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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Teaching License Renewal

In addition to the general requirements for renewal listed above, below are some commonly asked questions.

How do I renew a one-year standard teaching license?

  1. Check your renewal conditions to verify you are ready to renew.
  2. Complete an online application and submit the processing fee.
  3. Submit official verification (official transcripts and score results) that you have completed any required coursework or tests as indicated in the renewal conditions on your license.

How do I renew a substitute or limited license?

  1. Complete an online application and submit the processing fee.
  2. Print out and submit a Limited Short-Call Substitute District Verification form that has been completed, signed, and dated by both the applicant and the requesting district’s superintendent or designated charter school administrator. A link to download the verification form will be provided on the document checklist at the end of your online application.
  3. Provide evidence of compliance with the specific renewal conditions stated on the expiring license. Original transcripts must be submitted in a college/university sealed envelope. Minnesota teacher examination score reports must be submitted electronically to mde.scorereports@state.mn.us when indicated as a renewal condition. Limited licenses are issued for one school year, or a portion of a school year from the date of application to the nearest June 30. However, it is valid to teach summer school in the year of expiration.)

How do I renew a five-year teaching or related professional service license?

  • As soon as you receive your first five-year license, you should become affiliated with a Minnesota continuing education committee. Clock hours will be required even if you do not teach in Minnesota during the life of the license or if you are not living in Minnesota. You should affiliate with the committee in the district in which you are teaching. If you are not currently teaching, you may affiliate with the committee in the Minnesota district in which you last taught or currently reside.
  • Minnesota Rule 8710.7200 defines the specific clock hour requirements for the renewal of all professional licenses. In summary, 125 approved clock hours are required for the renewal of a teaching license. (Additionally, statute requires specific content to be included, see below.) Clock hours must be earned in the five-year period preceding the renewal application and be from two or more of the categories identified in the rule. See subpart 3 of the rule for specific categories. View Minnesota Rule 8710.7200. (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/arule/8710/7200.html)
  • Professional development activities count toward clock hour requirements at the rate of one clock hour per one hour of actual participation in planned professional development activity.
  • College coursework counts toward clock hours. One quarter credit equals 16 clock hours and one semester credit equals 24 clock hour credits.
  • Clock hours earned during a renewal period are transferable from one school district to another.
  • Teachers holding a continuing license living outside of the State of Minnesota who have never taught in the state should contact Educator Licensing Division for renewal information.

What if my license has lapsed?

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 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 relicensure 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. 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.

Administrative License Renewal

A five-year administrative license will be granted to applicants who verify one year of administrative experience while holding a valid two-year administrative license.

Five-year administrative licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration. Applications for renewal may be submitted any time after January 1 of the year of expiration.

To renew a five-year administrative license, you must submit to the designated district administrator completion certificates totaling 125 clock hours of administrative and supervisory continuing education that have been pre-approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators. These hours must have been earned during the five-year period immediately preceding the renewal of the license.

Administrative Clock Hours

"Clock hours" means hours of actual instruction or supervised group activities in a pre-approved Minnesota administrative and supervisory continuing education program. With the exception of relevant coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities, the Minnesota Board of School Administrators must pre-approve all administrative continuing education activities. One-quarter college credit equals 15 clock hours and one semester college credit equals 20 clock hours. Renewal requirements must be met during the five-year period of each continuing license and no clock hours will carry forward into any subsequent five-year licensure period.

If you have questions regarding the pre-approval of an administrative continuing education activity, you may contact the Board directly by calling 651/582-8796 or by e-mailing the Board’s Executive Director, Stan Mack at stan.mack@state.mn.us.

Administrative licenses are issued by the Educator Licensing office, but the Minnesota Board of School Administrative has responsibility for granting administrative waivers, complaints against licensed administrators, college/university program approval and the pre-approval of administrative continuing education.

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.

Exceptions to the 125 Clock Hour Requirement

Clock Hour Exception for National Board Certification

The National Board of Professional Standards Certification (NBPS) has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a substitute for the 125 clock hours required for the license renewal. If the NBPS certification expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee will prorate hours completed at 25 hours per year and require completion of a prorated number of hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.

Applications with NBPS Certification must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements.

Clock Hour Exemption for School Psychologists

The National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) Certification has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a substitute for the 125 clock hours required for license renewal. If the NCSP certification expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee will prorate hours completed at 25 hours per year and require completion of a prorated number of hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.

School psychologists must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements including positive behavior strategies; accommodation, modification and adaptations to meet the needs of varied students; and understanding the warning signs of early onset mental illness.

School psychologists are exempt from meeting the reading preparation, technology and reflective statement of professional accomplishment and assessment of professional growth requirements.

Clock Hour Exemption for Speech-Language Pathologists

The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a substitute for the 125 clock hours required for renewal . If the ASHA certification expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee will prorate hours completed hours completed at 25 hours per year and require completion of a prorated number of hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.

Speech-Language Pathologists must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements with the exception of the reflective statement of professional accomplishment and assessment of professional growth.