College of Education and Learning Design

Teaching Licensure

Applying for Teaching Licensure in Minnesota

All licensing for educators is managed through the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). St. Cloud State makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification is current; however, requirements may change year to year. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, and/or additional training. 
Kyle Dirkes

Kyle Dirkes

  • Assistant Registrar, Office of Records and Registration

How to Apply for Your Teaching License

Whether youre seeking your first license or returning to pursue a degree in higher education, St. Cloud State University urges you to apply for your Teacher Licensure as soon as you complete the program and additional requirements. After you apply with PELSB, the Office of Records and Registration will verify your program completion, and the College of Education and Learning Design will recommend you for licensure 

First Time License Applicants Without File Folder Number

For Those Seeking License During Program Enrollment

License Applicants with Existing File Folder Number

Administrative License Applicants

Choosing the License Tier That's Best for You

Minnesota uses a tiered licensure system. Please see the PELSB Website to learn about the specific requirements for each tier.  

For Students Who Are Working Toward Preparation Program Completion and Have a Job Offer

For Teachers With 3+ Years of Experience as the Teacher of Record

For Teacher Candidates and Current Students Seeking Out-Of-State Licensure

Important to Note...

Standards for teaching licensure change periodically and although you may qualify for a Minnesota Teaching License today, additional course work, testing**, or other requirements may be required to fulfill the required teaching licensure standards in the future. St. Cloud State University encourages teacher candidates to apply for licensure upon successful completion of a preparation program. 

**As of August 1, 2023 the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) is no longer required for candidates seeking licensure by preparation program completion. Please reach out with questions. 

Questions regarding the licensing process, or requests for verification of program completion, may be directed to Records and Registration:

Phone: (320) 308-2111