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Minnesota Teaching License Renewal Requirements

Renewing your teaching license in Minnesota doesn't have to be an ordeal! Find out how to promptly submit your documentation and required exam scores to continue your career as a teacher, and see how continuing education will keep you employed.

Getting a license renewal as a teacher in Minnesota comes with specific requirements dependent on the Tier in which one is getting renewed. All procedures can be handled online through Minnesota's website.

Renewal Requirements for Licensed Teachers in Minnesota

Average Salary for Teachers in Minnesota (2017)* $58,790 (Kindergarten), $63,490 (Elementary), $64,780 (Middle), $65,290 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Elementary or Secondary Education
Testing Requirements MTLE exams may be necessary

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Minnesota Limited Teaching License Renewal

Renewal procedures for Minnesota teaching licenses will vary depending on which tier of license you hold. For Tier 1 license holders, you will need to check to see that you have met the conditions necessary to submit for renewal; for example, this license is typically only renewable three times. Teachers at this level should fill out the online application and submit the processing renewal fee of $58.70. Renewal conditions in this license may include the completion of additional courses and Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLEs). If this is the case, ensure that official transcripts and documentation of passing test scores are included when you submit your renewal application.

Teachers who are under a limited full-time license (Tier 2 and Tier 3) will complete the same application as mentioned above and will need to pay the same online renewal fee of $58.70. Additionally, a District Verification form from Minnesota's website must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and either a designated school charter administrator or the applicant's district superintendent. The link to this form is available upon the completion of the application.

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Minnesota Full Teaching License Renewal

Upon receiving a Tier 4 license, teachers have to align themselves with a Minnesota continuing education committee to keep track of necessary hours clocked for the required credits as a teacher. The affiliate committee should exist in the same school district as the teacher's school of employment. A total of 125 approved clock hours are mandatory for Tier 4 license renewal. Professional development activities count the same as continuing education hours. These hours have to be earned in the five years before license renewal is due, and should be earned in two or more of the categories described in Minnesota legislation. These categories include in-service meetings, curriculum development, coursework at an accredited college or university, and volunteer work in professional organizations.

If necessary, clock hours earned during a renewal period can be transferred from one district to another. One semester of academic credit is equivalent to 24-clock-hour credits, so taking two regular college courses would qualify as your entire requirement. Teachers with a valid, updated Tier 4 license can renew an indefinite number of times. One important qualifier for Tier 4 to remember is not having an evaluation result in an improvement plan.

Additional Resources for Minnesota Teaching License Renewal

If part of your renewal process mandates that you pass certain MTLE tests, you can use Study.com to find out how you should prepare for these exams. Check out some examples of what is available from the list below:


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