Minnesota - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 

The Board of Teaching approves educator preparation programs.


The board shall implement new systems of teacher preparation program evaluation to assure program effectiveness based on proficiency of graduates in demonstrating attainment of program outcomes. Teacher preparation programs including alternative teacher preparation programs under section 122A.245, among other programs, must include a content-specific, board-approved, performance-based assessments. The Minnesota Department of Education Educator Licensing Division expects all applicants for teaching licensure in the state to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program and hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, you must complete a Human Relations course, which is included in all Minnesota approved teacher preparation programs. Teacher preparation programs attended outside of Minnesota may count if the content of the program is equivalent to that of an approved Minnesota teacher preparation program. If the state in which it is contained recognizes that teacher preparation program for licensure or certification purposes, and if the school is regionally accredited, usually credits will be accepted by the Minnesota Department of Education Educator Licensing Division.

Adopting Authority: 
Independent Board
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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