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To become a certified teacher in Minnesota, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a Minnesota teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Minnesota Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers have at least 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.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. 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 scholarship information exclusive to the state of Minnesota, visit our Minnesota Teacher Scholarships page.
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. In Minnesota, those seeking to teach by means of an alternative route to certification can pursue Licensure via Portfolio, a non-traditional option for earning a Minnesota teaching license. For more information on alternative routes to education, visit the Minnesota Department of Education.
In order to obtain your certification in Minnesota, all teaching candidates are required to complete and pass the Minnesota (NES) Essential Academic Skills basic skills test, a pedagogy test, and a 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.
Minnesota Required Tests
Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)
(EAS) Basic Skills Test Pedagogy: Early Childhood Early Childhood Education Content Test/p>
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
(EAS) Basic Skills Test Pedagogy: Elementary Elementary Education Content Test Any additional content tests depending on subject certification
Secondary Education (Grades 5-12)
EAS Basic Skills Test Pedagogy: Secondary Any additional content tests depending on subject certification
Complete and pass background check and fingerprint clearance
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 through a the fingerprint card supplied by the MDE. Minnesota Department of Education. To request a fingerprint card, contact the Minnesota’s Educator Licensing Department.
Requirements for teacher licensure in Minnesota include passing a series of exams to demonstrate competency in reading, writing, math, pedagogy and licensure field-specific content. Individuals who are certified in a state other than Minnesota can learn more about certification reciprocity through the Minnesota Board of Teaching or see CertificationMap.com’sinterstate reciprocity disclaimer.