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Licensure Information

Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.14, requires that Minnesota administrators must be licensed by the Board of School Administrators.
Each applicant submits an application to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board staff to issue, renew, or extend a license. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards and Board processes all teaching and administrative applications. PELSB holds each licensed teacher’s and administrator’s records. Applications for renewal can be submitted to PELSB for re-licensure processing beginning January 1 of the year of expiration. All teaching and administrative licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration. The application includes a processing fee of $57.
Once licensed, all administrators shall pay an annual fee of $75 to the Board of School Administrators, collected in November of each fiscal year. After receiving notice from the board, any license school administrator who does not pay the fee in the given fiscal year shall have all administrative licenses held by the person automatically suspended, without the right to a hearing, until the fee has been paid to the board. A fee of $32.50 will be assessed each fiscal year for all retired or inactive status administrators. These fees are separate from licensing fees assessed by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Read the most recent publications related to the annual BOSA licensing fee and payment schedule.
Licensure for those seeking a Minnesota license for the first time

The requirements to become a licensed superintendent, principal, or special education director are specified in Minnesota Administrative Rule 3512.0200. Read the full requirements at Minnesota Rule 3512.0200.
For candidates prepared at a program in Minnesota (including Walden and Capella Universities), in general, the applicant must:
--  Submit evidence of three years of successful classroom teaching experience while holding a classroom teaching license valid for the position or positions in which the experience was gained;
--  Completed a specialist or doctoral program consisting of 60 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree that includes a master's degree;
--  Complete a field experience of at least 320 hours;
--  Be recommended for licensure by a Minnesota Board of School Administrators approved Minnesota college or university.
For candidates prepared at a program outside of Minnesota, in general, Minnesota licenses can be granted to persons prepared in other states, provided:
--  The program the applicant completed is recognized by the state as qualifying the applicant for such licensure within that state;
--  The program the applicant completed is at a college or university that is regionally accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
--  The program the applicant completed is essentially equivalent in content in approved programs offered by Minnesota colleges and universities under the board rules of the Board of School Administrators governing the licensure field. Educational equivalency is determined by board staff. In addition to equivalent coursework content, the program must contain 30 semester credits beyond a master's degree or 60 semester credits beyond a bachelor's degree, including a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree; and,
--  The college or university which offers offering the program leading to licensure verifies that the applicant has completed an approved licensure program at that institution and recommends the applicant for a license in a licensure field at a licensure level.
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The requirements for individuals prepared in other states to become a licensed superintendent, principal or special education director in Minnesota are specified in Minnesota Administrative Rule 3512.2600. Read the full requirements at Minnesota Rule 3512.2600.
Once a candidate is deemed qualified for licensure, the candidate is issued an Initial Professional License, which is valid for a two-year period, starting on the date of issue. If one year of administrative experience is gained during the Initial Professional License, the administrator can renew for a five-year license. Verification of the year of experience must be confirmed by the superintendent or personnel officer. The renewal application (and verification form) can be found online during the application process and is available to administrators starting January 1 of the year of licensure expiration. This process will require a Google Gmail account. You may use a personal Gmail account if you already have created one.
If someone holding an Initial Professional License does not gain one year of professional experience in the field during the two-year period, the license holder may apply for an additional Initial Professional License using the same online process.
Licensure for Principals Licensed in Other States

A two-year nonrenewable provisional license may be issued upon application to currently licensed elementary and secondary school principals seeking entry into a position as a K-12 principal who do not currently meet all standards for a full professional principal license, subject to a criminal history background check and conduct review as required by the board. Evidence must be provided that the candidate is enrolled in a Minnesota approved administrative licensure program for licensure as a K-12 principal. At the end of the two year period, the administrator must meet all requirements for a full professional Minnesota administrator license and be recommended for licensure by the Minnesota college or university.
If, during the provisional licensure period, a person gains one year of professional experience as a principal, the individual is qualified to apply for a five-year Continuing License.
All applicants for licensure go to online application.
Five-Year Licenses and Renewal

A five-year Professional Continuing License will be granted to applicants who verify one year of administrative experience while holding a valid two-year Initial Professional License or a Provisional License. Five-year Professional Continuing Licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration.
To renew a five-year license, an administrator must complete pre-approved clock hours of professional development activities. One hundred and twenty-five (125) clock hours are required to renew the five-year administrative license. "Clock hours" means hours of actual instruction or supervised group activities in a pre-approved Minnesota administrative and supervisory continuing education program. With the exception of relevant coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities, the Board of School Administrators (BOSA) must pre-approve all administrative continuing education activities. One-quarter college credit equals 15 clock hours and one semester college credit equals 20 clock hours. Renewal requirements must be met during the five-year period of each continuing license and no clock hours will carry forward into any subsequent five-year licensure period.
Download an application form prior to the professional development activity if the activity has not already been pre-approved. The Board of School Administrators maintains a database of all pre-approved administrative professional development activities.
All administrators holding teaching licenses must submit professional development information regarding teaching to their local district teacher re-certification committee for review and approval.
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards and Board (PELSB) processes all teaching and administrative applications. PELSB holds each licensed teacher’s and administrator’s records. Applications for renewal can be submitted to PELSB for re-licensure processing beginning January 1 of the year of expiration. All teaching and administrative licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration.
For individuals who hold a five-year license but are working outside the state of Minnesota, you may renew your license by sending your professional development clock hours to Karen Millar, assistant, for review and approval.
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Alternative Pathway for Superintendent License 

Minnesota Administrative Rule 3512.0800 allows for individuals to earn their superintendent’s license through an alternative licensure process.
In general, an applicant must demonstrate substantial experience in administration, supervision, management, and executive leadership in education, healthcare, business or industry, labor, or government. The applicant shall appear before credential review committee and present evidence, generally through a portfolio, documenting how the applicant has meet the competencies outlined in Minnesota Administrative Rule 3512.0800.
Read the full requirements and competencies at Minnesota Rule 3512.0800
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Lapsed Licenses

If you have an Initial (Two-Year) Professional Continuing License that has lapsed…
If you are a licensed administrator and are currently employed in this role, and your license has lapsed, you may renew the license by completing the online application process on the PELSB website. This process will require a Google Gmail account. You may use a personal Gmail account if you already have created one. During the application process, an Employment Verification Form will need to be completed by your supervisor. For this renewal, you do not need the 125 CEUs.
If your Initial License has lapsed and you did not complete one school year of administrative experience, you may renew an Initial License by going to the PELSB website. This process will require a Google Gmail account. You may use a personal Gmail account if you already have created one.
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If you have a Continuing (Five-year) Professional Continuing License that has lapsed…
If your Professional Continuing License has lapsed and you are currently employed as an administrator or supervisor, you are in violation of Minnesota Rule 3512.0200, which requires that an administrator be licensed. You must immediately complete the online application process to be re-licensed.
Minnesota Rule 3512.2300 Subpart 3, requires renewal requirements must be met during the five-year period of each continuing license and no clock hours shall carry forward into any subsequent five-year licensure period. Therefore, staff will count only those clock hours earned in the five-year window immediately preceding your application for renewal and counting backward. Hours earned outside of this window may not be counted toward meeting the 125 clock-hour requirement.
If your Professional Continuing License has lapsed and you have not been employed as an administrator or supervisor during the year immediately preceding the application for renewal…
You must provide evidence that you have completed 125 clock hours of preapproved administrative and supervisory continuing education earned during the five-year period immediately preceding your application for renewal.
College coursework may count toward the 125 clock hour requirement provided you submit an official transcript verifying college/university credits (1 quarter credit equals 15 clock hours and 1 semester credit equals 20 clock hours) in the five-year period immediately preceding the application for renewal.
The Board may grant a one-time extension for the balance of the school year provided that there is evidence that you have been offered a position in Minnesota contingent upon holding a valid license. At the end of the extended licensure period, you must meet renewal requirements for the continuing license.