School Teacher Requirements in Minnesota, MN

Minnesota, ranking 21th in population, has 842,854 students. There are 2,637 public schools, broken down into 1,046 elementary, 291 middle, and 699 high schools. Minnesota’s SAT scores have remained right about the national average the last few years, which is impressive considering a large majority of students take the test each year. Minnesota has a graduation rate of 71% which is above average, and maintains an average high school to college enrollment ratio.

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Minnesota School Teacher Certification Requirements:

  • Provisional Teaching Certificate (valid for 2 years)
  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved Minnesota Teacher Preparation Program
  • Take and pass the Praxis I: Basic Skills Test
  • Take and Pass the Praxis II subject test in desired course material
  • Fulfill state fingerprinting requirements
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete the certification application packed, including transcripts, certifications, and references
  • Pay any applicable fees

Minnesota Teaching Professional Certificate:

The Standard Professional Certificate is issued upon review after the initial 2 year license has expired, this license is then valid for a period of 5 years after which it must be renewed.

Some districts may require additional training and certification.

Minnesota School Teacher Employment Outlook:

Minnesota is currently hiring teachers, and has recently approved a program encouraging technology related teaching assignments. This means that the school district will potentially be looking for educators with at least some formal education along the lines of computer literacy and the such, as the growing emphasis on technology is going to need support from teachers knowledgeable with it. As in most states, Minnesota also values it’s highly qualified teachers, and as such receiving National Board Certification not only makes your resume more attractive but gives you the opportunity for salary increase. There are a few sites online the school districts have posted job offerings for, specific to school and district, however most listed positions are looking for teachers with past experience. On the whole the teaching industry has proved to be a relatively safe job market, and even through the volatile job market of the recession Minnesota teachers faired well. As in any state, it is a good idea to have a Masters or PhD as that is certainly an eye catcher for prospective employers, as well as increased salary opportunities.

Minnesota School Teacher Salary Expectation:

Minnesota is down from 19th to 21st ranked nationally in salary with the average teacher making $50,360 in 2009-2010 (according to Student enrollment in Minnesota has been growing steadily over the last few years and is projected to continue as such, meaning teachers will continue to be needed.. Minnesota has a relatively high teacher salary compared to the average salary in the state, and cost of living in Minnesota is around the national average, so from an economic standpoint Minnesota proves to be an attractive state in which to become a teacher.