Renew a License

Lapsed license and out-of-state renewal information

Lapsed Teaching/Related Services Licenses

If your five-year teaching or related services professional license has lapsed, you have the following options:

• Obtain a five-year short call substitute license, valid to teach no more than 15 consecutive days in a single classroom assignment. When submitting the renewal application, please deselect your licensure fields and select the five-year short-call substitute option.
• Provide evidence that you have completed 125 clock hours of approved continuing education and all mandatory requirements currently in rule earned during the five-year period immediately preceding the application. Your local Minnesota continuing education committee must verify your clock hours. Contact your school district office for information concerning the re-licensure committee. An application should be completed only after the clock hours have been reported by your committee.
• If you have not been employed by a Minnesota school district in the past year, you can submit official transcripts verifying completion of eight (8) semester or twelve (12) quarter credits in education or related to the teaching field earned in the five-year period immediately preceding the application. You are also responsible for any mandatory requirements in effect at the time of renewal.
• An extension for the balance of the school year may be issued if you provide evidence that you have been offered a position in Minnesota contingent upon holding a valid license and you have not been working in a Minnesota school district in the year preceding the extension request. At the end of the extended licensure period, you must meet renewal requirements for the continuing license. This option is available only once during your teaching career.

Is there a penalty if my license expires?

There is no penalty if your license has expired. However, anyone who substitutes or has a teaching or related services position in a Minnesota elementary or secondary public school must hold a valid Minnesota teaching license.

Lapsed Administrative/Supervisory Licenses

If your continuing license has lapsed and you have not been employed as an administrator or supervisor during the year immediately preceding the application for renewal, you have the following options:

• Provide evidence that you have completed 125 clock hours of pre-approved administrative and supervisory continuing education earned during the five-year period immediately preceding your application for renewal.
• If you have not been employed by a Minnesota school district in the past years, you can submit an official transcript verifying college/university credits (1 quarter credit equals 15 clock hours and 1 semester credit equals 20 clock hours) in the five-year period immediately preceding the application for renewal.
• An extension for the balance of the school year may be issued if you provide evidence that you have been offered a position in Minnesota contingent upon holding a valid license. At the end of the extended licensure period, you must meet renewal requirements for the continuing license.
• There is no penalty if your license has expired. However, anyone who serves in an administrative position in a Minnesota elementary, middle or secondary public school must hold a valid Minnesota administrative license.

Out-of-State Renewals

If you have never taught in Minnesota and are currently living outside of the state, you may submit your clock hours directly to the Minnesota Board of Teaching for review. Please read and complete this form, then mail the form and all documents to the address provided. (http://education.state.mn.us/mdeprod/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=40858&dDocName=055560&allowInterrupt=1)

Do not submit your materials until you have completed all renewal requirements (125 clock hours and mandatory requirements) and not before January 1 of the year your license expires. Once the Board has reviewed your materials you will be instructed to submit your online application and fee.

June 27, 2014