Minnesota - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 

In order to become a certified teacher in Minnesota, an applicant must earn a passing score on a board-adopted skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics.


The board must require all candidates for teacher licensure to demonstrate a passing score on a board-adopted skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics, as a requirement for initial teacher licensure, except that the board may issue up to four temporary, one-year teaching licenses to an otherwise qualified candidate who has not yet passed the board-adopted skills exam. The board must require colleges and universities offering a board-approved teacher preparation program to provide remedial assistance to persons who did not achieve a qualifying score on the board-adopted skills examination, including those for whom English is a second language. The requirement to pass a board-adopted reading, writing, and mathematics skills examination does not apply to nonnative English speakers, as verified by qualified Minnesota school district personnel or Minnesota higher education faculty, who, after meeting the content and pedagogy requirements under this subdivision, apply for a teaching license to provide direct instruction in their native language or world language instruction under section 120B.022, subdivision 1. The Board of Teaching and the entity administering the content, pedagogy, and skills examinations must allow any individual who produces documentation of a disability in the form of an evaluation, 504 plan, or individual education program (IEP) to receive the same testing accommodations on the content, pedagogy, and skills examinations that the applicant received during their secondary or postsecondary education.

Adopting Authority: 
Standards Board
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
For More Info: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/rules/?id=8710