How to Become a Teacher in Minnesota

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.

Education Requirements

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.

Required Tests

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.

Helpful Resources

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433-3470
(763) 433-1100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Augsburg College

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2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 330-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Bemidji State University

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1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, MN 56601
(800) 475-2001

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Bethel University

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3900 Bethel Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55112
(651) 638-6400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Capella University

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225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389
(888) 227-3552

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Concordia College at Moorhead

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901 S 8th St
Moorhead, MN 56562
(218) 299-4200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Concordia University-Saint Paul

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1282 Concordia Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104-5494
(651) 641-8278

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Crown College

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8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, MN 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Gustavus Adolphus College

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800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498
(507) 933-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Hamline University

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1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284
(651) 523-2800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Itasca Community College

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1851 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-3397
(218) 322-2300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Martin Luther College

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1995 Luther Ct
New Ulm, MN 56073-3965
(507) 354-8221 Ext: 399

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Metropolitan State University

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700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
(651) 793-1212

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Minnesota State University Moorhead

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1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56563
(218) 477-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Minnesota State University-Mankato

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South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1866

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

North Central University

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910 Elliot Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1391
(612) 343-4400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

North Hennepin Community College

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7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 424-0702

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northwestern College

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3003 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55113-1598
(651) 631-5100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Ridgewater College

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2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
(800) 722-1151

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Riverland Community College

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1900 8th Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912-1473
(507) 433-0600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate
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