Prerequisite Coursework in Minnesota
All states require that prospective teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification. Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements. Minnesota does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or Minnesota Department of Education for more information.
Minnesota Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher certification programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of institutions offering education preparation programs can be found on the Minnesota Board of Teaching’s teacher preparation page.
Required Tests for Minnesota
Most states require tests to show competency in basic skills as well as in the desired subject area. Minnesota requires the NES Essential Academic Skills Test, the MTLE content knowledge test for subject area competency and the MTLE pedagogy test.
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Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Minnesota teaching credential you will have to complete the required amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. The teaching credential issued to beginning teachers who have completed an accredited teacher preparation program is the Tier 1 license, which can be renewed 3 times, each for a 1 year period. Learn more about earning your teaching credential on the Minnesota Department of Education’s licensing page.
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