Tier 2 License

Tier 2 License

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

License Requirements License Valid/Renewal License Notes
  • Bachelor's Degree Earned
  • Completion of Teacher Preparation
  • Have not passed the Content & Pedagogy Exams
  • District Verification (Requires job offer with MINNESOTA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT) Note:  license only linked to hiring district.

License Valid: 2 years

Can be renewed indefinately.

*See below for renewal expectations

  • 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).


How to Apply for a  Tier 2 License:

  • Initial & Currently hold a MN License (Substitute, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3): Tier 2 License Checklist
    • The online application system is not working for Tier 2 license applicants so if you are applying for a Tier 2 license you must apply via the paper application process linked above.

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 recommendation and the returned background check results from the background check agency.
  • PELSB will no longer be processing license expedites with districts.
  • Processing estimation time by graduation term:
    • Fall Graduates:  Degrees are awarded January-February + PELSB BCA background check processing 1-2 weeks + PELSB 30 day processing window.
    • Spring Graduates:  Degrees are awarded May-June + PELSB BCA background check processing 1-2 weeks + PELSB 30 day processing window.
    • You cannot assume accept the role of teacher of record until your license has been awarded by PELSB.

License Renewal