Tier 2 License

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Tier 2 License
(license issued starting July 1, 2018 and forward):

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

2 years

Tier 2 can be renewed 3 times.  *Jointly with district

Completed Teacher Preparation Program:  Can move to Tier 3 with passing Content/Pedagogy Exams (then license will no longer be linked to district).

Teachers are in the Bargaining Unit and are not probationary.  If these teachers get to Tier 3, then two years of successful teaching at Tier 2 can count towards Tier 3 requirement of 3 years of probation.

Teachers at Tier 2 do not have continuing contract rights.


  • License can only used in the hiring 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 2 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 $89.00 (initial license) or $57.00 (additional MN license) payable to PELSB
  • Completed MN Teacher License Verification Information Google Form:  https://z.umn.edu/mnteacherlicenseverification
  • Completed UMD Education Exit Survey online
  • Emailed a copy of the edTPA Submission Email OR Pearson edTPA Score Report to cehspaccred@d.umn.edu
  • 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.

Paper applications will take longer to process at the state with PELSB. To make sure PELSB offers the best customer service possible ahead of the upcoming school year board staff are taking the following steps to support applicants in the process:

  • Extending phone hours to 4:00pm daily (starting June 25) to help answer applicant questions
  • Hiring additional staff for licensing and customer service support
  • Moving staff from other duties to issue licenses
  • Offering trainings and support in understanding the application process
  • Communicating ongoing changes and updates via our email listserv (you can subscribe through our website https://mn.gov/pelsb/