Sep 22, 2023  
2022-2023 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2022-2023 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

K-12 Reading Teacher Certificate

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Program Description

The K-12 Reading Teacher program prepares candidates for Minnesota or Wisconsin K-12 Reading Teacher licensure.  The program prepares graduates to develop, implement, and supervise K-12 reading curriculum in district level positions or to coach and consult with teacher colleagues.  

The Graduate Certificate in K-12 Reading is no longer accepting students into the program effective Fall 2022 until further notice.

Program Outcomes

Consistent with the mission of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Board of Teaching requirements for licensure as K-12 Reading Teachers, the K-12 Reading Teachers graduate certificate program expects its graduates to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the foundations of reading processes and instruction.
  2. Employ a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading instruction with elementary, middle, and high school students.
  3. Apply a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  4. Create a literate environment that fosters reading.
  5. Value professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Program Structure and Delivery

The K-12 Reading Teacher program can be completed in 16 months and is designed to fit the schedule of employed persons who want to take classes on weekends and during the summer.  Courses are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.

Degree Requirements

K-12 Reading Master’s Degree Completion

For those students seeking a full master’s degree instead of a graduate certificate, see the 

Education, M.A. with K-12 Reading Certificate  


The faculty and advisers for the K-12 Reading Teacher program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees.  Faculty are selected for their educational and professional experience, expertise and proven ability to teach adult students.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to qualify for the K-12 Reading Teacher Program must have or be eligible for a Minnesota classroom teacher license.  Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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