Teacher Licensure

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Teacher Licensure Administrative Licensure

Teacher Licensure

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

Which license do I qualify for?

New teachers who have NOT passed all of the required MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams

Tier 2:
  • Completed SCSU 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 three times
  • This is the only option available to candidates who have not passed all MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams (Basic Skills is not included in this requirement)

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 paper application for Tier 2 is available on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website:

https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/apply/

New teachers who have passed all of the required Basic Skills, MTLE Pedagogy and MTLE Content exams

Tier 3:
  • Completed SCSU Professional Education Program, including a Bachelor’s degree
  • Passing scores on MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams
  • License is good for three years and can be renewed indefinitely
  • 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, the highest possible tier

If you have passed all of the required Basic Skills, MTLE Pedagogy and MTLE Content exams you may apply for a Tier 3 license. You may do so using the paper application for Tiers 3 and 4 available on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website:

https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/apply/

Teachers with three years of teaching experience in Minnesota

Tier 4:
  • Completed SCSU Professional Education Program, including a Bachelor’s degree
  • Passing scores on the MN Basic Skills (Reading, Writing & Math) and MTLE Pedagogy and Content exams
  • Three years of teaching experience in Minnesota
  • Most recent summative evaluation must not have resulted in an improvement plan
  • License is good for five years and can be renewed indefinitely by following MN’s continuing education process

For assistance in determining which Tier you qualify for, please see the info-graphic provided by Education Minnesota. More information about requirements and the application process is available on the first few pages of each application.

To apply for your Teacher License you must have

  1. Your Degree:
    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 showing you have passed all of the applicable MTLE exams:
    Testing Information (pdf)

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

Application Process

Updated: 1/19

 

 


 

 

Adminsitrative Licensensure

Instructions for Application for an Administrative License

Note: The directions outlined below are for candidates already holding a valid Minnesota teaching license. If this is your first time full professional teaching license in Minnesota, please refer to the instructions for a full professional 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.

Before applying for your license, please do the following: 

  1. Submit a completed application and $10 fee for the Sixth-Year Graduate Certificate Completion to the Office of Records and Registration: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/srfs/_files/documents/registration/certificate-completion-application-graduate.pdf
  2. Verify all grades and your graduate certificate have been recorded on your St. Cloud State University academic record via login to eServices.
  3. Confirm all financial obligations have been resolved at SCSU.

Submit the following items to the St. Cloud State University Office of Records and Registration for institutional endorsement:

  1. Download the Application for an Addition to a Minnesota Education License:
    ( Administrative License Application (.docx) )
    1. Complete sections 1, 2, 3, and 4. Do not complete section 5 - it will be completed by the Certifying Licensure Officer at St. Cloud State University.
    2. In Section 6 – VERIFICATION OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE FOR INITIAL ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSURE – this teaching experience section must be verified by your school district. Section 6 is only for those applying for Superintendent, Principal, and/or Director of Special Education licenses. This section must be documented BEFORE you submit your application to St. Cloud State University.
    3. Complete the CONDUCT REVIEW
  1. Include these items in application packet:
    1. Completed application.
    2. A copy of your Minnesota teaching license.
    3. Personal check, money order, or cashier’s check for $57.00 made payable to “PELSB”.
    4. Personal check, money order, or cashier’s check for $10.00 made payable to “St. Cloud State University” for an official SCSU transcript. The License Certifying Officer will request the official transcript to verify certificate completion and/or grades recorded.
    5. If you have a master's degree from a different university, please submit an official transcript along with your application packet. 
    6. Original letter from your SCSU Field Experience Supervisorin the Department of Educational Leadership verifying completion of the program for which you are applying.  

Please send all materials for licensure to:

Office of Records and Registration, AS 118
St. Cloud State University
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: 1/19