CUE Scholarship Program

Preparing Culturally Re‌sponsive Educators of Color to Teach in Urban and Greater Minnesota's Diverse Communities

Multicultural students in class

The Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color (CUE) Scholarship Program is a public/private partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the state of Minnesota dedicated to increasing teacher diversity in Minnesota. The CUE program has been in existence at the University of St. Thomas since 1991, and has supported over 465 participants who are now employed in more than 125 Minnesota schools in their successful efforts to become licensed teachers.

The ongoing goal of this partnership is twofold. First, it is to effectively recruit and support people of color and American Indians into the teaching profession. Second, it is to support all teacher license candidates at the university in achieving greater cultural awareness and ability to effectively educate students from diverse backgrounds.

The University of St. Thomas CUE Scholarship Program awards scholarship dollars, which are in addition to any other merit-based scholarship dollars or other grants offered by the university. The scholarship program only supports students to acquire an initial teaching license. (The School of Education alumni discount program helps our graduates to obtain subsequent licenses and degrees at the University of St Thomas.) Any remaining tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student. The cost of your program will depend on the licensure program you choose.

We are looking specifically to support candidates who:

  • Are committed to serving as a licensed teacher in Minnesota for at least 4 years
  • Have observable commitment to advancing cultural competency and equity
  • Have demonstrated interest in social justice and change
  • Show potential to be successful in the diverse classroom

In order to determine your eligibility for a CUE Scholarship Program award and for us to determine the amount of the award, we ask that you complete the CUE Interest Survey and the University of St. Thomas application. Interviews with prospective scholarship awardees will be scheduled as soon as possible once you have been accepted into the academic program.

What you can earn

Your initial Minnesota Teaching License in Elementary, Secondary or Special Education

Where you will learn

Minneapolis campus

When to start

Fall 2018

 CUE Program Requirements

    1. Candidates must meet the following requirements:
      • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
      • Seeking an initial, first-time Minnesota teaching license
      • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our provisional admission policy.
      • A commitment to serving students in diverse school settings for at least 4 years
      • Ability to successfully complete your program in 2 years
      • Demonstrate a strong background in successfully working with diverse K-12 student populations
    2. Submit the following application materials:
      • Applicants who meet the scholarship program requirements may be invited to an interview.
      • The CUE Interest Survey
      • A University of St. Thomas application* (Select your licensure program of interest)
      • Two letters of reference from a supervisor and a professional colleague
      • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
        • Submit transcripts to Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 or
      • Personal Statement
    3. Submit the supplementary materials:
      • MTLE Basic Skills required prior to admission.
      • Transcript Evaluation: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degrees. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until after the evaluation has been received.
        • Submit evaluation to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

*Application for admission to the University of St. Thomas is separate and required prior to starting the CUE Scholarship Program.

What will it cost to participate in the CUE Scholarship Program?

The scholarship is offered first come, first serve for qualified candidates until funds are exhausted. Any remaining tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Typical costs include such items as tuition, textbooks, class materials, printing, parking in downtown Minneapolis campus area, any St. Thomas and Minnesota Department of Education testing requirements, license fees, transcript and technology fees, fees for background checks prior to any field experience or clinical practice in school settings and liability insurance.

What teaching license can I earn through the CUE Scholarship Program?

License options are elementary, secondary or Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities or Early Childhood Special Education.

What if I already have a teaching license; can I still participate in the CUE Scholarship Program?

No, the CUE Scholarship Program is for first-time licensure only.

When are applications for the CUE Scholarship Program due?

There is no due date for CUE Scholarship Program applications as the program is offered first come, first serve until funds are exhausted. We will screen and select applicants for interviews as soon as they are reviewed.

How long will it take to earn my teaching license through the CUE Scholarship Program?

Students can take 2-3 courses every semester for 2 years (summer, fall, J-Term and spring). Typically, students visit the Minneapolis campus for courses about 2 evenings a week. Evening courses run from 4:30-7 p.m. or 7:15-9:45 p.m. Summer sessions typically start at 5:30 or 6 p.m. There are a few exceptions such as some daytime courses on Saturdays during J-Terms that run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Actual times and specific days of the week for courses vary by semester. Each 3 credit graduate course typically requires approximately 90 hours of readings, group work and assignments outside of class time. This is a very intense program, requiring a significant amount of time and effort. The program is offers required monthly mentor network meetings.

What tests are required for admission to the University of St. Thomas and for licensure in the state of Minnesota?

Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.

The state of Minnesota requires you to take the MTLE/NES Basic Skills tests as part of your entry into any teaching licensure program in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Teaching also allows the ACT Plus Writing exam with a score of 22 or higher to be used in place of the MTLE Basic Skills tests.

Upon completion of your license coursework, the state of Minnesota requires tests in pedagogical knowledge and content area knowledge.