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.
Complete a baccalaureate degree (or higher).
Take and pass the Minnesota Teacher License Examinations (MTLE) Basic Skills Tests.
Complete a Board of Teaching-approved teacher licensure program (probably at the graduate level). View State-Approved Special Education Teacher Licensure Programs.
Take and pass the Minnesota Teacher License Examinations (MTLE) Pedagogy Tests and Special Education Content Tests.
Log into the Minnesota Online Licensing System to begin your submission of your application for a Minnesota teaching license.
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.