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.
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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.
Professional Development Workshop
Middle and high school teams are invited to participate in a free, half-day workshop focused on the Planning for Student's Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment: Personal Learning Plans legislation. The law requires students to have a Personal Learning Plan no later than grade 9. Hear from several schools about strategies they are using. Join us Sept. 15 in Roseville; Sept. 18 in Rochester or Oct. 13 in Arden Hills.