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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.”

Rules: 8710

Statutes: 122A.09


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

Application information and forms are also available on the MDE 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.


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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