Getting a Minnesota teaching license has many steps, but our licensure team is here to help. This is an overview of the process; each step has links to more information.
Licensure in special education has specific requirements; Special Education M.Ed. students should refer to these guidelines from the Department of Educational Psychology.
Common acronyms in teacher education
Already have a Minnesota teaching license? See our license areas and learn how to apply for an additional license.
You will receive specific instructions from OTE on how to submit your complete application packet to PELSB.
We will review, sign, and send your application packet to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). This usually takes about two weeks, but can take longer during the busy summer season. PELSB typically takes 8-12 weeks to process a license; you can look up your license progress online through PELSB's website.
If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Teacher Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our additional licenses are added to a current five-year, full-time professional Minnesota teaching license. If you want to add a new field or scope to your teaching, an additional license may be the path for you. Common additional licensure paths include, but are not limited to:
Interested in working in educational administration? Our administrative licensure program prepares leaders in the following areas:
Courses are offered throughout the year with evening courses offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters, and day courses offered during summer semester.