Applications for the renewal of a Minnesota license are submitted through our online licensing system through the Minnesota Department of Education. All licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration. You must provide verification of having met the renewal requirements stated on the expiring license. When renewing a five-year license, submitting your application before your clock hours have been recorded by the local continuing education committee will slow the processing of your renewal.
Begin Your Renewal Application
Once you have completed all renewal requirements, follow these steps to complete your application.
If you have not already done so, set up your user profile required to access the online licensing system. Read the First-Time User Registration Guide on the Minnesota Department of Education website. Your file folder number and the serial number from your most recently issued license will be needed to set up your account. Contact Educator Licensing at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Follow the screen prompts to complete online application.
All applicants are required to fully complete the Conduct Review screens. If you have existing or pending convictions, complete the following information for each instance:
- Convicted of currently charged with
- Level of offense
- Date of offense
- Name of arresting agency
- Court jurisdiction
If you are now or were ever on probation as part of the sentence imposed in this matter, the following information is also needed:If you are now or were ever on probation as part of the sentence imposed in this matter, the following information is also needed:
- Plea and conditions of probation, if any
- Date of release from probation
- If still on probation, name of probation officer
- If still on probation, telephone number of probation officer
- Details of the incident
Print the cover sheet provided at the end of the application for a list of the supplemental information you will be required to submit to our office before processing of your renewal application can begin. Please be sure to include this cover sheet with your materials as it will help us identify the information as yours.
Make your payment using VISA or MasterCard through a secure site at US Bank. You will be required to provide the three-digit security number (be found on the signature strip on the back of the credit card).
Processing of your application will not begin until your online payment has been made and confirmed as processed by US Bank and all materials listed on your checklist have been mailed, delivered to Educator Licensing or emailed (see next section about Teacher Licensure Examinations). The document coversheet would only need to be mailed to MDE if additional documentation is required to process your renewal. It is not necessary to mail in the coversheet if you are renewing a five-year continuing license and your local committee has already reported your professional development hours.
Mandatory Renewal Requirements for the Renewal of Five-Year Licenses
The renewal of five-year teaching/related services licenses requires the completion of 125 hours of professional development that have been approved through the local school district’s continuing education committee. As part of the 125 professional development hours, the Minnesota Legislature, by statute, currently requires ALL teachers to evidence the four areas shown below. Please note that two additional requirements will take effect in 2012; see pages 3-7 for information about these requirements.
Each school district, through its continuing education committee, is charged with determining the requirements to meet this condition. The legislation intentionally provides latitude so that districts can determine the requirement based on local goals and needs. Teachers should work through their local continuing education committee for guidance about what is expected and where to obtain the professional development.
Online professional development opportunities may be used to meet the requirements, as long as they meet the rule requirements. Teachers should work through their local continuing education committee for guidance about what is expected and where to obtain the professional development.
Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies
Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their professional development activities which address positive behavioral intervention strategies. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09 (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/122A/09.html).
Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials and Instruction
Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their professional development activities which address accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards (i.e., differentiated instruction). View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.09).
Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2005, and after, applicants must also include in their professional development activities which provide an understanding of key warning signs for early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09, 122A.18 amended by Special Session, Chapter 9, Article 2, Section 7 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.09).
Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2004, and after, applicants must also include in their professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation, consistent with Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.06, Subdivision 4.
View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.06, Subdivision 4 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.06).
View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09, Subdivision 4 (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/122A/09.html).
Note: the following licensure fields are exempt from evidencing the reading preparation renewal requirement: school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audiovisual directors and coordinators, recreation personnel.
Teachers must have in-service preparation in scientifically-based reading instruction, which the law identifies as: “instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics and other word-recognition skills, and guided oral reading for beginning readers, as well as extensive silent reading, vocabulary instruction, instruction in comprehension, and instruction that fosters understanding and higher-order thinking for readers of all ages and proficiency levels.” View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.06, Subdivision 4 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.06).
Professional development activities that will meet this requirement include: workshops, conferences and on-site staff development and/or university courses that reflect comprehensive, scientifically-based research in reading instruction, and which may include one or more of the following:
- Instruction and practice in phonemic awareness
- Phonics and other word-recognition skills
- Guided oral reading for beginning readers
- Vocabulary instruction
- Instruction in fostering understanding and higher-order thinking for readers of all ages and proficiency levels
- Reading in the content areas
- Specific reading strategies to impact comprehension
- Current research and best practices in reading research and instruction
The amount of “reading” clock hours required of teachers will vary depending upon the teaching assignment. Reading instruction is a responsibility shared by all teachers regardless of level or content. However, the need may be greater for classroom and content area teachers who use a vast amount of text in their instructional delivery. Legislation intentionally provides latitude in this matter to allow local decision-making. District-level collaboration in deciding the needs and goals of district employees in the area of reading instruction may include input from administration and staff, as well as input from reading specialists at the state and local level. Districts are charged with determining the requirements which will best support quality reading instructional practices and successfully impact student reading achievement within their district.
Effective for renewal of professional licenses that expire on June 30, 2012, and any renewals processed after June 30, 2012 (including lapsed licenses with an earlier expiration date), applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities that integrate technology effectively with student learning to increase engagement and student achievement.
Note: Licensed school personnel who do not provide direct instruction to students, including, at least, counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and school social workers are exempt from this requirement.
Reflective Statement of Professional Accomplishment and Assessment of Professional Growth
Beginning July 1, 2012, all individuals who were employed as a teacher during any part of the five-year period immediately preceding the license renewal must include “evidence of work that demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices. The applicant must include a reflective statement of professional accomplishment and the applicant’s own assessment of professional growth …” in their license renewal materials. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.18, Subdivision 4b (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.18).
Who must meet this requirement?
- Full-time classroom teachers
- Long-term substitute teachers, who have taught more than 15 consecutive days in a teaching assignment during any part of the five-year period.
Who is exempt from meeting this requirement?
- Classroom teachers who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
- Licensed school administrators, including principals, who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
- Licensed related services personnel (school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, school nurses).
A written statement prepared by the teacher that demonstrates reflection on his or her professional accomplishment and includes a self-assessment of his or her professional growth using one of the following types of evidence:
- Support for student learning
- Use of best practices techniques and their applications to student learning
- Collaborative work with colleagues that includes examples of collegiality (i.e., attested-to committee work, collaborative staff development programs, professional learning community work)
- Continual professional development (i.e., job-embedded or other ongoing formal professional learning, including coursework)
Note: Other similar professional development efforts may be used by teachers who were employed for only a portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding the license renewal (i.e., substitute teachers or teachers who taught for only one of the five years in the renewal period).
How will the requirement be evaluated?
The relicensure committee is not expected to evaluate the merits of the reflective statement or self- assessment. The committee must verify that a reflective statement has been submitted and that the statement meets the statutory language as described above. A teacher may submit additional materials (ie: bulleted lists of experiences or certificates of completion) as supplementary, but there must be a written narrative submitted to the committee. There is no minimum or maximum length for the reflective statement as long as the statutory requirements are met.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Alternative continuing relicensure options for teachers who are accepted into and complete the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process, and offer additional continuing relicensure options for teachers who earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Continuing relicensure requirements for teachers who do not maintain National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification are those the board prescribes, consistent with this section.
Can clock hours be assigned for meeting the reflective practice requirement?
Yes. On November 13, 2009, the Board of Teaching authorized a resolution that will allow teachers to earn up to five clock hours per renewal period for meeting the reflective practice requirement.
Note: Local committees may continue to award additional clock hours for related activities that exceed the statutory requirement.
How is “job-embedded professional development” defined?
The law specifies four ways that teachers can meet this requirement:
- Support for student learning
- Use of best practices techniques and their applications to student learning,
- Collaborative work with colleagues that includes examples of collegiality such as attested-to committee work, collaborative staff development programs and professional learning community work, or
- Continual professional development that may include: (i) job-embedded or other ongoing formal professional learning, or (ii) for teachers employed for only part of the renewal period of their expiring license, other similar professional development efforts made during the relicensure period.
In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education’s School Improvement Division, the Board of Teaching would like to provide the guidance found on page two for the interpretation of “job- embedded professional development.” Please feel free to share this guidance with your colleagues.
Guidance: Job-Embedded Professional Development
“Job-embedded [professional] development requires that most of an educator’s professional learning occurs during the workday in the work place, is designed to support team learning and is offered and available to educators. Job-embedded means the learning occurs during the workday and has a direct link to the goals set for students by the team and the school.” (Hirsch and Killion, The Learning Educator, 2007). Teacher learning during the educator’s work day allows access to necessary resources including materials, curriculum experts and knowledgeable assistance.
Teacher learning in a job-embedded professional development model has the following characteristics:
- Alignment with the district and school education improvement plans, staff development plans and site SMART goals for student achievement.
- Use of the internal capacity of the district that does not rely primarily on outside experts to impart knowledge and skills.
- Delivery in a learning team format with collaborative teams having regular dedicated time (meetings weekly or every other week) within the teacher work day.
- Learning teams working interdependently to improve instruction in order to achieve common goals aligned to increasing student achievement.
- Teacher learning experiences focused on using scientifically research-based strategies that translate directly to classroom instruction.
- A formal team structure that includes having a purpose (goal), outcomes for meetings (action plans, agendas and minutes) and a focus on classroom instruction to improve student achievement (selecting instructional strategies, planning lessons and reflecting on practice).
- Effective use of professional development activities within learning teams, which include analyzing student data, learning new instructional strategies, developing lessons, designing common assessments and analyzing student work to assess student learning.
The 2014 Legislature enacted a change to teacher licensure renewal requirements to include evidence of growth in best teaching practices for meeting the needs of English learners (MN§122A.18, Subd. 4(b)).
The changes will apply to all teaching licenses renewed on or after August 1, 2015.
At the present time, the electronic reporting system managed by Educator Licensing at MDE does not include the option to report continuing education that addresses instruction of English language learners. Per the language of the statute, continuing education committees must ensure that the reflective statements provided by all teachers for the purposes of licensure renewal include evidence of growth in this area. It is anticipated that the electronic reporting system for licensure renewal will be updated to reflect this change at a later date and appreciate the consideration of local committees until such time as the change is implemented.