The MN tiered licensure system can be very intimidating for those exploring the teaching profession. Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP), in collaboration with PELSB, has created a tool to decrease the complexity of the tiered licensure system. Tiers without Fear enables you to quickly identify what you need to establish or advance your career by selecting your experience and training levels to highlight the best options for you.
Please note: If you have previously applied for licensure with our office and were assigned a file folder number and/or you are adding a licensure field, you are considered an existing license holder. Existing license holders cannot apply online. You must apply using a paper application which can be found using this link.
To verify if you previously applied for licensure with our office, please utilize the license lookup tool.
Within the applications, please note guides to identify which tier matches your qualifications and experiences. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete, which is required for processing.
Under state statute, PELSB is required to issue or deny a license within 30 days after receiving a completed application, which includes all required application materials and a completed background check.
You will need to create a Google account if you do not already have one to submit an initial license application. Do not sign into the Online Licensing System if you currently hold a Minnesota educator license, a current or expired short-call substitute license, or a limited license and want to add a licensure field. Instead, complete the appropriate tiered license application found on mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/additional-license/.
Log-in problems: To clear a CEL error message, you will need to delete your browser history, cache, and cookies. After clearing your browser, please log back into your online licensing account. Please Note: You will need to log in with the email address originally associated with your online licensing account. The system will not recognize an email account unless it was the email address you originally used.
Tiered Licensure and Requirements
The Tiered Licensure Structure Infographic gives a general overview of the requirements for each tier license level. Each tiered application provides additional information about licensure requirements.
PELSB offers a variety of short call substitute licenses based on an individual’s credentials. The short-call substitute teaching license and the Career Pathways/Career and Technical Education (CTE) short-call substitute teaching license are valid for up to three years and can be renewed indefinitely. A lifetime short-call substitute license is granted to retired teachers and is valid for life. The pilot short-call substitute license is valid until June 30, 2025 and is not eligible for renewal at this time.
Short-Call Substitute Teaching License
A short-call substitute is available to individuals who hold either a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in a teacher preparation program and have completed student teaching. Applicants that hold a bachelor’s degree should apply for or renew a three-year short-call substitute teaching license, using the Online Licensing System.
If you are enrolled in a teacher preparation program, completed student teaching and have a final grade posted on your transcripts for student teaching, but do not have the degree awarded, please use the paper Three-Year Short-call Substitute License Application.
The lifetime substitute license is available for retired educators who are receiving a retirement annuity as a result of previous teaching experience. A verification of retirement and collection of an annuity by an authorized retirement official will be required. The verification form is found on the application. To apply, use the Lifetime Short-call Substitute License.
Pilot Short-Call Substitute Teaching License
The pilot short-call substitute license is a joint application between the applicant and the district. A pilot short-call substitute licensure candidate must be provided district training and hold a minimum of an associate’s degree, or a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency and at least one year of work experience as an Educational Support Professional (ESP) or a Paraprofessional in the hiring district.
This short-call substitute pilot license is valid until June 30, 2025. This program does not currently allow for renewals, but may be eligible for renewal in the future after the program has been evaluated.