Teacher Education Licensure

  • Enrollment in a MSUM teacher licensure program means candidates meet specific state requirements to apply for a Minnesota teaching license at graduation.

    To apply for a five-year full-time MN license you will need to:

    If all MSUM program requirements have been met and you have attempted all required tests (but not passed one or more), you may apply for a MN one-year, full-time license. This one-year license may be renewed directly with the MN Department of Education.

    Use these MN Board of Teaching or MN Department of Education websites for information on licensing and testing:

    Note: Candidates who have taken one or more of the MTLE basic skills tests and passed may still apply these scores to meet the basic skills testing requirement. MN allows a mix of scores between MTLE and NES. Please let you advisor know if you have additional questions.

    Candidate Responsibilities

    Please use the following guidelines below to track your progress. You can also use the printable PDF version of the Candidate Responsibilities.

  • MN requires you meet ONE of the following:

    When registering, have score reports sent to MSUM (code 6678)

    Print and save copies of all test score reports as they may be needed for licensure renewal or outside state licensing. Pearson maintains an archive but will charge for copies.

    IMPORTANT: If you have taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills (which ended in June 2016), you need to register and complete ONLY the portion you have NOT passed of that basic skills test through NES. You do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless you did not pass all portions through MTLE.

    Apply for official program admittance through the Selection and Retention into Teacher Education process

    • SARTE application must be completed with your advisor prior to 300-400 level education courses
    • SARTE information
    • Complete all course requirements for graduation and licensure
      • Meet with advisor each semester to review current program requirements and DARS accuracy.
      • Review DARS routinely to assure your curriculum plan addresses all requirements
      • Apply for student teaching. This application is required early in the semester before you plan to student teach. Please refer to information about student teaching on the Field Experience page.
      • Apply for graduation in semester prior to student teaching
    • Register to take MTLE Content and Pedagogy tests (Recommended semester prior to student teaching)
    • Consult with advisor to assure you are taking the correct tests required for all of your licensure area(s)
    • Register for MTLE Exams
    • Complete Curriculum Worksheet for licensure early in the semester you are graduating with:
      • Printed student teaching placement information from DIARY
      • Printed DARS.
      • Submit these three items to your licensure coordinator for signature
    • Signed Curriculum Worksheet is submitted to Diane Copple LO 214A.
    • Application for MN Teaching License can be filed upon successful completion of basic skills testing, MTLE Content tests, and MTLE Pedagogy tests at the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website. Create an account with MDE and pay licensing fee. Apply no earlier than 5 days prior to graduation. https://w1.education.state.mn.us/MIDMSWEB/MDELogin.html
    • Print Cover Sheet and Verification Form from MDE online application.
    • Attain fingerprint card from Diane Copple, Lommen 214A and take to MSUM Public Safety Office (or any law enforcement office) for fingerprinting.
    • Submit Cover Sheet, Verification Form, completed Finger Print Card, and DARS to Diane Copple, Lommen 214A. Licensure packet will be signed by Dr. Keri DeSutter, MSUM Licensure Officer or Diane Copple, MSUM Certifying Officer and sent to MN licensing at the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board when complete (this occurs once the degree is noted on the transcript).

  • Licensing Forms

    MSUM Licensing Contact

    Diane Copple, Administrative Assistant, Licensing
    School of Teaching & Learning | 214A Lommen Hall
    MN State University Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S. | Moorhead, MN 56563
    coppled@mnstate.edu | 218.477.2013

  • Appeal to Board of Teaching

    All persons denied issuance or renewal of licenses granted by the Board of Teaching, and all Minnesota teacher-preparing institutions denied program or institutional approval, and all persons licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching whose appeals are denied by the local committee for continuing education/relicensures, are hereby entitled to a hearing pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14, on such denial and to a final decision by the Board of Teaching.

    A person or an institution entitled to a hearing under the provisions of this part shall file a written request for such hearing with the executive secretary of the Board of Teaching within 30 days from the date of the denial. Failure to file a written request for a hearing within 30 days constitutes a waiver of the individual's right to a hearing.