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While completing student teaching is NOT a requirement for graduation, it is a requirement for completing the program in the School of Urban Education and being recommended for a Minnesota teaching license.

Having a teaching license is a requirement for full-time teaching positions in public schools. Similarly, completing a standards-based electronic portfolio, passing Praxis I exams (PPST-Reading, Writing and Math), and passing Praxis II exams (Content Knowledge, and Principles of Learning and Teaching) are also NOT required for graduation, but they are requirements for being recommended for state licensure.

Therefore-although individual circumstances vary- students who are technically eligible to graduate are generally recommended to apply for graduation during the semester they complete School of Urban Education coursework and student teaching. In making your decision, you should carefully consider the following advantages and disadvantages associated with graduating either before or after completing all requirements needed for licensure.

Graduating after completing Student Teaching

Typical Advantages

  • Feeling a sense of full accomplishment by completing the program.
  • Being eligible to apply for a teaching license after passing exams.
  • Being ready to apply for full time urban teaching positions that require a license.
  • Continuing to receive Pell Grants and other financial aid only available to undergraduate students while you complete the program.
  • Not having to repay student loans while still taking other coursework required for licensure.

Typical Disadvantages

  • Delaying graduation and not being eligible to substitute teach until graduation.

Graduating before Student Teaching

Typical Advantages

  • Feeling a sense of partial accomplishment.
  • Being eligible to become a substitute teacher.
  • Applying for teaching jobs, especially in high need subjects, where a school would hire you without a full license.
  • Moving on to a career outside of public schools.

Typical Disadvantages

  • Not being eligible for Pell Grants and other financial aid available to undergraduate students.
  • Not being able to teach full-time in most public schools.
  • Re-apply for university admission (no fee required) as a post-baccalaureate student to complete any coursework and student teaching required for licensure.
  • Possibly having to start paying back student loans while student teaching.

Graduating before completing all EDU coursework

Graduating before completing all EDU course work is only possible for English Teaching and Social Studies Teaching majors.

Typical Advantages

  • Feeling a sense of partial accomplishment.
  • Completing remaining EDU coursework at the graduate level which might mean increased pay when hired to teach.
  • Eligibility to apply for larger graduate level student loans.
  • Being eligible to become a substitute teacher.
  • Moving on to a career outside of public schools.

Typical Disadvantages

  • Not being eligible for Pell Grants and other financial aid available to undergraduate students.
  • Not being able to teach full-time in public schools.
  • Needing to reapply to Metropolitan State to complete program coursework at the graduate level.
  • Possibly having to start paying back student loans before finishing program requirements.

Because each student's financial situation and financial aid eligibility varies, it is also extremely important for students to discuss their situation and implications of any decisions with their advisor and the university's Financial Aid Office.



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