MN Tiered Licensure

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Starting July 1, 2018, Minnesota will be moving to the Tiered Licensing system to license teachers. Students must have their license must be ISSUED on or before June 30, 2018 to qualify for the current licensing system, according to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Any licenses issued starting July 1, 2018 will be granted under the new Tiered Licensing system.  Rulemaking will not be ready by July 1, 2018, so the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board will be required to begin granting licenses July 1, 2018 without having rule-making complete.  The legislative session ended with an extension to Tiered Licensing linked to the Bill the Governor Dayton Vetoed (the Governor strongly encouraged lawmakers to not include policy with the bill, but that was not followed).  PELSB has released a statement regarding Tiered Licensing:  Immediate Impact of Tiered Licensure

MN Tiered Licensure System

The Tiered Licensing system will be implemented July 1, 2018.  Rulemaking will not be finalized for the July 1, 2018 tiered license implementation and will continue.

  • May 2017, legislation was passed regarding teacher licensure (tiered licensure, licensure renewal)
  • July 2017, the Board of Teaching (BOT) continued rule making under rulemaking 4369 to be able to pass over the rulemaking process to allow the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to complete rulemaking on time.
  • January 2018, Senator Pratt testified at the PELSB Board meeting indicating that PELSB could not use the BOT rule-making process.
  • January 26, 2018 PELSB moved to continue the process and request an opinion from the Administrative Law Judge
  • February 19, 2018, the motion was issued by Chief Judge Pust identifying a need for PELSB to start the rule making process over.
  • February 20, 2018 PELSB submitted a new request for comments to the State Registrar under rulemaking 4534
  • February 24, 2018 PELSB met and moved to start the rulemaking process over.  This gave PELSB 4 months to complete rulemaking.
  • February 26, 2018 Rulemaking 4534 was published.
  • In March, Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul submitted a request to the House Education Policy Committee to give PELSB a one year extension to put the new tiered system in place for credentialing educators, this request was voted down by the House Education Policy Committee indicating that the July 1, 2018 Tiered Licensing implementation date is possible with the rulemaking timeline.
  • On May 14th,  Cyndy Crist the Legislative Liaison for MACTE indicated that there are currently two proposed Tiered Licensing Extensions in discussion:  The Senate amended their bill for Tiered Licensure Implementation to be changed to September 1, 2018 and the House change is more convoluted, allowing for statutory language to be used on an interim basis with new rule language to be completed by January 1, 2019.  The legislative session ends on May 21, 2018 and the proposed extensions are currently under discussion during the legislative session. 
  • On May 23rd, The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) sent out an updated email that indicated:  PELSB continues to work toward full implementation of tiered licensure by July 1, 2018. PELSB requested a one-year extension to this implementation date to complete rulemaking and allow sufficient time for building and testing an online application system to handle tiered licensure. This request was carried in bills authored by Representative Mariani and Senator Clausen. A two month extension was added to the Senate education policy bill and increased to a three month extension in negotiations in the omnibus supplemental budget bill now before Governor Dayton.  PELSB members and staff are working closely with MN.IT developers and education stakeholders to meet the needs of districts, current teachers, and aspiring teachers in ensuring quality teachers are in front of Minnesota students. Board members and staff are convening with stakeholders representing different groups impacted by tiered licensure this week to ensure that broad and clear communication is provided no matter the outcome of an extension date.Besides these immediate conversations, PELSB members and staff have already scheduled two days of workshops for districts, teachers, and preparation providers on June 18th and 21st in Roseville, with an option to connect virtually. These workshops will begin to explain what we know about the implementation process of tiered licensure as well as trainings on initial stages of the online system. To participate, register here: https://goo.gl/iwkGYS
  • On May 23rd,  Governor Dayton vetoed the bill that included the extension of implementation of the Tiered License System.  The Governor urged lawmakers to separate policy from this bill.
  • On June 8, 2018 at 9:30am in MDE, Conference Center A, Room 13, The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board will hold a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge on rulemaking regarding the issuance, validity, and renewal of teacher licensure, including tiered licensure and licensure via portfolio (Teacher Licensure Rulemaking R-04534).To read and comment on the proposed rules, visit the following link: https://minnesotaoah.granicusideas.com/discussions . The full notice of hearing is pasted into this announcement, but can also be found with the proposed rules: https://mn.gov/pelsb/board/rulemaking/

As updates are provided regarding tiered licensing implementation they will be added to this website.

PELSB Email Updates: Sign up to PELSB email updates online at: https://mn.gov/pelsb and scroll to the bottom toolbar and enter your email address in the subscription section. This will allow you to receive updates from PELSB as the rule-making process.

Timeline of degree posting and license application processing for Spring 2018 graduates and License Completers

Choose the path that pertains to your specific testing situation

Table 1:

Degree requirements done, testing taken/passed and scores released by...Degree posting dates
(Note: any missing requirements will delay this process...be sure to check your APAS Report)
Apply for license at:
PELSB website


License Application Process
Date materials sent to PELSB from UMD*
May 4, 2018**
(Required exams taken/passed by April 8th)
May 4 and 7, 2018
(Pending final grades)
Week of April 23rd, 2018 and send materials immediately to UMD.May 8 and 9, 2018
(Pending final grades and degree)
May 18, 2018**
(exams taken/passed in April 9–May 6 testing window)
May 10-11, 2018
(Pending final grades)
Week of April 29th, 2018 and send materials immediately to UMD.May 21-22, 2018
June 18, 2018**
(exams taken/passed in May 7–June 3 testing window)
All grades must be final.Week of April 29th, 2018 and send materials immediately to UMD. testing release.June 18-19, 2018
July 16, 2018
(Exams taken/passed in June 4–July 1 testing window)

NOTE this window will result in a license granted in the new Tiered licensing system.
All grades must be final.Week of May 27th, 2018 and send materials immediately to UMDJuly 16-17, 2018

*All license application materials will be overnighted FedEx to PELSB to ensure the quickest delivery possible and have signature verification when material is received.

**NOTE: PELSB Educator Licensing cannot guarantee processing in the current Licensing system if material arrives on or before June 30th, 2018 for applicants. It is advised that you get your materials to UMD to be forwarded to the State of MN (PELSB) as soon as you are able. PELSB will have additional staff processing applications to best support the June 30, 2018 end of the current licensing regulations deadline.


License Recommendations based on testing

Testing/Degree StatusLicense Issued date...License Type IssuedTransition to Tiered Licensure System

All exams passed, degree earned, edTPA Submittedon or before June 30, 20185 year full professional licenseGranted Tier 4 license in Tiered Licensure System
All exams taken but one or more not passed, degree earned, edTPA Submittedon or before June 30, 20181 year standard licensed

Granted Tier 3 license in Tiered Licensure System
(if Content/Pedagogy exams passed by June 30, 2019)
OR
Granted Tier 2 license in Tiered Licensure
System
(if Content/Pedagogy exams were retaken
but not passed by June 30, 2019) 
NOTE:  Tier 2 license requires a job offer to earn the license, license linked to the district

All exams taken but one or more not passed, degree earned, edTPA SubmittedStarting July 1, 2018 forwardTier 2 license (need a job offer to earn the license, license linked to district)

Stay in Tiered Licensure System
(Tier 2)
(need a job offer to earn the license, license linked to district)

All exams passed, degree earned, edTPA SubmittedStarting July 1, 2018 forward>Tier 3 licenseStay in Tiered Licensure System
(Tier 3)

  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION-SPRING 2018 GRADUATES

The CEHSP Accreditation office is working closely with the Office of the Registrar to coordinate degree posting and then sending license application materials to PELSB. PELSB will have extra staff on hand for license processing to ensure the highest volume of applications are processed prior to the July 1, 2018 Tiered Licensing implementation date (pending rule-making).

CHECKLIST for DEGREE POSTING

  1. Run APAS Report Make sure the below statement is displayed at the top, any missing requirements please contact Lisa Kittelson ASAP to put a plan in place.program completed if in progress courses are used
  2. Are you completing your edTPA spring 2018? Be sure to meet the edTPA submission deadline of April 27, 2018. Plan ahead for submitting earlier than April 27, 2018 if you are able to do so. NOTE: We want you to do well, make sure your submitted edTPA is of highest quality to best reflect you as a teacher.
    • After submitting your edTPA to Pearson, immediately email your edTPA submission email to your university supervisor. Note: If you submitted it a previous term, this step is complete.
  3. Submit your student teaching final evaluation in TK20 and make sure your cooperating teacher and your university supervisor also are submitting their final evaluations.
    • NOTE: Your final teaching evaluation must be submitted before your cooperating teacher's evaluation. Set a submission date and communicate the date to your cooperating teacher.
  4. Complete your Education Department Graduate Exit Survey
  5. Go to MyU, review and take action on any academic or financial holds before May 4, to avoid any situation that would hold up the submission of your license application.

Fall 2017 and Prior Graduates and License Completers-License Granted:

License Status

PELSB Issued License…

Transition to Tiered Licensure System

My 5 year license was granted on or before June 30, 2018

5 year full professional License

The 5 year full professional license will convert to a Tier 4 license on July 1, 2019 (unless the license is expired or expires in 2019).  Licenses that expire in 2019 will submit an application and payment for renewal and move to the Tier 4.

My 1 year license was granted before January 1, 2018

1 year standard license

Scenario 1:  If you have passed all required exams with score released and have been issued renewal for the 5 year full professional license on or before June 30, 2018 you will be granted the 5 year full professional license until July 1, 2019 and then you will be granted a Tier 4 license in the new Tiered Licensing System.

Scenario 2:  If you have not passed all required exams with score released on or before June 30, 2018 PELSB licensing will automatically grant a one year extension in June for your one year standard license until June 30, 2019.

  • Within the year extension, if your content and pedagogy exams are passed by June 30, 2019 you will renew into a Tier 3 license.
  • Within the year extension, if your content and pedagogy exams have been retaken but not passed by June 30, 2019 you will renew into a Tier 2 license.  This license will require a job offer to be issued; the school district will need to apply jointing with the teacher to be issued the Tier 2 license.

My 1 year license was granted January 1, 2018-June 30, 2018

1 year standard license

The one year standard license is issued with an expiration date of June 30, 2019.

  • If your content and pedagogy exams are passed by June 30, 2019 you will renew into a Tier 3 license.
  • If your content and pedagogy exams have been retaken but not passed by June 30, 2019 you will renew into a Tier 2 license.  This license will require a job offer to be issued; the school district will need to apply jointing with the teacher to be issued the Tier 2 license

Fall 2017 or prior Graduates and Program Completers-Needs to Apply for a License:

I graduated but I haven’t applied for my license yet:

Directions on how to apply for a license

License Issued date...

License Type Issued

Transition to Tiered Licensure System

All exams passed, degree earned, edTPA Submitted*
License materials submitted to UMD in May 2018

on or before June 30, 2018

5 year full professional license

Granted Tier 4 license in Tiered Licensure System

All exams taken but one or more not passed, degree earned, edTPA Submitted*
License materials submitted to UMD in May 2018

on or before June 30, 2018

1 year standard licensed

Granted Tier 3 license in Tiered Licensure System
(if Content/Pedagogy exams passed by June 30, 2019)
OR
Granted Tier 2 license in Tiered Licensure System
(if Content/Pedagogy exams were retaken
but not passed by June 30, 2019) 
NOTE:  Tier 2 license requires a job offer to earn the license, license linked to the district

All exams taken but one or more not passed, degree earned, edTPA Submitted*

Starting July 1, 2018 forward

Tier 2 license (need a job offer to earn the license, license linked to district)

Stay in Tiered Licensure System
(Tier 2)
(need a job offer to earn the license, license linked to district)

All exams passed, degree earned, edTPA Submitted*

Starting July 1, 2018 forward>

Tier 3 license

Stay in Tiered Licensure System
(Tier 3)

Degree is earned, edTPA submitted*, but I still have exams left to take so I haven't applied for a license.

Schedule your exams ASAP (Content Exams, Pedagogy Exams, NES Essential Academic Skills Exams).  If you can take them by May 6th, your scores will be released on Monday, May 21st and I could recommend you for license based on the above table.  If you take them by June 3rd, your scores will be released on Monday, June 18th and I can recommend you for a license based on the above table 1.

NOTE: PELSB Educator Licensing cannot guarantee processing in the current Licensing system if material arrives on or before June 30th, 2018 for applicants. It is advised that you get your materials to UMD to be forwarded to the State of MN (PELSB) as soon as you are able. PELSB will have additional staff processing applications to best support the June 30, 2018 end of the current licensing regulations deadline.

Exams required by major:

Find out the exams that align with your major here.

*Note: if you graduated from UMD Fall 2013 or prior you are grandfathered into the the edTPA submission requirement since you completed a program prior to the requirement being implemented.