Pathway to Licensure

Pathway to licensure cohort
Pathway to licensure cohort graduation

We help passionate and experienced education assistants reach their career goals.


Contact: 

Colleen Robinson
(p): 651-415-5593
(e): crobinso@916schools.org

Education assistants and paraprofessionals in our schools and in our member districts already provide outstanding service to our students. Now, they can become classroom teachers.

By investing in staff who already provide excellent service to students, and who know of the challenges and joys of this line of work, we hope to hire and retain some of the best-prepared teachers possible. We also know that alternative licensure programs are one way that many aspiring teachers of color in particular have been able to reach their professional goals.

Since 2015, Northeast Metro 916 in partnership with the University of Minnesota has offered a pathway to licensure program for EAs to obtain a master’s degree and teaching license in the area of emotional/behavior disorders (EBD).

In 2019, we began a partnership with the University of St. Thomas to offer a similar program for paraprofessionals and EAs who wish to pursue a master's degree as well as an Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) teaching license with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Emotional behavior disorders (EBD) licensure program

Each year, we offer an EBD teacher licensure cohort in partnership with the University of Minnesota. This program provides a pathway for education assistants to earn their master’s degree in education and a K-12 teaching license in emotional/behavioral disorders in two years. Interested applicants must have completed an undergraduate program with a 2.5 or above GPA and have one year of experience working with individuals with emotional/behavioral disorders. To learn more about this program, visit the University of Minnesota website.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) licensure program

Our newest licensure program is designed for paraprofessionals and Tier I teachers who have a bachelor's degree, and who aspire to earn a special education teaching license. This is an affordable, accessible, and accelerated program where you can earn your ABS license in two years and complete the ASD component in the third year, all while earning your master’s degree.

For more information, read the program summary and review the PowerPoint.