If you hold a valid, five-year Minnesota teaching license in an area other than special education (e.g., social studies, language arts, elementary education), you will need to meet the following requirements to be a fully licensed special education teacher.
Use the form below to track your progress and keep moving forward!
Complete a Board of Teaching-approved teacher licensure program (probably at the graduate level). View State-Approved Special Education Teacher Licensure Programs.
Take and pass the Minnesota Teacher License Examinations (MTLE) Special Education Content Tests (you don’t need to take the Pedagogy Tests again).
Complete an Application to Add a Field to an Existing Minnesota License. Return to MDE Licensing with the $62.70 fee.
Gifted and Talented Education Symposium – June 9-12
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium—a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Hormel Foundation and Austin School District. Daily sessions address best practices on the assessment of students for services, program models, social and emotional needs, instructional strategies, under-represented populations, under-achievement, integration of STEM and technology as well as specific content in the areas of science, mathematics, language arts and social studies.