License Minnesota

Teaching License, Various Types

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)

Agency contact information:

Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of
1500 MN Hwy. 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 582-8200
Educator Licensing
For licensing applications and information call: (651) 582-8691
(651) 582-8809 (fax)
Contact Info:



Teacher License Lookup

Online Licensing System

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work.


Minn. Stats. 122A.09


Minnesota Rules 8710.


Applying for a first-time Minnesota educator license and online license renewal is available on the MN Dept. of Education website at Data Submissions.

Application information and forms are also available on the MN Dept. of Education Licensing web page.

Minnesota operates on a single packet submission basis. The completed application, all supporting transcripts, documents, fingerprint card, and fees must be submitted in the same envelope. Partial or incomplete submissions will be returned to the applicant.


Important Licensing Update: Basic Skills Testing Changes

2013 Minnesota Session Law Chapter 116 became effective at the end of the 2013 legislative session. This law directs the Board of Teaching and Educator Licensing to change certain testing conditions for receiving temporary licenses. These temporary licenses do not require passing scores for the MTLE Basic Skills tests (the Content and Pedagogy testing requirements have not changed).  

  • Teachers who have already been issued a one-year license in Minnesota may be granted an additional one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year even if the teacher has not yet passed one or more of the MTLE Basic Skills tests (Math, Reading, Writing).  All other licensing requirements and renewal conditions must still be met. These teachers may renew that temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year without again attempting or passing the Basic Skills tests.
  • Teachers applying for a first license in Minnesota who have completed a Minnesota licensure program may be granted a one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year if the teacher has attempted but not yet passed MTLE Basic Skills tests. These teachers may renew that temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year without again attempting or passing the Basic Skills tests.
  • Teachers applying for a first license in Minnesota who completed an out-of-state licensure program may be granted a one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year in order to allow time to attempt and pass the MTLE Basic Skills tests during that year.* A teacher who does not pass the MTLE Basic Skills tests during that year may renew the temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year.

Chapter 116 also creates a Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force. The task force is directed to evaluate the MTLE Basic Skills tests and recommend methods for teacher candidates to demonstrate skills mastery by February 14, 2014. The Board of Teaching must adopt rules by January 1, 2015 reflecting the task force recommendations.

While Chapter 116 provides for temporary licenses described above, in order to receive and be granted a full five-year professional license, a candidate must pass all MTLE Basic Skills exams. Candidates seeking full licensure who have not yet attempted the basic skills tests are encouraged to attempt the tests.
* Note: Passing scores from PPST Praxis I tests taken prior to September 1, 2010, will be accepted if they met Minnesota’s former passing score requirements.

Related Services Personnel :

Related Services Personnel include School Counselors, School Nurses, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and Speech/Language Pathologists. Licensure in these fields does not require compliance with the Minnesota human relations, teacher testing requirements. In addition, applications for School Counselor (if the program completed is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs [CACREP]), School Nurse, School Psychologist, School Social Worker and Speech/Language Pathologists do not require a recommending signature. List the college/university through which the program was completed and attach in a college/university sealed envelope an original transcript. Fee is usually paid online with credit card.

Fingerprinting Requirements and Fee:

Effective January 1, 1996, Minnesota State Law requires that all candidates applying for initial licensure be finger printed for national criminal background checks. The background check requires that one fingerprint card be submitted with the initial licensure application. A state background check will also be conducted. The processing fee for the FBI fingerprint based criminal history background is $26.25.

Fingerprinting must be completed on the card supplied by the MN Dept. of Education. To request a fingerprint card contact

Any license that is issued may be revoked based on the results of the background check.

Refer to:

New Licensure Instructions and Registration Guide

Human Relations Requirements

Early Childhood Family Education Clarification

Teacher Testing Requirements and Testing Chart revised August 2012


See Fingerprinting Requirements and Fee in the Requirements section above. Fees are non-refundable processing fees and will not be returned to applicants not qualifying for licensure.

License Fee:
First-time online application - $90.65
Online renewals - $64.40

Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

Varies depending upon the type of license.

Length of Determination Process:

Contact the Department.