M.S. Initial Licensure

The demand for high school agricultural education teachers continues to grow. This program will prepare you to be an inquiring, analytical, and reflective agricultural educator who will inspire students. You will experience a powerful combination of educational theory and classroom practice, and you'll leave feeling confident and prepared to make a difference.


The agricultural education initial licensure program at the University of Minnesota is designed to help you become an accomplished professional educator who can help students succeed in the classroom. The program is for individuals with bachelor’s degrees who want to become licensed teachers. You will be engaged in rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with Minnesota Board of Teaching standards.

Students must complete their degree five years after initial enrollment in the program. Continuous enrollment is required; students must enroll fall and spring semester until degree conferral. A leave of absence is possible if you plan a break in your degree program. Students must maintain a 2.80 minimum grade point average (GPA).

This program includes two components: initial licensure and M.S. degree. After successfully completing licensure requirements, students are recommended for state licensure to teach agricultural education in grades 5-12. This program also provides licensure for Coordinator of Work-Based Learning.


Program requirements (Google Document)


See Master of Science program requirements.

View the online application. All application materials are due by these deadlines:

  • March 1—summer session admission
  • July 1—fall semester admission
  • November 1—spring semester admission

Completing the Program


Dr. Amy Smith
Director of Graduate Studies
146C Ruttan Hall
[email protected]