Teacher Licensure

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Teacher Licensure Administrative Licensure

Teacher Licensure

Minnesota uses a Tiered Licensure system, as of July 1, 2018. The Tiered system takes into account more factors than before. For a complete outline of requirements for each of the 4 tiers, please see the info-graphic provided by Education Minnesota.

Which license is best for me?

Students working toward preparation program completion and have a job offer

Tier 2:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • In progress of completing an SCSU Professional Education Program, bachelor's or master's level
  • Job offer from a school district who will apply jointly with you for your Tier 2 license
  • License is good for two years and can be renewed up to three times
    • To renew, you must be making meaningful progress toward degree completion, if program is not complete
    • If your program is complete but you have not been able to pass your MTLE Pedagogy and/or Content exams, you may renew as well

You will be able to find the application for a Tier 2 license on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website:

First Time License Applicants: https://public.education.mn.gov/CELApplication/

Current License Holders: https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/additional-license/

Teaching candidates who have NOT passed all required MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams

Tier 2:
  • Completed St. Cloud State Professional Education Program, including a Bachelor’s degree
  • Job offer from a school district who will apply jointly with you for your Tier 2 license
  • License is good for two years and can be renewed up to three times
  • This is the best option available to candidates who have not passed all MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams (Basic Skills is not included in this requirement). However, teacher candidates can apply for a short call sub license as you do not need a job offer to apply for that license.

If you have NOT passed all of the required MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams you will need a job offer with a school district in order to apply for a  Tier 2 license. You may do so using the application for Tier 2 is available on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website:

First Time License Applicants: https://public.education.mn.gov/CELApplication/

Current License Holders: https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/additional-license/

Teaching candidates who have passed all of the required MTLE Pedagogy and MTLE Content exams

Tier 3:
  • Completed St. Cloud State Professional Education Program, including a bachelor’s or master's degree
  • Passing scores on MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams
  • Once the candidate has taught in Minnesota for three years (without being put on an improvement plan) and passed the state approved Basic Skills exams, they are eligible to move to Tier 4

If you have passed all of the required Basic Skills, MTLE Pedagogy and MTLE Content exams you may apply for a Tier 3 license. This license is good for three years and can be renewed indefinitely. You will be able to find the application for a Tier 3 license on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website:

First Time License Applicants: https://public.education.mn.gov/CELApplication/

Current License Holders: https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/additional-license/

Teachers with three or more years of teaching experience in Minnesota

Tier 4:
  • Completed St. Cloud State Professional Education Program, including a bachelor’s or master's degree
  • Passing scores on the NES Academic Skills exam (Reading, Writing & Math) as well as coordinating MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams
  • Currently hold a Tier 4 license or have three or more years of teaching experience in Minnesota
  • Most recent summative evaluation must not have resulted in an improvement plan
This license is good for five years and can be renewed indefinitely by following Minnesota’s continuing education process. You will be able to find the application for a Tier 4 license on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website.

Teacher candidates and current students looking to apply for licensure out of state

Programs at St. Cloud State University that lead to a professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare a student for potential licensure or certification in Minnesota. While the St. Cloud State programs meet the relevant academic requirements set by the licensure or certification board/agency in Minnesota, they may or may not meet the educational requirements for a licensure or certification in another state. If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification outside Minnesota it is important for you to know the specific requirements of the state in which you intend to apply for licensure or certification. If you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure or certification, it is important that you contact the personnel with direct oversight of the academic program you are interested in for licensure and certification requirements.

The following links may be used to explore licensure requirements in other states. St. Cloud State makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, training, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Minnesota, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.

Education Commission of the States - 50-State Comparison

Teacher Certification Degrees - The Teacher Certification Reciprocity Guide

 

To apply for your Teacher License you must have

  1. Your Degree (for those that have completed a preparation program):
    Records and Registration will begin processing applications for graduation at the end of the semester. It will take approximately 2-4 weeks after student teaching grades are posted for your degree to be posted. To see if your degree has been posted/awarded go to myHuskyNet  – e-Services – Academic Records – Unofficial Transcripts – Chronological – Get Academic Record. Once your degree has been posted it will show up at the top of the page as “Awarded on:”

    You must apply for graduation before you apply for Teacher Licensure.

  2. Official scores on file with St. Cloud State showing you have passed all of the applicable MTLE requirements: Testing Information 

Once you've verified the above items you can apply for your license. 

additional license Application Process

initial license Application Process

Updated: 3/21

 

 


 

 

Administrative Licensure

Instructions for Application for an Administrative License

Note: The directions outlined below are for candidates already holding a Minnesota teaching license. 

IMPORTANT: The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) requires a single packet submission for a license application. Therefore, send all documents to the SCSU Office of Records and Registration. Your application documents will be forwarded to the PELSB after verification. Any partial or incomplete submission will be returned to the applicant.

Applying for Licensure:

  1. Download and complete the Application for a Minnesota Administrative License
    • Use the directions outlined on pages 1-3 of the document
    • Note that St. Cloud State University will complete section 6 of the application

  2. Send the items below to  St. Cloud State University:
    • Completed application
    • Personal check, money order, or cashier’s check for $57.00 made payable to “PELSB”
    • If you have a master's degree from a different university, please submit an official transcript along with your application packet
    • Original letter from your St. Cloud State Field Experience Supervision the Department of Educational Leadership verifying completion of the program(s) for which you are applying
    • If applying via pathway, please include the original letter noting you have met all requirements
  3. St. Cloud State University will submit your completed application packet to PELSB
Send your application packet to:

Office of Records and Registration
ATTN: Teacher Licensure
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

If you have any questions regarding the processing of your administrative license, please contact 320-308-2111 or registrar@stcloudstate.edu.

Updated: 1/2021