Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Minnesota

Become a Teacher in Minnesota

If you are passionate about helping others learn, enrolling in an online teaching certification program at WGU is an excellent way to get started on the pathway to becoming a teacher.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in Minnesota, you must meet all of Minnesota's teacher certification requirements (for those who have attended out-of-state teacher preparation programs), including:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree and a major or the equivalent in the area for which the teacher candidate is applying for certification.
  • Completion of an out-of-state approved and regionally accredited teacher education program that is similar in content and scope to a Minnesota teacher education program and which leads to teacher certification in the home state of the preparing institution. The teacher candidate must receive a recommendation for certification from the teacher education program completed.
  • Background clearance from a required background check.
  • Passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE).
  • Passing scores on all of the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure content and pedagogy exams.
  • Completion of a MN state-approved course in Human Relations or verification of completion of an equivalent course. At the bachelor’s level, WGU coursework covers the equivalent for this Human Relations requirement. WGU’s Post-Bacc and MAT programs contain all components except the study of American Indian language, history, government, and culture. These students can either complete and submit the chart as well, with the expectation that they will be required to complete an additional course in American Indian studies within a year of completing their WGU program, or they can complete one of the MN-approved human relations courses prior to applying for initial certification.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Minnesota, please check the Minnesota Department of Education website:
Minnesota Department of Education Web site
(651) 582-8691
mde.educator-licensing@state.mn.us

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