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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.

Most popular Minnesota Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Minnesota must pass the required MTLE exams to become a certified teacher.

MTLE Elementary Education: Complete

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MTLE Pedagogy: Elementary (Grades K–6) Subtest 1

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MTLE Mathematics (Grades 5-12)

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MTLE English as a Second Language Subtest I

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Official MTLE English as a Second Language Subtest 1 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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MTLE Essential Academic Skills: Complete

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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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More Minnesota Teacher Certification Resources

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In this article, we will break down the most popular MTEL exams by grade level and give you basic information about each exam.

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Everything You Need to Know About MTLE Scores https://www.240tutoring.com/mtle-prep/everything-you-need-to-know-about-mtle-scores/

We’re here to help answer all your questions about how the MTEL is scored.

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What You MUST Know About the MTLE Exam Cost https://www.240tutoring.com/mtle-prep/what-you-must-know-about-the-mtle-exam-cost/

We’re here to help you better understand the costs of each exam. We’ll also talk about how many times you can retake an MTEL exam and what happens if you fail.

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Your Ultimate Guide to MTLE Registration https://www.240tutoring.com/mtle-prep/your-ultimate-guide-to-mtle-registration/

We’re here to help answer all of your registration questions. We’ll give you step-by-step directions on how to register and how much each MTEL exam costs.

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MTLE – Questions Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/mtle-prep/mtle-questions-quick-guide/

We’ll help you familiarize yourself with how many questions are on the MTEL and what types of questions you’ll see.

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The Ultimate Guide To Prepare for the MTLE https://www.240tutoring.com/mtle-prep/the-ultimate-guide-to-prepare-for-the-mtle/

We’re here to answer all of your questions to help you prepare for your exam.

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Minnesota Teacher Certification FAQs

Do you need a degree to be a substitute teacher in Minnesota?

A short-call substitute licensure candidate must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Minnesota candidates that have completed student teacher through a teacher preparation program, but do not yet have a bachelor’s degree awarded may apply.

Does Minnesota require the Praxis exam?

Minnesota has its own state testing system, so you will not need to take a Praxis exam unless you are from out-of-state.

Can you teach in MN without a degree?

An individual without a bachelor’s degree can teach in CTE and career pathway fields if they meet one of three other criteria aligned to their field: 1) Professional Certification, 2) Associate’s Degree, or 3) 5 Years of Relevant Work Experience.

Are teachers in demand in Minnesota?

Yes. In 2023 nearly 9 of 10 school districts reported being “somewhat significantly” or “very significantly” affected by a teacher shortage (84%) and substitute teacher shortage (89%). These figures are up from 70% and 70% in the 2021 report.

How do I become a paraprofessional in MN?

Paraprofessionals in Minnesota must have:

  • Two years of experience as a paraprofessional in the same district,
  • Passed an exam in reading, writing, and mathematics,
  • Completed a minimum of 60 clock hours of professional training or development, and
  • Evidence in meeting all competencies.

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