Becoming a teacher requires more than a passion for education. Teachers are entrusted with the care and support of children, making it important for states to establish consistent standards for educators. Understanding the requirements for Minnesota teachers ensures that you will receive the appropriate education and training to become a Minnesota-certified teacher.
The Minnesota Department of Education requires all licensure candidates to complete a bachelor’s or higher degree program from an accredited institution. Although most people complete a degree program in education, graduates of other teaching preparation programs approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching may apply for a teaching certificate.
All applicants for a Minnesota teaching license must successfully pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE). The exams consist of a basic skills test in reading, writing, and mathematics , a general pedagogy test, and a content knowledge test specific to the subject and grade you wish to teach.
You must also pass a criminal background check and submit your fingerprints to receive a teaching certification in Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Board of Teaching, there are seven types of teaching licenses that you can receive. Each differs in its educational or training requirements as well as its duration. Your teaching certification in Minnesota expires on June 30th of the expiration year.
If you plan to teach a subject designated as a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) by the U.S. Department of Education, you might be eligible for student loan deferment or cancellation. The following TSAs have been approved for Minnesota for the 2015-2016 school year:
A full and current list of TSAs for each state is available via the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.
Minnesota participates in a teaching license reciprocity agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). When you apply for a teaching certificate in one state using an existing license from another, the “destination state” is actually recognizing your credentials as verification that you are qualified to teach. You must still meet all requirements before you can teach there.
Fortunately, the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure streamlines this application process and expedites the goal of teaching in your new state. For more information, see Teaching License Reciprocity Explained.
Licensing requirements are subject to change. Please visit your state board of education to check for recent revisions to teaching license requirements.
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