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.

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