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Special Permissions

Minnesota school districts that are unable to hire a fully licensed teacher in a particular teaching assignment may be eligible for a special permission. Several special permissions require action by the Board of Teaching: 
  • Nonlicensed Community Experts
  • Innovative Program Waivers
  • Discretionary Variance Requests

NOTE: Personnel Variance Requests are processed regularly by the staff in Educator Licensing at the Minnesota Department of Education. They are not subject to Board consideration.

In order for the Board of Teaching to take action on one of these requests, the application must be submitted 10 days prior to the Board meeting. This allows for internal processing and one week for Board members to review the materials in advance of their meeting. Submission deadlines for upcoming Board meetings are listed below.

For consideration at
the meeting on Friday:

Requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday:

July 19, 2017

July 5, 2017

August 11, 2017

July 28, 2017

September 15, 2017

September 1, 2017

October 13, 2017

September 29, 2017

November 17, 2017

November 3, 2017

December 15, 2017

December 1, 2017

January 12, 2018

December 29, 2017

February 9, 2018

January 26, 2018

March 9, 2018

February 23, 2018

April 20, 2018

April 6, 2018

May 11, 2018

April 27, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 1, 2018


To apply for a special permissions, go directly to our electronic Special Permissions System (SPS).

SPS is hosted by the Minnesota Department of Education and will require a user ID and password for entry. To obtain access to this system, please see the Request for User Access form below.
Questions regarding the SPS system, Waiver, Nonlicensed Community Expert, Variance Appeal, and Limited Appeal should be directed to
Questions regarding General Education Variances should be directed to
Questions regarding Special Education Variances should be directed to
For additional information and questions regarding Personnel Variances, Limited Licenses, and Nonrenewable Licenses, please contact the staff in the Educator Licensing division at the Minnesota Department of Education.
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