SEATSoutheast Asian Teacher Licensure Program

What is SEAT?

The Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) licensure program at Concordia University, St. Paul, is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program and, for those who already have a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate program leading to teacher licensure.

The SEAT program is for individuals currently employed in Minnesota school districts as paraprofessionals, educational assistants and teaching assistants who are seeking a teacher license.

The program began in 1998 when the Minnesota State Legislature appropriated funds to assist in the training of under-represented populations, with a focus on Southeast Asians. The initiative was prompted by the scarcity of fully-licensed Southeast Asian educators in Minnesota schools and the program has grown to train teachers to work in urban and urban-like settings.

SEAT provides enrolled students with partial tuition funding and textbooks. The program is designed in a modified cohort model, where students take late afternoon and evening courses while remaining employed full-time in a school district as paraprofessionals, educational assistants or teaching assistants. Students of all backgrounds are invited to apply for the SEAT program.

Goals of SEAT Program
  • Provide a culturally responsive education for SEAT students training to become classroom teachers. Concordia faculty will use curricular and delivery options that meet the needs of minority students, particularly those of Southeast Asian background.
  • Provide half of student’s tuition and a voucher to purchase textbooks from the Concordia University, St. Paul Bookstore.
  • Provide the academic and academic cultural support for students to be successful in the program.
  • Assist students in preparing for the Pre-Professional Skills Test.
  • Provide training, mentoring and support for students in making the shift from paraprofessional or unlicensed teacher to teacher.
  • Provide mentoring for SEAT graduates who are first-year teachers through the Circle of Support Program Mentoring Program.
  • Work with the school districts to recruit students and to assist in hiring and placement of SEAT graduates as classroom teachers.
  • Provide opportunities for the university community to improve the multicultural environment and teaching through events focused at cross-cultural communication.
  • Enable students to be involved in service learning and leadership roles in the Concordia community.
SEAT Requirements

Individuals interested in the Southeast Asian Teacher Licensure Program must be admitted as a student at Concordia University. Class rank, ACT scores and Grade Point Average (GPA) will be reviewed according to University procedure.

To be considered for SEAT, the applicant must:

  • Be currently employed as a paraprofessional or non-licensed teacher in a Minnesota School District.
  • Be able to successfully complete 12 credits each semester
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: 1) from the principal in the school where currently employed; and 2) from the teacher/mentor with whom they work
  • Provide transcripts of college courses previously taken (individuals with a significant number of previous college credits will be given priority consideration.)
  • Review of other applicants will be made for possible admittance.

Once admitted to SEAT, the cohort participant will:

  • Meet with an interview team to determine if further assessment is needed in oral or written communication skills
  • Meet with the program coordinator or designee to establish an Academic Plan.
  • Participate in Concordia’s Hmong Language Camp as a service-learning project (three times per semester)

The plan will include an individualized course of study for the participant. General education courses, professional education classes, field experiences, program seminars and intensive instruction in oral and written communication skills as well as support service for making progress toward meeting licensure requirements will be discussed. Training on a laptop computer will be designed to facilitate electronic journaling, email and related technical skills.

The mentor teacher/supervisor and principal at the school where the student is employed will be involved in the assessment of academic, professional and personal skills.

SEAT Application Requirements

Online Application

All SEAT applicants must apply for admission to Concordia University.  When completing the application, be sure to select “Undergraduate” in the Academic Level field, and select an education program in the Academic Program field.

Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Licensure Program Application 
Teacher/Mentor Letter of Recommendation 

Submitting Application Materials

Completed application materials should be sent to Concordia:

by mail:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Office of Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

or by email:

Contact Us

Please contact SEAT Admissions Counselor Brenda Vue with any questions: | 651-603-6275

Program Director

Sally Baas

SEAT Program Director: Sally Baas