Renew a Teaching License in MN
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How do I renew a teaching license in MN?
To facilitate the renewal process, the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), a division of the MN Department of Education, oversees teachers, relicensure committees, and school districts concerning license renewal requirements for teachers.
Teachers who want to renew a teaching license must submit for approval and verification to the local continuing education/relicensure committee in the school district where they works or live. According to PELSB, the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, on February 7, 2019: Each school district, through its continuing education committee, is charged with determining the requirements to meet relicensure. The legislation intentionally provides latitude so that districts can determine the requirement based on local goals and needs. Teachers should work through their local continuing education committee for guidance about what is expected and where to obtain the professional development. If a Tier 4 teacher works outside Minnesota, the clock hours and mandatory requirements must be submitted to the PELSB renewal specialist. (Minn. Rule 8710.7100-8710.7200).
A Tier 4 teaching license is valid for five years and expires on June 30 of the expiration year. This license may be renewed after January 1 of the renewal year. In order to renew a Tier 4 license, the licensed teacher must complete 125 approved clock hours, including all mandatory requirements in effect at the time of renewal within the 5 years immediately preceding renewal (3 years for a Tier 3 renewal).
What state requirements does a teacher in Minnesota need to meet for relicensure?
Cultural competency, defined in Minnesota Administrative Rule 8710.0310 , is required of all educators renewing after 2020. Each educator’s district (for Tier 1 and Tier 2 license holders) or re-licensure committee (for Tier 3 and Tier 4 license holders) will verify this renewal requirement has been met. Educators may take any training that meets the criteria.
Teachers, school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and speech language pathologists must show evidence of the License Renewal Conditions.
- Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS)
- Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
- Reading Preparation
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Cultural Competency Training
Some continuing education committees may require an online course in accommodation, modification, adaptation of curriculum materials and strategy for MN teacher renewal.
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How do I contact the MN Department of Education?
Contact the Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville MN 55113
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of February 16th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.