Licenses to teach in Minnesota may be granted to applicants who complete approved programs leading to teacher licensure in units approved by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Current rule requires that preparation providers be granted unit approval prior to submitting programs for approval. However, based on MN statute 122A.2451, a school district, charter school, or nonprofit corporation organized under chapter 317A for an education-related purpose may apply for unit and program approval simultaneously.
All providers must show evidence of meeting MN Administrative Rule 8705.1000. Compliance to standards must be shown through narrative, evidence, and on-site interviews. Alternative units may meet some of the standards differently, as outlined in MN statute 122A.2451 (ex. advanced degree requirements for teacher educators). Please direct inquiries to Michelle Sandler, Teacher Education Specialist, at email@example.com for guidance.