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Updates from the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

November 2017 Deans/Chairs Memo

Memo with PELSB updates


Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is announced. 
Here is the full list of board members, press release and timelines:

New Statewide Job Board

The Board of Teaching has partnered with EdPost to provide a statewide online listing of education positions in Minnesota. Districts can use this site to post positions and reach applicants across the state. Candidates can use this site to find positions across the state. With the passage of legislation in 2017 creating a new Tiered Licensure system, rulemaking is underway that will utilize the statewide job board to evidence attempts to hire a Tier 2, 3, or 4 licensed teacher. 


September 12, 2017 Rules Proposal Draft


Code of Conduct
Minnesota has a code of conduct in place currently but like most states, not a formal code of ethics.  With growing numbers of teachers struggling to define professional boundaries, social media usage and their capacity to recognize the  “gray areas”  when working with PreK-12 students, it is also becoming increasingly important for programs to spend more time discussing the ethical responsibilities of the profession.

You will find more information regarding the model code, resources,  and the upcoming release of video modules for each of the 5 principles (coming soon) on the NASDTEC website:

BOT Staffing Updates
Interim BOT Executive Director
At the May meeting of the Board of Teaching, members recognized Erin Doan's resignation and voted to appoint Alex Liuzzi as Interim Executive Director.  Alex officially began his tenure June 5, 2017.
Teacher Education Specialist:  Michelle Sandler 
Hiring new teacher education specialist, JoAnn Van Aernum will be going to part time

Board Memos

Board of Teaching Meetings:

  • Meeting Minutes and Reports
  • August 11, 2017 Meeting:
    • Special Education Core Skills Exam Revision A. Liuzzi stated this agenda item is a continuance from last month where it was recommended to change from passing a resolution, to support out-of -state teachers with disability-specific exams requiring Board action adopting those exams as alternative options for out-of-state candidates in the low-incidence special education areas. J. Bellingham moved to allow out-of-state trained candidates to use the following Praxis exams in lieu of the MTLE Special Education Core Skills Exam:
      • For Deaf & Hard of Hearing trained candidates, Praxis exam 5272.
      • For Blind/Visually Impaired trained candidates, Praxis exam 5282.
      • For Early Childhood Special Education candidates, Praxis exam 5691.
      The candidate must receive a passing score on the exam as adopted by the state where the training occurred. A. Krafthefer seconded the motion. The motion passed.
    • Academic Behavioral Strategist Rulemaking Update
      A. Liuzzi reported Minnesota rule 8710.5050 was amended as required in statute and approved by the board in June 2017 to remove the renewal requirement for ABS licensed teachers. Rule was adopted in July 2017 and is now published in the State Registrar.
    • Early Childhood Skills Exam A. Liuzzi reported that 2017 legislation included testing changes for Early Childhood Education candidates that will take effect July 1, 2018. Candidates for Early Childhood Education licensure will be exempt from the basic skills exam requirement. However, candidates will continue to be required to pass content and pedagogy exams specific to their licensure area. We will get the word out to all who are applying for a license and to higher institutions in the coming year.
  • July 19, 2017
    • CAEP: JoAnn VanAernum reviewed a request from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) regarding dues for Fy18; they would like a response by end of July. She reminded the Board that in January, when the board decided there is no benefit for the state with $8,000-$10,000 dues. CAEP does not have the same standards as Minnesota and we would need to go into a long rulemaking process to change the rules to align with CAEP. She noted that Minnesota institutions can seek their own individual memberships. The Board declined moving forward with joining CAEP and paying annual dues.
  • June 16, 2017
    • Academic & Behavioral Strategist (ABS) Rulemaking
      J. Bellingham moved to authorize the interim executive director, Alex Liuzzi, to move rulemaking for 8710.5050, subdivision 4 under Good Cause Exception. This will remove the requirement to add an additional Special Education license upon renewal of the Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license. L. Clarkson seconded the motion. The motion passed.
  • April 7, 2017
    • Teacher Preparation Survey:
      Alex Liuzzi, Teacher Education Specialist, presented survey instrument options for Board members to select. To meet the requirements of Minnesota statute 122A.09, Subdivision 4, regarding teacher preparation data summary reporting of survey data from current students, alumni and supervisors, J. Bellingham moved that the Board of Teaching adopt the Common Survey instrument for administration by all Approved Minnesota teacher preparation providers. In addition, J. Bellingham moved that survey instruments be administered starting spring 2018 with optional use of the survey instruments starting immediately for piloting purposes. J. Grabowska seconded the motion. The motion passed.
    • Statewide Job Board Update
      Michelle Schmitz, Executive Director, Amy Simon, Director of Applications and Integration and Pat Thielman, EdPost Administrator from the St. Cloud State University Career Center presented an update on the EdPost Job Board. Applicants are able to search the site alphabetically for job title, chronologically, and by school or town. Instructions on the site are provided for employers to advertise positions.
      There were nearly 11.5 million hits in 2016 and 458 public schools out of 518 have now used the site. They hope to upgrade the site with enhancements to create a more secure platform, allow candidates to search by key word or geographically, as well as provide more options for employers and administrators. The job board website is found at: Chair Bellingham thanked the panel for their report.
  • March 2017
    • Chair Bellingham welcomed Phillip Gullion, Vice President, with Educator Solutions for Licensing & Learning, Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, who presented on a review of Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Data, an Overview of the Job Analysis Survey Process, and the Test Alignment & Redevelopment Planning. Members were asked to hold questions to the end. A PowerPoint presentation provided by Mr. Gullion is available on the Board Website in the archive for the March 2017 meeting.
      A. Review of Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Data
      Mr. Gullion reviewed the discontinuance of the MTLE Basic Skills Test in June 2016, the adoption of the NES (National Evaluation Series) Essential Academic Skills with a newly adopted cut score as one of several board adopted options for teacher candidates to meet skills requirements. Data disaggregated by race, gender and ethnicity has not yet been analyzed due to the number of candidates who’ve taken the exam in its first 6 months of operation.
      B. Overview of Job Analysis Survey Process
      Mr. Gullion presented a report on a job analysis study to demonstrate that knowledge, skills and abilities measured by a credentialing exam are required to perform important aspects of the target job. He added that although the analysis is not yet complete, they will use results of the survey in April to provide empirical links. Issues of importance will be gleaned from the survey data and modifications will be implemented appropriately.
      C. Test Alignment & Redevelopment Planning
      Mr. Gullion presented the purpose of the MTLE Alignment Study was to review all current Minnesota exams as compared to the state and national standards and to determine any needed redevelopment. He explained the process, what should be measured, bias review consideration and determining priority levels. The identified changes will be rolled out in phases through 2020
      J. Grabowska moved to adopt the three Exam Redevelopment Recommendation phases as follows: 1) Phase I – first administration anticipated September 2018, 2) Phase II – first administration anticipated September 2019, and 3) Phase III – first administration anticipated September 2020. L. Clarkson seconded the motion. The motion passed. The full presentation, including details of the three phases, is posted on the Board of Teaching website.
    • Alex Liuzzi, BOT Teacher Education Specialist, facilitated a presentation on the legislative mandate for a standard measure of teacher preparation satisfaction (Teacher Preparation Survey Requirement) with Mark Lacelle - Peterson, Senior Vice President with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and Stacey Duffield, Sally Baas, Misty Sato, and Joel Traver of NExT Consortium.
    • Erin Doan reported that at the last Board meeting, the Board acted upon the request of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to discontinue their partnership programs with Teach for America. A panel of Dr. Deborah Dillon, Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs from the University of Minnesota, Laura Mogelson, Director of Multiple Pathways, and Kara Coffino, Licensure Program Lead for Alternative Pathway to Teaching/Teach for America presented highlights from the program. They will no longer be accepting applications for new cohorts and are continuing the program for the two current cohorts. There has been a drop in enrollment resulting in the decision to discontinue the program: 38 students were enrolled in 2014/15 down to 21 students in 2016/17. Out of the completers from the first cohort, 80% completed with 71% remaining in teaching. (See entire presentation posted on the Board of Teaching website.)
  • February 2017
    • National Research on Teacher Shortage
      Erin Doan shared a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Richard Ingersoll regarding the teacher shortage available to board members through their NASDTEC accounts. The NASDTEC presentation shows many of the same trends seen in the 2017 Minnesota Supply and Demand Report. NASDTEC access for members provides access to the encore series where all presentations/materials are available, including an audio for this piece.
    • Minnesota Department of Education
      • 2017 Supply and Demand Report – Nels Onstad, Executive Director, Educator Licensing
      Mr. Onstad reported highlights of the report to include a continued decrease with the number of teacher applicants for jobs throughout the state, and that teacher retention is also a challenge with up to 15% of teachers leaving the profession after 1-3 years. There is a 46% increase in the number of teachers who leave their positions for retirement, accept a new position in administration or leave the field. He also noted the significant amount of resources needed to hire, train, contract a teacher into the school and have them assimilate to the climate of a school. There is a great need for induction programs to provide continuing improvement. He also added there is a need to create a competitive job market, similar to healthcare, to provide grants or programs such as a “grow to assist with improved retention. Recruitment and retention continue to be ongoing challenges.
    • Legislative Breakfast February 10, 2017
  • January 2017
    • Recommendations from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Licensure Task Force Minnesota Department of Education Career and Technical Education staff Troy Haugen, Jessica Lipa, Paula Palmer and Michelle Kamenov presented a summary of the Legislative Report on CTE Licensing. (See links provided on the BOT website for the full summary.) Highlights of the presentation included the following recommendations:
      a. Preserving rulemaking authority of the designated state agency to define minimum qualifications & prerequisites in Administrative Rule
      b. Establishing an ongoing Career & Technical Education Work Group
      c. Consider alternative requirements to a baccalaureate degree for Career & Technical Education licenses
      d. Allow two-year accredited institutions of higher education to have the ability to offer content-related teacher preparation programs for Career & Technical Education licenses
      e. Provide adequate, sustainable funding for any resulting change or addition to state-agency scope of practice

Important Updates:

(Updated 12/6/2015) NEW ACT English/Writing Scoring:

ACT Score Report Changes

  • if a student is using their ACT PLUS Writing, to fulfill their MTLE Basic Skills Exam requirement, prior to September 2015.  They would need a 22 Composite Score and a 21 or higher on their English/Writing Subtest.
  • If a student is using their ACT PLUS Writing, to fulfill their MTLE Basic Skills Exam requirement, September 2015 forward.  They would need a 22 Composite Score and a 21 or higher on their ELA Subtest.

Special Education Pipeline Extension (EBD/LD)  All candidates completing programs under former Special Education Rule must have fully completed all program requirements prior to January 1, 2015.  Candidates who completed discontinued SPED programs prior to January 1, 2015 may complete testing and supply passing MTLE scores to be recommended for licensure under the old rule until May 30, 2016. *After May 30, 2016 all pipeline candidates will be expected to have completed currently approved special education program requirements.

Unit and Program Rule Changes (Effective January 1, 2016):

Adopted unit and program rule changes can be located at  All units and programs must be in compliance by the effective date.   Program Effectiveness Reports for Continuing Approval (PERCA) submitted in fall 2015 for re-approval in 2016 must show compliance to the new clinical and student teaching requirements:  100 clinical hours prior to student teaching, and student teaching experience for initial licensure of a minimum of twelve continuous weeks, full time, face to face.  Candidates admitted to licensure programs prior to December 31, 2015 need not be held to meeting the new clinical and student teaching requirements.   At the time of application, candidates admitted after December 31, 2015 must evidence meeting the new clinical and student teaching requirements.

  • Since all our programs with the Exception of Special Education:  ABS were discontinued in March 2015, all candidates admitted to the blocks prior to March 2015 will be allowed to follow the old rule.  Once our programs regain approval, all candidates will be expected to follow the new rules.  Since IESE was never included on a pipeline list any current students are expected to follow the new rules. 

Course Exemption Evaluation:  Click here to view form

Under MN Rule 8700.7600, Subpart 5, Standards D5 and F3 require units to have a process in place for documenting the credit given to candidates for coursework and experiences completed outside of their enrollment in the approved MN program. Documentation of the course substitutions or the granting of credit for taking a course that is equivalent to the one required in your program must be submitted at the time of licensure application. This documentation explains any discrepancy between program requirements and course work present on the transcript(s). If you have questions about this process, please contact one of our Teacher Education Specialists at your earliest convenience.

  • MDE Educator Licensing and the MN Board of Teaching  requires that there is documentation submitted with the    license application that  includes any exceptions made to a candidates degree and any transfer work decision.  So the licensure officer performs an individual audit on each academic record and completes the course exception evaluation to be sent to Educator Licensing.