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To become a certified teacher in Minnesota, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015


The Minnesota Department of Education requires the following to apply for teacher certification in the state of Minnesota:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program from an accredited institution
  • Have passing scores on all required MTLE assessments
  • Complete an approved Human Relations program
  • Complete and pass background check and fingerprint clearance

Background Check

Minnesota State law requires that all teaching candidates applying for licensure be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check on both a state and federal level. Fingerprinting must be completed thorugh the fingerprint card supplied by the Minnesota Department of Education. To request a fingerprint card, contact the Minnesota’s Educator Licensing department.

Minnesota Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Minnesota, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Minnesota Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Minnesota is coming soon!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Minnesota, visit our Minnesota Teacher Scholarships page.

Minnesota Required Tests

In order to obtain your certification in the state of Minnesota, all teaching candidates are required to complete and pass a Basic Skills examination, Pedagogy Test and Content Area Test through the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE).

All teaching candidates, regardless of certification area(s), are required to complete and pass the Basic Skills examination in order to qualify for a Minnesota teaching license. The Basic Skills test consists of three sections: Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

*Passing scores from the Praxis I exams, taken prior to September 2010, will also be accepted in lieu of the MTLE Basic Skills Test.


Required Tests

Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)

MTLE Basic Skills Test
Pedagogy: Early Childhood
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Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

MTLE Basic Skills Test
Pedagogy: Elementary
Elementary Education Content Test
Any additional content tests depending on subject certification

Secondary Education (Grades 5-12)

MTLE Basic Skills Test
Pedagogy: Secondary
Any additional content tests depending on subject certification

Minnesota Certification Reciprocity

Minnesota will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Contact the Minnesota Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Minnesota Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Minnesota provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Minnesota has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $54,040
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $50,460
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Minnesota makes 119% of the salary of the average worker in Minnesota
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

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Applying for Certification

State of Minnesota Government Careers
The Minnesota Department of Education lists all job vacancies within the state government’s career database. This website allows applicants to build and upload their resumes, search for available teaching jobs, and apply online. Be sure to select “Education” from the department drop-down menu.

Minnesota Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Minnesota.

Contact Information

      Minnesota Department of Education

      1500 Highway 36 West

      Roseville, Minnesota 55113

      651-582-8691 – Contact

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