Minnesota

Minnesota has a few different ways for teachers to become licensed. You can follow a traditional track with education from a four-year college in the state, or you can bring your credentials from elsewhere.

If you’re following the traditional track, you will need to complete an approved teacher education program, including student teaching, in the state of Minnesota. You’ll also need to pass specific Praxis I and Praxis II exams. If you’re an out-of-state teacher, find out if you’re from a state that has an interstate agreement with Minnesota. If this is the case, you’ll be granted a first Minnesota professional license. If your state does not have an agreement, you will have to prove that your education comes from an accredited school approved by your state, and that your educational program is equivalent to that of Minnesota’s, including student teaching. If you’re from outside of the US, you’ll need to have your credentials evaluated by the executive director of the Board of Teaching and show that your educational and licensure program can stand up as an equivalent to Minnesota’s requirements. Additionally, if you’re certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, you’ll automatically be granted a temporary limited license until you’ve completed Minnesota’s requirements. Teachers who will be in the fields of agricultural, elementary, industrial, physical, science, and technology education will be required to obtain standard first aid and CPR certifications. All teachers will need to have their fingerprints taken.

Minnesota does not have any exceptionally large school districts, however, you can generally find a number of teaching opportunities in large population areas like Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, and Rochester. Be sure to check out the Minnesota Teacher Recruitment Center for job postings.

There are a number of different requirements for renewal in Minnesota. With a one-year teaching license or limited license, you’ll need to submit verification that you’ve completed coursework or tests as required by your original license agreement. Renewing a two-year license is automatic, and you will be issued a five-year professional license unless you request otherwise. To renew a five-year teaching license, you’ll need to complete 125 clock hours in the five year period before you come up for renewal. Professional development activities and college course work count as clock hours.

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