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Unit Approval

Institutional and Organizational Approval

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board grants licensure to applicants who have completed approved teacher preparation programs. Before Minnesota teacher preparation programs can be approved, the organizations and institutions themselves must be approved as providers. While institutional approval is sought by accredited institutions of higher education, similarly, organizational approval must be sought by non-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that are not regionally accredited.

MN Unit Rule 8705.1000 can be found at the link here.

Alternative Preparation Providers

In 2011 the Minnesota Legislature directed the Board of Teaching to develop a process for approving alternative teacher preparation programs. After conducting targeted research, analysis, and community engagement, the Board adopted the Guidelines for the Approval of Alternative Teacher Preparation Providers on January 13, 2012.  To become a provider, the organization must evidence meeting all Unit Rule 8705.1000.  Evidence is shown through narrative, documents providing tangible evidence, and on-site interviews.  Please direct inquiries to Alex Liuzzi, Interim Executive Director, at

Transfer Pathways

PESLB is working closely with Minnesota State institutions as they prepare to offer licensure programs through the Transfer Pathways process. Most questions related to this process should be directed the Minnesota State system’s office. Questions related to provider and program approval can be directed to .

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