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Transition Updates


The position for Executive Director of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board is reopened starting February 26 and is now available for applications on the State’s Career website. Qualified applicants interested in the position should submit their applications online through the State’s Career website to the posting # 19072.  Send inquiries to Debby Odell, PELSB, or Nella Austin, Department of Administration. See our Executive Director Hiring Page for additional information.

PELSB is hiring a Communications Specialist.  Interested individuals individuals should apply online through the State’s Career website to the posting # 20554.  The posting dates are 2/23/2018-3/15/2018.


The omnibus education bill created the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to oversee and implement teacher licensing for the state of Minnesota. Since January 1, 2018, the responsibilities carried out by the Minnesota Department of Education Licensing Division and the Board of Teaching were consolidated into PELSB. PELSB is responsible for (1) developing the teacher’s code of ethics; (2) adopting rules to license public school teachers; (3) adopting rules for and approving teacher preparation programs; (4) issuing or denying license applications (5) suspending, revoking, or denying a license based on qualifying grounds; and (6) verification of district and charter school licensure compliance.

The legislation passed creating PELSB did not change the duties, governance or the licensing structure of the Board of School Administrators (BOSA). BOSA will need to contract with PELSB to process and issue licenses.

Teacher Licensure

Tiered Licensure Statute
Education MN Tiered Licensure Infographic
Tiered Licensure Rulemaking

New contact information:

Main Line: 651.539.4200
Main email:


Rulemaking on teacher licensure is under review by the Governor’s Office. You may submit a comment on the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings Notice of Hearing page.

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