Selective Admittance & Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE)

  • Candidates are admitted to MSUM teacher education programs through a process referred to as Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE).
 Enrollment in a MSUM teacher licensure program means candidates meet specific requirements to enable licensure application at graduation.

    Admission Requirements for a Teacher Education Licensure Program

    Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) requirements for students who will be admitted to SARTE after August 24, 2014.

    Before you apply for SARTE, make sure you have taken either the NES basic skills, the ACT+Writing, or SAT. You must also have taken ED 205, ED 294, and Sped 225 and earned at least a C in each. If you have not fulfilled these requirements, you cannot apply for SARTE. Further details are included on each score sheet.

    NES Basic Skills Testing Applying for a MN Teaching License

    Applying for SARTE Instructions

    1. Fill out the SARTE worksheet. A link is on this web page. Add up your points to see if you meet requirements. If you meet requirements, continue the rest of these steps.
    2. Purchase TK20. You must use your official MNSTATE EMAIL.
    3. Once purchased and logged in, click on Applications and create new applications.
    4. Read the directions for writing your Personal Initiative statement.
    5. Compose your Personal Initiative Statement using Word or any other word processing tool, save it, and upload it to TK20. Click Submit.
    6. Notify your advisor that you have completed your Personal Initiative Statement in TK20 and that you are ready to finalize the SARTE application process.
    7. Your advisor will verify that you have the adequate number of points to be admitted to teacher education.
    8. Your advisor will access TK20 to fill out and submit the SARTE application form.
    9. You and your advisor will receive an email stating that you have been accepted to teacher education.

    SARTE Applications

    SARTE Application for ALL majorsSARTE SPED 2+2 Application

    If your points do not meet the requirement, you can make an appeal to the T-Care Team and state your case for admittance to teacher education. If your score comes very close to the minimum requirement, the T-Care Team automatically reviews your application. Both of these scenarios are explained in the paperwork.

    Members of the Tcare Team are Tim Harms, Valerie Ritland, Lisa Staiger, Marilyn Labrensz, Elizabeth Kirchoff, Sheila Marquardt and Lynn Mahlum. The appeal form should be turned in to Lynn Mahlum.

    Student Appeal FormSARTE Provisional Directions

  • At Retention Point I, teacher candidates must meet the required minimum GPA for their major, must earn a C- or better in all courses required for the major, and must have only resolved Dispositions Concerns. GPA and Dispositions Concerns can be found in Diary. Grades can be found on the DARS.

    Early Childhood Education & Elementary Inclusive Education

    During Embed II: At the time of advising, the student and advisor will review GPA, Course Grades in the Major, and Dispositions Concerns. The advisor will be able to check Eligible to continue or Not eligible to continue in Diary.

    Secondary & K-12 Education

    Semester after taking ED 310: During advising, the student and advisor will review GPA, Course Grades in the Major, and Dispositions Concerns. The advisor will be able to check Eligible to continue or Not eligible to continue in Diary.

    Not eligible to continue or Not eligible for student teaching
    Students will not be able to register for upper level education courses in the major with prefixes of ED, EECE, SPED, and STL, for the following semester, if retention point I is not passed. Students who are not eligible to student teach at retention point II should be notified by their advisors.

    All Majors

    Application for Student Teaching

    The advisor will determine that the teacher candidate is eligible for student teaching by checking the following.

    1. Minimum GPA for the major is met.
    2. All courses required for the major have been taken, with the exception of ED 443S, which is taken during student teaching for Secondary/K12 majors.
    3. At least a C- has been earned in all courses required for the major.
    4. Any Dispositions Concerns have been resolved.
    5. Testing requirements have been met in one of 3 ways.
      1. NES basic skills passed
      2. ACT+Writing: Composite score of at least 22; Combined English/Writing score of at least 21.
      3. SAT: Reading 510; Writing 510; Math 520

    Completion of Student Teaching

    Students must meet all of the requirements for student teaching to be eligible for graduation.

    Dismissal from Teacher Education

    A student may be dismissed from Teacher Education if remediation of knowledge, skilss, and/or dispositions has been unsuccessful. A student may also be dismissed for a violation of The Code of Teacher Ethics as put forth by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The Code of Ethics can be found in the MSUM Student Teaching Handbook and on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website.

    Evidence of Standards Assignment

    The state of Minnesota requires all teacher candidates demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to perform the skills addressed in each of the 10 Standards of Effective Practice. Your Evidence of Standards document will provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills for these standards. This document is required as a part of your student teaching application.

    Minnesota Teacher Licensure Requirements

    MSUM will recommend you for licensure to the state of Minnesota when you have completed all teacher education licensure requirements.

    The application for Minnesota licensure must be submitted online.

    Minnesota State University Moorhead prepares students for Minnesota teacher licensure. A student interested in licensure from other states (including North Dakota) should contact departments of teacher licensure in those states for specific information, as it is the student’s responsibility to meet individual states’ requirements for licensure.