Mission: Ensuring all Minnesota students have high quality educators in their schools
Vision: To ensure equitable education practices through high licensure standards, quality education programs, and stakeholder engagement
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) was created by the state legislature in 2017, when the legislature combined the work of the Board of Teaching (BOT) and the Minnesota Department of Education’s Licensing Division.
In Minnesota, a teacher must hold a license to teach in a public school or a charter school. While there are multiple pathways to obtain a professional license in Minnesota, the majority to teachers pursue licensure by completing a teacher preparation program.
To offer a teacher preparation program to candidates seeking teacher licensure in Minnesota, a provider must obtain “unit approval.” The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is responsible for approving and overseeing teacher preparation providers in Minnesota. This oversight involves monitoring teacher preparation providers of their ability to meet “unit standards.”