The Educator Licensing Division oversees the licensing and federal highly qualified verification of all educators and administrators working in Minnesota public schools. The division also provides resources to assist school districts in maintaining compliance with state and federal licensure laws.
2015 Legislative Changes
Changes have been made to licensure requirements and processes due to the passage of the Omnibus E-12 Education bill during the 2015 Special Session. Educator Licensing is working with the Minnesota Board of Teaching to understand the changes and create new procedures to implement the legislation. More detailed information and guidance will be posted as soon as possible. Please subscribe to this page if you would like to be notified via email when more information is available.
Licensing Section Has Been Reorganized
We have made a few changes to the Licensing section of our website. Apply for an Educator License and Renew a License and Licensure Forms information can now be found on individual pages, at left.
We hope these changes make our site easier to navigate so you can quickly find what you need to become or remain a Minnesota educator. We have also added Quick Links to the Apply and Renew pages in the footer of our home page—which carries through to every page on our site!
If you have questions about these changes, please contact us. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
> Online Licensing System. Log into this system to apply for a new license, view your current license, renew, and more. If this is your first time accessing our system, select “Create Account” to get started. Learn more on the Apply for an Educator License or Renew a License pages, at left.
IMPORTANT! Effective July 1, 2015, the application fee has decreased. The first-time online application fee is now $93.45. (Please note this is a non-refundable fee.) Read more about licensing fees.
NEW! If you have had an account but don’t remember your access information, use one of the following options:
Note: Please refer to the Educator License Application Type Definitions below before accessing the online licensing system.
Teacher License Lookup. Search for license information on an individual educator, using their file folder number or first and last name.
July 1, 2014 Licensing Policy Changes
Read about changes to certain licensing policies and procedures effective July 1, 2014. ACT Plus Writing and SAT Exemption for Basic Skills Test updated January 1, 2015.
Educator License Application Type Definitions
Apply for a Minnesota Educator License through the Online Licensing System (see link above). Use the following license type definitions to determine the type of license application to complete.
Teacher Shortage Areas
The U.S. Department of Education has designated Minnesota's teacher shortage areas. View the list. For information on loan deferment, cancellation and forgiveness, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education website.
Kindergarten Endorsement Licensure Option
Individuals holding a valid Minnesota 1-6 elementary education teaching license may add kindergarten by completing an approved kindergarten methods course with practicum experience. Applicants must submit an endorsement application including the college transcript showing satisfactory completion of an approved kindergarten methods course and related fees.