When are the classes?
Classes begin Sept. 1, 2016, and run through Dec. 16, 2016, for fall semester and run Jan. 9 to May 5 for spring semester. The summer term runs from May 15 to July 7, 2017. The full 2016-17 Concordia College Academic Calendar is available online.
What are the appropriate MTLE tests I should have taken before school starts? Do the PRAXIS tests count?
Test takers who completed Praxis tests prior to 09/01/2010 are accepted if they meet Minnesota’s former passing scores. Individuals hoping to gain licensure in MN must achieve passing scores on Basic Skills competencies (reading, writing, and mathematics), Pedagogical and Content-specific knowledge. Tests on MTLE or NES Basic Skills may be waived if the individual has higher scores on an ACT Composite and ACT Combined English/Writing, PRAXIS* or GRE scores. Please contact our office if you believe you may be eligible for this waiver. Praxis II tests are no longer accepted for pedagogical and content tests, and Minnesota Teaching Licensure Exams (MTLEs) must be completed by the licensure applicant. Students entering the CALLEd program should have taken Basic Skills tests and passed content area MTLE tests. *Test takers who completed PRAXIS tests prior to 09/01/2010 are accepted if they meet Minnesota's former passing scores. Please contact our education department office if you want to verify your eligibility.
When is my personal interview portion of the application?
Phone interviews may be completed prior to admission into the program. Applicants will be contacted to set up a phone interview once all of their application materials have been received.
How do I know if my transcript is OK?
Our admission committee will evaluate your transcript once all your application materials have been received. Applicants will then be notified if they have been accepted into the program, and individualized recommendations for coursework will be given at the time the student is accepted.
Will I take MTLE pedagogy tests during the academic year?
Yes, you will have already passed your Basic Skills and MTLE Content tests prior to your arrival into the program.
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $35 and can be paid online during your application submission. Payments by check are also accepted and should be made out to Concordia College and sent to the Office of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Studies, Education Department, Concordia College, 901 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562. Application fees are non-refundable.
What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition is $720 per credit and the CALLEd program has a total of 35 credits. Students seeking licensure in languages have 39 total program credits. Tuition expenses do not include fees associated with MN licensure exams or licensure application with the Minnesota Department of Education. There is a one-time student teaching fee of $500, which includes a student's background check fee, the edTPA portfolio fee, and classroom teacher stipends. Additionally, students are assessed a $50 fee for their methods course (for the classroom teacher). Students are also responsible for liability insurance ($35) for all clinical experiences and must use Education Minnesota for coverage.
What if I’ve already taken an educational psychology class?
Your transcript will be evaluated to determine equivalency of all courses that will apply to your licensure program. If you have taken an educational psychology class in your undergraduate program, or taken a developmental psychology and cognitive psychology class, you do not need to take PSYC 212 for this program.
Will I be able to keep my current employment?
We will make every effort to arrange course meetings during times that don’t interfere with a traditional workday schedule. However, there will be clinical field experiences that will require you to be in a school during their operating hours. With the exception of student teaching, where you will be in a classroom full time for 12 weeks, most clinical field experiences have some scheduling flexibility.
Can I get a student teaching placement in my hometown?
Assuming there is a suitable placement in your hometown, and your school administrator approves the placement, it is possible for you to do your student teaching in your hometown.
What is the robot? How does it work?
A robot double will allow you to interact via robotic telepresence with any of our classes.
Can I take my MTLEs after I’ve started the program?
Yes, but your continuation in the program will depend upon successful completion of all licensure tests required by the state of Minnesota.
What if I’ve taken the MTLEs but have not passed them?
You are able to take all examinations required by the state of Minnesota as many times as it takes to pass them.
What if my GPA is less than 2.75? Are there conditional admissions?
Yes, there are conditional admissions; however, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. We are not able to recommend anyone for licensure who has not obtained a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Are there other licenses that I can obtain through this program?
It is possible to seek licensure in social studies, communication arts/literature, physical education, health education, art, elementary education or business. However, it may require extra coursework to meet the content standards in those areas. Students hoping to pursue licensure in those areas should contact our education department office for more information.
Am I eligible for a TEACH grant?
Unfortunately, no. Post-baccalaureate programs are not eligible for this grant. However, there may be other loan repayment programs that are available to you. Check with the Minnesota Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education for student loan repayment options.
Do I need vaccinations to begin this program?
Yes, federal regulations require all incoming students to have completed vaccinations in order to be admitted to any institution of higher education.
Do I have to take the Title IX training on sexual assault?
Yes, again, federal regulations require this of all incoming students.
If I have to take additional classes, do they have to be taken at Concordia College?
No. You may take any additional courses from any college of your choice, providing that the courses you take are equivalent to content provided in Concordia courses. We advise you to submit syllabi and course descriptions for approval prior to taking them so that we can be sure they meet the content standards required by the state of Minnesota.
When will I be able to accept a position to teach?
Assuming you meet all the requirements for MN licensure, including completing necessary coursework, passing licensure exams, and successfully passing student teaching, you will be able to apply for teaching positions that begin during fall 2017.
What kind of computer will I need?
You’ll need a computer, tablet, laptop or device that’s capable of creating word documents and you’ll need the ability to connect to the internet. Your device must have the capability to use voice and visual feedback (like a webcam), as well as contain Adobe Connect Software.
Will I need to pass a background check?
Yes. In order to work in any school, a criminal background check must be passed. The Education Department sends relevant forms to you prior to your first clinical field experience. The fee for a background check is built into your student teaching tuition. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact us for more information.