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Minnesota Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Minnesota, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • To qualify for teacher certification in Minnesota, applicants must complete a BA degree.
  • You do not need to complete a Minnesota-approved teacher preparation program to qualify for tier one licensure. However, it is one of the options for moving up to tier two and is required for tier four.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Although most teacher education programs include a student teaching experience, that is not a requirement for applying for licensure with the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • The Minnesota teacher licensure process does not require any experience for tier one licensing.

Pass Required Exams

  • There is no test required for tier one licensure.
  • However, passing scores on state subject area and pedagogy tests are one of the options for meeting tier two licensure requirements and are required for tier three and tier four. Tier four licensing also requires passing scores on a board-approved skills exam.

Apply for Certification

  • If you are a first-time applicant using the electronic system, you will need to select “Minnesota Education License” and check whether you are applying for a teaching license or a career and technical education career pathways license. Then check the appropriate tier.
  • The whole application process takes just a few minutes, and licensure requests are processed within 30 days. If you are a new applicant, the 30-day processing period starts after your background check is completed.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

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Alternative Routes to Minnesota Teacher Certification

For all subjects except career and technical education and career pathways, teacher certification in Minnesota requires a bachelor of arts (BA) degree. Those who will be teaching career and technical education or career pathways must have either an associate of arts (AA) degree, professional certification, or five years of relevant work experience for tier one licensure.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • University of St. Thomas
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Concordia University–St. Paul
  • Bethel University
  • Capella University
  • Hamline University
  • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota–Duluth
  • Walden University

Minnesota Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Minneapolis, MN is $61,721 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $51,536 and $75,286.

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