Other Licensure TypesPage address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/licensure/district_licensure.html
Please go to our Add-on application process webpage for directions on where to find the application. You will then send in your Application, Payment and we ask that you attach a post-it-note to your application with your Tech Id# on it. Please note that you will NOT need to submit any of the additional forms on the Add-on webpage or take any addtional exams. Kindergarten Endorsement will not post to your transcript. You only need to wait until your grades post for your class to submit your application.
Most School Counseling applicants will follow the First Time licensure application process because this will be their first license with the Minnesota Department of Education. However if you have any previous licensure through the Minnesota Department of Education you will then apply using the Add-On licensure process. Follow all the steps laid out on those pages with the ONLY two exceptions being that you will NOT need to complete a Course Check Off List or take MTLE exams.
You do have one ADDITIONAL step. You will need to email Dr. Robert Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org, to verify your Internship placement. Send him an email, with your specific placement information, following this example format. Click here.
All students should consult with their advisor in the Professional School Counseling Program for full details on licensure options. For more information please visit the Counseling & Student Personal Webpage.
Administrative Licensure includes K-12 Principal, Superintendent, Director of Special Education and Director of Community Education. Most administrator applicants will follow the Add-on Licensure process because MOST already have a Minnesota Teaching License in one area or another. However, if you do not have any type of previous licensure in the state of Minnesota you will need to apply using the First Time Licensure application process. Follow all the steps laid out on those pages with the ONLY two exceptions being that you will NOT need to complete a Course Check Off List or take any licensure exams.
Special Notes for Administrative Licensure Applicants:
- For the Add-on Licensure applicants only. If this is your FIRST administrative licensure than make sure to fill out page 3 of the application packet.
- If your Master's degree is NOT from Minnesota State University, Mankato, you will need to include an OFFICIAL, sealed transcript with your application as it is required by the State of Minnesota as documentation for adminstrative licensure.
For a printable version of the documents you need to submit please click here
You graduated from MNSU with a teaching degree more than four years ago but never applied for licensure for various reasons. You are now ready to apply for licensure. Before you go through the application process please note that you may not qualify for licensure. You were qualified for licensure on the date that you graduated unfortunately standards for teaching evolve and change therefore you may have to take additional coursework, testing, or other requirements in order to meet today’s standards.
A good place to start is by going to the Course List Check off Webpage. Find your Licensure area and look for the courses listed in that Field. If you find that you have any courses missing you will have to have your coursework evaluated. *Please note that Student Teaching experience is no longer valid after 10 years.
What you need to do now if you are NOT up to date on your course work.
If you find that you have not taken all the courses listed in your area's Course List you will then need to find the specific contact in your licensure area please go to our Licensure Areas webpage for a list. You will need to E-MAIL the contact with a full explanation of your circumstances. Make sure to attach a copy of your transcripts for evaluation of your coursework. The contact will then evaluate your coursework and let you know which additional courses you will need to take. This is not a quick process you will need to allow 4 weeks or longer for this evaluation to be completed.
If you find that you are up to date on your course work.
ATTENTION: regardless of whether or not you have taken the courses listed on the Course Check off Lists, if your course work is older than seven years it may be too old to be valid anymore. This can not be officially determined until your coursework is evaluated course by course when you apply for Licensure.
Before you officially apply for licensure you will also need to update yourself on testing requirements to find out if you meet testing requirements. Please visit our MTLE webpage for more information.
You graduated or have had some schooling and want to come back to get a Teaching Degree. Your first step will be to find the specific contact in the area you are wanting licensure in by going to our Licensure Area Webpage for a list. You will need to E-MAIL the contact with a full explanation of your circumstances. Make sure to attach a copy of your transcripts for evaluation of your coursework. The contact will then evaluate your coursework and will let you know which additional courses you will need to take and what your next steps are. This is not a a quick process you will need to allow 4 weeks or longer for this evaluation to be completed.
If you are a former MNSU student you can request your transcript from the Campus Hub.
If you were licensed in another state and are now seeking licensure in Minnesota your first step will be to contact MDE directly at 651-582-8691. They will indicate what you need to do for Licensure. If they say that you need to contact a University for licensure and you have chosen Minnesota State University, Mankato then you need to find the specific contact in your licensure area. Please go to our Licensure Areas webpage for that list. Then you will need to E-MAIL the contact with a full explanation of your circumstances. Make sure to attach a copy of all your transcripts for evaluation of your coursework. This is not a quick process you will need to allow 4 weeks or longer for this evaluation to be completed.
If you are interested in becoming licensed in another state, you will need to check with that specific states department of education and their requirements for Licensure. Each state has different requirements you will have to meet. Many states will require an Institutional Verification Form. If the state requires this form, they will provide it as part of their application process.
It is recommended that you first apply for your Minnesota Licensure. Often times the University cannot sign off on the verification form without you first receiving a Minnesota Teaching Licensure. This will also protect you for future life changes. You do NOT need to keep your Minnesota Teaching Licensure current. We can sign off on out-of-state forms as long as MDE has record that you were licensed. This does not always apply and depends on your area of Licensure and the state in which you are applying.
You can e-mail the Institutional Verification form or other requests for out-of-state licensure to email@example.com Or you can mail it to
- You will also need to email us your University Tech ID#. It is an eight digit number that is also listed as your Student Campus ID, on your transcript.
- We will also need to know your MN File folder number if you were licensed in Minnesota.
We will then mail the signed form to whatever is indicated on the form. Some states want us to mail it to the applicant others want us to mail it directly to the state agency.