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Licensure via Portfolio

Portfolios

Licensure via Portfolio is a non-traditional option for earning a Minnesota teaching license. The portfolio provides an alternative process to assess the knowledge, skills and competencies of individuals seeking a license who may not have completed an approved teacher preparation program in the licensure field being sought.

View the Licensure via Portfolio Handout here. 

Step 1: Eligibility Determination

If you have a Minnesota Tier 3, Tier 4 or 5-year professional license and want to add a field:
  • Minnesota teachers holding a professional Tier 3, Tier 4, or 5-year professional license who want to expand the grade level of their current license or add an additional field to the current license may use the licensure via portfolio process as an alternative pathway to a Tier 3 or Tier 4 license.
  • Review the Licensure Grids for specific content standards to determine ability to demonstrate competency for all standards.
  • Download the Eligibility Form - Additional. Submit to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board along with requested documentation. 
If you would like to apply for an initial Tier 3 license:
  • An applicant must have a minimum of a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree (or Career and Technical Education exception), and one of the following; (1) a year-long mentorship program aligned to board-adopted criteria; or (2) two years of experience teaching as the teacher of record in the licensure area sought, may be able to use the licensure via portfolio process as an alternative pathway to a Tier 3 license.
  • Review the Licensure Grids for specific standards to determine ability to demonstrate competency for all standards.
  • Download the Eligibility Form-Initial. Submit to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board along with requested documentation. 
  • After the documents are reviewed by the PELSB committee, applicants are notified if they are eligible to submit a portfolio, and if they are they will receive instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the portfolio.
After the documents are reviewed by the PELSB committee, applicants are notified if they are eligible to submit a portfolio, and if they are they will receive instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the portfolio.
 

Step 2: Portfolio Evaluation

  • The evaluation of your portfolio will be completed 90 days after the submission of your portfolio and review fee. Evaluation review of portfolios is performed by external content experts.  Initial licensure applicants will have their Standards of Effective Practice portfolio reviewed by a panel.
  • The portfolio fee is $300 for the first portfolio submitted for review and a $200 fee for any portfolio submitted subsequently.
  • Portfolio Review Fees are nonrefundable.
 

Step 3: Testing Requirement

In order for the application to be complete, you must pass all required testing. Please refer to the testing requirements for information about the required testing.
 

Step 4: Final Recommendation

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board provides recommendation for approval or denial of the submitted portfolio.
 
  • Approved: You will be recommended for licensure and may submit an application for a Minnesota Teaching License. Application fees will apply.
  • Not Approved: You may resubmit your portfolio one time to provide further competency in areas identified as deficient in the evaluation. Mailing expenses will be billed to the applicant.
 
Note: The above process is subject to change.
 
If you have questions contact portfolio.PELSB@state.mn.us
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