Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university

  • GPA of at least 2.8

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

The GTL program length varies due to our program being customized around your undergraduate degree and the Minnesota teaching standards in the area you want to teach. Before submitting an application, you may request an informal analysis of how many courses you will need by contacting your Admissions counselor.

Prerequisite and content courses may be taken throughout the year.


2. Application

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with prerequisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript service.

Email to

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Select your program. In the online application you will be prompted to select your program:
    • Graduate Teaching Licensure K-6 (elementary ed.) (Licensure only)
    • Graduate Teaching Licensure 5-12 (secondary ed.) (Licensure only)
    • Graduate Teaching Licensure K-6 (elementary ed.) + MS in Teaching:
    • Graduate Teaching Licensure 5-12 (secondary ed.) + MS in Teaching
    • MS in Teaching Completion K-6-for students that already completed the Graduate Teaching Licensure
    • MS in Teaching Completion 5-12-for students that already completed the Graduate Teaching Licensure
  3. Upload your completed Graduate Teaching Licensure Essay (word or pdf format).

    As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload your essay that represents your highest level of academic writing and demonstrates your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program.

    Prepare a 500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, answering the following questions:
    • What life experiences led you to make this career change decision?
    • How will earning a teaching licensure enhance your professional life?

    Please finish the essay with a short paragraph on:
    • Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?
  4. A minimum of two experiences with children is required in the online application, documenting at least 30 hours of experience with children individually and in a group setting.  For middle/secondary applications, at least 15 hours of the 30 hours of experience with children must by with adolescents/teens (12- to 18-year-olds).  For elementary/middle applicants, at least 15 hours of the 30 hours must be with school-age children (6-to11-year-olds). This information will be entered into text fields in the application.
  5. As part of the online application, enter contact information for two references who have preferably observed your interaction with children and who have observed your leadership skills. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for the first review. If the application is approved to move forward after the first review, a background check must be passed in order to be considered for full program acceptance.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

  • After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.
  • Successfully complete background check ($50 fee).

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Application Deadline

Fall: July 15

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Contact Us

Duluth Admissions

Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Recruitment Counselor, Graduate & Extended Studies
(877) 287-8719

St. Paul Admissions

Heidi BergstedtHeidi Bergstedt
Admissions Counselor,
St. Paul Campus

(877) 287-8751

St. Cloud Admissions

Katie WayneKatie Wayne
Recruitment Counselor,
St. Cloud Campus
(877) 287-8740