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Professional Licensure by State - Minnesota

If you have obtained a regionally-accredited bachelor's degree from a state-approved teacher preparation program with field-specific student teaching equivalent to requirements of Minnesota programs, you may qualify for a Minnesota teacher license under the tiered licensure structure. 

You may qualify for a Tier 3 license if: 

  • You take and pass the MTLE content and pedagogy exams for the licensure field recommended by your college/university. You should not submit a formal application for Minnesota licensure until after you receive official passing scores on the MTLE exams. The MTLE website has more information about the exams and the exam reporting schedule. 
  • You meet the additional Tier 3 licensure requirements. 

An out-of-state teacher may apply for a Tier 2 license prior to passing the MTLE content and pedagogy exams if they have met all Tier 2 licensure requirements and have been offered a position by a Minnesota public school district or charter school.

Approval Status

Pima Community College’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program meets the academic requirements for initial certification.

State Website

Minnesota Licensure Website

Contact Information

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
1021 Bandana Blvd. E, Suite 222
St. Paul, MN 55108-5111

Phone: 651-539-4200

Email: [email protected]

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