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TeacherPortal easy road to becoming a certified teacher in the state of MN.

Traditional Approach for a Minnesota Teaching Certificate

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or Masters program from an accredited college
  2. Teacher Prep that provides you with some real-live classroom experience. You'll need some field experience before you can gain a cert - this can come in the form of student teaching.
  3. Pass the Praxis I or the CAAP Exam. Also you must complete the Praxis II (subject area)
  4. Finish the Minnesota Human Relations Program
  5. Pass a background check by the FBI. Also call (651) 582-8691 to request Fingerprint cards.
  6. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
      • Have the certification officer from your Teacher Preparation Institution complete one of the of the sections from your application
    • Processing fee $57 payable to : The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education
    • $31 cashier’s check for Fingerprint processing payable to Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Minnesota Department of Education
      Educator Licensing and Teacher Quality
      1500 Highway 36 West
      Roseville, MN 55113-4266
      (651) 582-8691
  7. Do you want to renew your Minnesota Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Minnesota Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Minnesota Teaching Certification to teach in Minnesota for 1 year before you complete the teacher education program.  

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Pass the Praxis I or the CAAP Exam. Also you must complete the Praxis II (subject area)
  3. Be hired by the Minnesota school district
  4. Be involved in the Minnesota Resident Mentorship Team
  5. Final review will determine whether or not you’ll be granted the full certification

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