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Title: Teaching Licenses - Various Types
Alternate Title:
Description: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
Subject: Teachers and Education
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:17:53 PM
Modification Date: 6/21/2010 12:00:52 PM
Agency Name: Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: 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.
Agency Phone: (651) 582-8200
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
1500 Hwy. 36 West

Division Name: Educator Licensing -For licensing applications and information call:
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: (651) 582-8691
Division Fax: (651) 582-8809
Division URL:
Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Educator License Application Type Definitions
Apply for a Minnesota Educator License through the Online Licensing System (see link above).  Use the following license type definitions to determine the type of license application to complete. 

  • First-Time Full Professional Minnesota Education License: Available to applicants who have completed a teacher or administrative licensure program or applicants applying for licensure as a school nurse, school social worker, Speech Language Pathologist, school counselor, or school psychologist.
  • Limited Full Time License: Available to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher degree with at least a minor in the area being requested, but have not completed a teacher education program.  Application also requires a district verification form signed by the Minnesota public school district verifying a hardship in locating a fully licensed teacher for the assignment.
  • Limited Intern: Requires district and college/university signature.
  • Two-Year, Short-Call Substitute: Available to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree, but not in education. The school district must verify a hardship in locating licensed teachers.
  • Five-Year, Short-Call Substitute: Available to applicants who have completed a teacher licensure program, but do not wish to apply for a full-time license at this time. Available to related services personnel only after the issuance of a full-time Board of Teaching license.
  • Lifetime Short-Call Substitute: Available to applicants who held an education license and are currently receiving retirement annuities.  Applicants who currently have a Minnesota File Folder Number (FFN) will need to use the paper application (available at Licensure Forms, Verification of Teacher Retirement for a Lifetime Short-Call Substitute License).  If you have never had a Minnesota FFN, you must apply using the system online for a “Lifetime Short-Call Substitute License.”

Apply for a License 
Initial Licensure Application, Out-of-State Licensure Application, Adding a Field or Endorsement

Renew a License 
Continuing Education, Licensure Renewal

Applicants Trained Out-of-State

Licensure via Portfolio

Licensure Testing Information

Special Education Licensure

Rules: 8710

Statutes: 122A.09


See Licensure Forms


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 - $93.45

Online renewals - $58.70 

Lifetime Qualified Short-Call Substitute Teaching License - $57

Minnesota Nonrenewable Teaching License - $57

Fee for a first-time paper application - $91.75

Fee for an application for an addition to a MN teaching license application - $57

Period of Issuance:

Varies depending upon the type of license.

Length of Determination: Contact the Department.
Other Info:
Activity: Educators
Teachers / Teaching
License Detail URL:

Board of Teaching

Becoming a MN Educator


Educator License Lookup

Online Licensing System

Minnesota Department of Education

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