In order to become a teacher in Minnesota, there are some general requirements that need to be met regardless of the level of education being taught. Minnesota requires that teachers earn at least a bachelor's degree in addition to completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program. Potential teachers are also required to get a passing score on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE), complete a Human Relations Program, pass a criminal background check and have their fingerprints taken.
Areas of Specialization
Potential educators can choose to study a focus or specialty depending on their area of interest. Students also need to determine what level of education best suits their interests and talents. Educators teaching at the grade school level will need a different certification than high school teachers. Additionally, special education teachers need specific training and certification. Individuals who need help determining what specialty to focus on should visit the Minnesota Department of Education for more information.
Minnesota Teacher Licensing Requirements
Becoming a teacher in Minnesota is a multistep process that takes several years to complete. In order to become a teacher in the state, students must earn their high school diploma and complete postsecondary education resulting in a bachelor's degree. Potential educators then need to choose a state-approved teacher preparation program where they will gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.
Students who want to teach at the elementary, middle school or high school level may only need to earn a bachelor's degree before earning a teaching certification. Those who want to teach at the college or university level may need to attain a master's or doctoral degree. All teachers in the state of Minnesota must pass the MTLE Basic Skills test, the MTLE Content test for subject area competency and the MTLE Pedagogy test. Other requirements may apply depending on the field of expertise chosen. More information is available on the licensing page of the Minnesota Department of Education website.
Alternate Paths to Teaching in Minnesota
Students can also seek a teaching license by receiving a recommendation for licensure from a Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) approved alternative teacher preparation program. In order to qualify, students must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, pass all of the regularly required skills and assessment tests, pass a subject specific rigorous exam and complete a minimum of 200 instructional hours.
Teachers who have earned a license from out-of-state can apply to receive a one-year temporary license. This license will allow an individual to teach while they work towards passing the MTLE basic skills tests. For more information please visit the alternative pathways to licensure page of the Minnesota Department of Education website.
"Alternative Pathways to Teacher Licensing," Minnesota Department of Education, http://mn.gov/elicense/licenses/licensedetail.jsp?URI=tcm:29-10252&CT_URI=tcm:27-117-32
"Licensing," Minnesota Department of Education, 2012, http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/
"Minnesota Board of Teaching," mn.gov, http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/
"Minnesota Department of Education," education.state.mn.us, http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html