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Post-Baccalaureate Programs

We are happy that you are thinking about furthering your education and pursuing a teaching license. Winona State University is a wonderful place to do this as we have more than 20 different licensure areas


Study in Winona

On the Winona Campus, the path to a teaching license is through a traditional undergraduate program. Generally, it takes about 2 1/2 years added on to your Bachelor's degree to complete the necessary coursework. 

If you are interested in pursuing this route, your first step is to apply to WSU as a transfer student. After your WSU application has been processed, then you will be able to see what additional coursework you will need to complete in order to obtain a teaching license. 

The next step is to apply for program admission to the Teacher Education Unit. 


Study in Rochester

On the Rochester Campus, there are two other options. The first option is through a graduate program called the Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education (MSED) is an opportunity for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree with an appropriate major to become secondary teachers in one of the following licensure areas:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts & Literature
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies

The second option on the Rochester Campus is the Rochester Elementary Education program. This program has been redesigned recently. The redesign was inspired by the need to rethink how teachers are prepared in educational policy, theory, and practice in order to better meet the needs of our 21st century learners.

This program can be completed in two years if you choose to enroll full-time or three years if you choose to enroll part-time.

For additional program specific information, you can also refer to the course catalog.