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 meet the criteria and 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 has passed Minnesota content and pedagogy exams. A teacher who has a professional license from another state can receive a Tier 3 license if the license is “in good standing," the teacher has two years of teaching experience, and has passed Minnesota content and pedagogy exams.
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.
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.
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).
You will need to print out and complete the attached form above. Include the required verification documents listed on the form with the returned name change authorization form to the address below:
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)
1500 Hwy 36 W Roseville MN 55113