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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teacher Licensure

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Minnesota State University, Mankato urges you to apply for Teacher Licensure as soon as you complete the program and additional requirements. Standards for teaching evolve and change therefore you may qualify for a Minnesota Teaching License today but if you wait to apply you may find that standards have changed. What that would mean is that you may no longer qualify for licensure. If that becomes the case it could require you to take additional coursework, testing, and/or other requirements.

Please note that even if you plan to teach in another state it is recommended that you first apply for your Minnesota Licensure. Other states often times require your University to sign off on a recommendation and frequently we cannot do that without you first receiving a Minnesota Teaching Licensure. 


Want to know more about our Licensure Programs?

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a number of teacher licensure programs. For a list of programs and contacts please go to our Licensure Areas webpage.

For information about our add-on Kindergarten or 5-8 middle school options visit our Elementary & Early Childhood Education Minors, Endorsements, and Certificates webpage.

For information about out K-12 & Secondary programs including Graduate Programs please visit our Educational Studies: K-12 Secondary Programs webpage


You have completed your program and are ready to apply.

We request that you go thoroughly through the following pages to find out more about the application process. As future teachers we know that, you know, the importance of following directions. 


Application Process explains the process and how it works and the types of Licensure you may qualify for.

First Time Licensure explains the step by step process of how to fill out this type of application and lists all the required documents you must submit.

Add-on Licensure explains the step by step process of how to fill out this type of application and lists all the required documents you must submit.

Other Licensure Types- Explains the steps if you are applying for Kindergarten Endorsement, School Counseling Applicants, Administrative Applicants, students who have graduated more than four years ago, applicants coming from another state and applicants applying to another state. 

Frequently Asked Questions- this is a great resource to get your questions answered and to learn more details.


It is also advised that you familiarize yourself with the information found on the Minnesota Department of Education Website.


State Rules and Regulations:

MN Rule Chapter 8710.0400

The MN Human Relations requirement is a state mandate for all applicants for teacher licensure in Minnesota. The Human Relations Requirement requires licensure applicants to show evidence of the following:

·         Understanding the contributions and lifestyles of the various racial, cultural, and economic groups in our society

·         Recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, discrimination, and prejudices

·         Creating learning environments that contribute to the self-esteem of all persons and to positive interpersonal relations

·         Respecting human diversity and personal rights

·         The study of American Indian language, history, government, and culture

State Statute 122A.09c

The board, upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution's recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person's credentials.