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Changing Careers Without a Bachelor’s Degree

If you would like to be a special education teacher and do not have a bachelor’s degree, you will need to earn one. At some Minnesota colleges and universities, you can earn your bachelor’s degree and be prepared for teacher licensure at the same time.

Other colleges and universities require a fifth year of classes and student teaching. There are opportunities to attend programs that are face-to-face, online, or a combination of the two.

Use the form below to track your progress toward completion.

Action Steps:

Complete a baccalaureate degree (or higher).

Date Completed

Take and pass the Minnesota Teacher License Examinations (MTLE) Basic Skills Tests.

Date Completed

Complete a Board of Teaching-approved teacher licensure program (probably at the graduate level). View State-Approved Special Education Teacher Licensure Programs.

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Take and pass the Minnesota Teacher License Examinations (MTLE) Pedagogy Tests and Special Education Content Tests.

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Log into the Minnesota Online Licensing System to begin your submission of your application for a Minnesota teaching license.

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