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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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  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
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  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
  • Has an average class size of 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
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