The Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) is a required assessment for teachers seeking the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) license or the American Sign Language (ASL) license. Additionally, the SLPI is an assessment for teachers holding an Oral/Aural Deaf Education license who are seeking the full DHH license.
More information about the SLPI and the registration process for an assessment is available on the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf website.
If you have obtained a regionally-accredited bachelor's degree from a state-approved teacher preparation program with field-specific student teaching equivalent to requirements of Minnesota programs, you may qualify for a Minnesota teacher license under the tiered licensure structure.
You may qualify for a Tier 3 license if:
An out-of-state teacher may apply for a Tier 2 license prior to passing the MTLE content and pedagogy exams if they have met all Tier 2 licensure requirements and have been offered a position by a Minnesota public school district or charter school.
If you trained as a teacher outside the United States or its territories, you may be eligible for a license to teach in Minnesota. Prior to starting the application for licensure, you will need to submit materials, including transcripts of credits, pattern of training, and degrees awarded, to a PELSB-approved evaluation service.
More information about approved evaluation services and the process to becoming a licensed Minnesota teacher can be in found in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document.
Please note: A job offer is required to qualify for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 license.
American Sign Language Proficiency Assessment for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teaching License
Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) must provide evidence of proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) for their first DHH teaching license. Their ASL skill level is measured by the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI). The rating from the SLPI must be Intermediate Plus or higher to receive the DHH license. If the SLPI rating is Survival to Intermediate level, the teacher is eligible for an Oral/Aural Deaf Education license. Teacher candidates needing to take the SLPI should contact the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf.
The goal of the Troops to Teachers Program (TTT) is to attract qualified military personnel to enter teaching as a second career. Information about applying is available from the Proud to Serve Again website. This national organization manages the program; you do not need to contact the Minnesota Department of Education for this program.
Financial assistance may be provided to eligible military personnel as stipends to help pay for teacher training costs or as bonuses. In order to meet a key goal of the program, participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve a high number of students from low-income families, once they are licensed.
The Troops to Teachers Program (TTT) provides positive role models for our public school students; information, financial assistance, counseling and employment referral through a network of state and regional offices. These offices help match school district openings with competent and experienced TTT applicants. Visit the Proud to Serve Again website to learn more and apply.
Contact: 888-LINKVET for information on reimbursement for fees related to licensure.
The Board of School Administrators oversees licensure of Principals, Superintendents, Directors of Special Education, and Directors of Community Education. Visit their website for more information.
Voluntary Paraprofessional Credential, MN Rule 8710.9000
For any school that is not a Title I program, the school district may establish its own qualification requirements for paraprofessionals.
After hiring any paraprofessional, the school district must provide the initial training required in Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.363, subdivision 3. For a paraprofessional who provides direct support to students with disabilities, the district must provide additional training specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.08, subpart (c).
According to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 124D.13, subdivision 11, effective May 2008, a school board must employ licensed teachers for its Early Childhood Family Education programs. Below are lists of applicable licenses. Please note that some licenses (old rule) that are no longer available as initial licenses can be renewed by persons already holding those licenses.
To teach parents in an ECFE program one of the following licenses is required:
To teach young children in an ECFE program one of the following licenses is required:
When a school district is unable to obtain a fully licensed teacher to teach children and/or parents in Early Childhood Family Education programs, the school district may apply for a variance. Applications for all special permissions may be received and granted in accordance with the rules and statutes governing these permissions.