Types of Licenses Issued and the Issuing Agency including Special Permissions defines the types of licenses and permissions available as well as general requirement
Tiered Licensure: On July 1, 2018, statute requires that all out-of-state teachers pass board-adopted content and pedagogy exams prior to receiving a Tier 3 license. An out-of-state teacher may apply for a Tier 2 license prior to passing exams if they are offered a position by a district.
A teacher who completes a teacher preparation outside of Minnesota can receive a Tier 3 license if the preparation program had field-specific student teaching equivalent to Minnesota requirements of 12 weeks for initial licensure and passing content and pedagogy exams.
A teacher who is has a professional license from another state can receive a Tier 3 license if the license is “in good standing” and the teacher has two years of teaching experience.
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 have not completed an approved teacher preparation program in the licensure field being sought. Candidates who have started or enrolled in a teacher preparation program are not eligible for licensure via portfolio.
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board provides recommendation for approval or denial of the submitted portfolio.
Note: The above process is subject to change pending the outcome of new rules pertaining to Licensure via Portfolio.
There are many programs available to support veterans transition to the teaching profession.
Troops to Teachers Program
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. See their website for more information.
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).