Minnesota is one of a number of states that constantly revises its preparation programs for teachers. Minnesota achieved a high 90% success rate to put every highly qualified Minnesota certified teacher in a classroom by requiring educators to have a successful academic experience. Qualification begins at a university or a college with an academic degree in either education, or any other degree that makes up the core instructional subjects in Minnesota’s classrooms, under the auspices of a teacher preparation program.
Individuals wishing to teach in Minnesota’s public K-12 schools must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
Minnesota Teaching Certification
Minnesota teaching certification is referred to as licensure. The Minnesota Department of Education’s Licensing Division oversees the licensing of all educators working in Minnesota public K-12 schools.
Candidates for Minnesota licensure are required to take the appropriate Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination(s) (MTLE). As of September 1, 2010, all candidates must take the MTLE tests. Candidates for a first-time Minnesota classroom teaching license must pass the MTLE Basic Skills Test, a test of general pedagogy, and a test of content knowledge for the specific licensure field.
State Certification Reciprocity
Out-of-state candidates applying for a Minnesota initial teaching license who have completed an approved program in another state leading to teaching licensure must complete and pass the Minnesota Basic Skills Test, a pedagogy test, and content knowledge subtexts specific to the requested licensing field in order to receive a teaching license. More information for out-of-state candidates for teaching licensure is available on the Minnesota Department of Education website.