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

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

Rochester Community and Technical College

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851 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999
(507) 285-7210

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Saint Cloud State University

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720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
(320) 308-0121

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(507) 457-1600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Southwest Minnesota State University

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1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258-5468
(507) 537-7678

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

St Catherine University

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2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

St Olaf College

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1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
(507) 786-2222

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

The College of Saint Scholastica

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1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811-4199
(218) 723-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

University of Minnesota-Crookston

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2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716-5001
(800) 862-6466

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

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

University of Minnesota-Duluth

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515 Darland Administration Bldg
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 726-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
(612) 625-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

University of Northwestern-St Paul

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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

University of St Thomas

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2115 Summit Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1078
(651) 962-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Walden University

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100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(866) 492-5336

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Winona State University

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175 West Mark Street
Winona, MN 55987-5838
(507) 457-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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