distribution requirements, allows students more time to both explore the liberal arts and carefully consider their commitment to teaching, and prevents them from being encumbered by other campus commitments during their student teaching. The student will be charged only a nominal administration fee in lieu of tuition. Student teaching in the fall/thirteenth term permits student teachers to take advantage of the Educ. 355, 356 Student Teaching seminar experience.