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Tiered Licensure Rules

On Oct. 8, 2018, the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board adopted rules governing tiered teacher licensure. The adopted rules were published in the State Register on Oct. 22, 2018 and went into effect on Oct. 27, 2018.

To see all of PELSB's rules governing teacher licensure, please visit The Office of the Revisor of Statutes website.

For more information about the tiered licensure rulemaking is available on our website's rulemaking page.


The omnibus education bill created the Minnesota 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 Structure Infographic

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