Important Announcement Regarding Testing for Teacher Licensure
The Minnesota State Legislature passed a bill that included a major change to teacher licensure requirements. As of August 1, 2023, the Minnesota Teacher Licensing Exams (MTLE) Content, Pedagogy, and Basic Skills Exams will no longer be required for earning a Minnesota professional teaching license for those who successfully completed a PELSB-approved licensure program, including student teaching or practicum. (St. Olaf College falls into this category.) More information about testing requirements can be found on the PELSB website.
Minnesota officially switched to the new Tiered Licensure system on July 1, 2018. This new system provides for four tiers of licenses, please see this infographic provided by Education Minnesota. Completers of St. Olaf’s Teacher Education program will be eligible for a Tier 3 license if they:
- Complete St. Olaf’s Teacher Education program, including successful student teaching and meeting all other requirements
This Tier 3 is good for three years and can be renewed indefinitely. Once a candidate has taught in Minnesota for three years, they are eligible to move to Tier 4, the highest possible tier.