Masters degrees

Credentialing requirements for teaching at the college or university level are defined by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). If you teach for any of the colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system, qualified faculty must have discipline-specific credentials, including concurrent enrollment instructors.

If you teach in the liberal arts, the HLC requires a master's degree or higher in the subject you teach OR a master’s degree or higher in another discipline + 18 graduate credits in the subject you teach.

If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education that can include the required graduate credits in your subject area, we have options for you!

*18 graduate credits within each teaching discipline are required to meet credentialing requirements.

  • M.S. Urban Education—Curriculum, Pedagogy and Schooling concentration (34 credits); 19 credits EDU core;
    • *15 credits of electives

Metro State University

Saint Paul campus:
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000

Phone: 651.793.1300
Admissions: 651.793.1302

  • M.S. Teaching and Learning
    • (31 credits); 18 required core/research courses; plus *18 credits content specialization 
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Family Consumer Science
    • Communication Education
    • English: Teaching Writing or English Literature

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Studies
Alumni and Foundation
Center Room 115
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-2321

  • M.S. Curriculum & Instruction (32-33 credits); 17 credits of core ED requirements –
    • emphasis in Mathematics (*16 MATH credits)
    • emphasis in Biology (*15 BIOL credits)
    • emphasis in Chemistry (*15 CHEM credits)
    • emphasis in content specialization (*15 credits approved by program coordinator)
    • also emphasis areas in Teacher Leadership, Literacy, Special Ed, and Kodaly (MUS)

MSU Moorhead

Graduate Studies Office
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563 USA

Phone: 218-477-2134

St. Cloud State will accept up to 15 credits in transfer from another MinnState University or 9 graduate credits in transfer from other accredited institutions towards a master’s degree program. The courses must be reviewed and approved by the program faculty and meet our graduate transfer requirements. For certificate programs, a minimum of 9 graduate credits must be completed at St. Cloud State so many of our certificates will accept 3-9 credits in transfer toward a graduate certificate.


St. Cloud State University Graduate Studies

St. Cloud State University
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Phone: 320-308-2113
Toll free: 800-369-4260

  • MS in Education (34 – 37 credits); 19 – 21 credits of core ED requirements –
    • Emphasis in English (*18 credits in ENG and LIT)
    • Emphasis in Math (*18 credits in MATH)
    • Also emphases in Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Reading, TESL, Sports Leadership, Technology for Training and Learning

Southwest Minnesota State University

Phone: 507-537-6819
Toll-Free: 800-642-0684