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Tier 3 License

Department of Education

Tier 3 License
(license issued starting July 1, 2018 and forward):

License RequirementsNumber of Year License ValidRenewal OptionsBargaining/ContractRule-making/Legislative LanguageLicense Notes:

3 years

Can be renewed indefinitely.

Teachers are in the Bargaining Unit and must complete three years of probation.  If a teacher at Tier 3 got to Tier 3 via Tier 2, to years of teaching at Tier 2 can count towards the 3 year probationary requirement*.

Teachers at Tier 3 have continuing contract rights after completion of probationary period.

*Note:  The route from Tier 2 to Tier 3 without completing teacher preparation is highly controversial and may be closed as a route at any point in time during a legislative cycle so don't bank on this route as an option to Tier 3!


  • License can be used any with district.
  • Can be used for the following teaching assignments:  full time classroom teacher (aligned with license), short-call sub, long term sub (aligned with license).

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board is currently working with their IT Department to establish the new online application system to align with the Tiered Licensing System.  This application system will not be ready for the July 1, 2018 Tiered Licensure Implementation date.  PELSB has established an interim paper application process until the new online application system is live and ready for use.

Tier 3 License Application Process Checklist

Find Tiered Licensure Application Materials online at:  Tiered Licensure Application

A completed license application packet includes:

  • A completed paper Tiered Licensure Application
  • A Check or Money Order for $90.25 (initial license) or $57.00 (additional MN license) payable to PELSB
  • Completed MN Teacher License Verification Information Google Form:
  • Completed UMD Education Exit Survey online
  • Emailed a copy of the edTPA Submission Email OR Pearson edTPA Score Report to
  • Fingerprint card with fingerprints & demographic information completed in Black Ink

All licensure materials need to be mailed to:

CEHSP Accreditation
125 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812


turned in In-Person to the CEHSP Accreditation Office, 116 Bohannon Hall.

PELSB License Application Processing:

  • The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board will have all license applications processed within 30 days of receiving the application materials with UMD recomendation and the returned background check results from the background check agency.
  • PELSB will no longer be processing license expedites with districts.