The State of Minnesota has a 4-tiered teacher certification system. Tier 1 and Tier 2 are entry-level licenses without continuing contract rights. In order to obtain a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 license, an individual must first have a job offer from a public-school district (including charter schools). Individuals holding a Tier 1 or Tier 2 license are limited to teaching in the district that supported the Tier 1 or Tier 2 license application. Tier 1 license holders are required to have a bachelor’s degree; it is valid for one year and can be renewed up to three times. Tier 2 license holders either have a master’s degree in content area, or have a BA degree and are currently enrolled in a teacher preparatory program; Tier 2 licenses are valid for two years and can be renewed up to three times. Passing the required content examinations together with three years of teacher experience at Tier 2 or completing a teacher preparation program qualifies the candidate to apply for a Tier 3 license (out-of-state standard license holders and out-of-state teacher program graduates qualify for Tier 3 license as well). The Tier 3 license is specific to content, and does not require a district’s proof of employment. The Tier 3 license is valid for three years and can be renewed indefinitely. After completing all of the requirements of a Tier 3 license, eligible candidates can apply for Tier 4. The Tier 4 license is valid for 5 years and can be renewed indefinitely. You can find a helpful infographic about the Minnesota tiered licensure system and the basic requirements here. For additional information about certification, please, consult the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.
This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. This list displays all credentialing programs (including those that are not specifically for world language teaching). The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of Minnesota.