Re: Out of State Teacher Trying to complete MN License
Posted by Minnesota Teacher on 2/26/08
good Afternoon, Confused in St. Paul:
The first place you should contact is the Minnesota Department
of Education either via the web, by telephone or in person at
their heaquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Roseville.I live
in the area and have gone to D.O.E. a walk-in basis on more
than one occasion to take care of business to the Dept. of
Education building behind the Super Target on State Highway 36
and Snelling Avenue (Hwy 51).
It is not clear to me whether or not you already have Teacher
Certification in the state of Michigan in addition to a
Teaching Degree from Northern Michigan University or not.
Whatever the case may be, bring a copy of your Michigan
Teaching License and all course transcripts from NMU or any
other school you earned credit from along with any proopf of
state or Praxis scores you may have passed to see what
Minnesota License your Michigan Certification would convert to
or if there is additional coursework which needs to be taken
at a Minnesota university and/or additional Minnesota Teacher
Certification Exams which may need to be taken for Minnesota
If there are any additional courses which need to be taken,
they should be able to definitavely tell you which classes
from which colleges/universities they'll accept towards
certification. The colleges will all tell you that their class
will satisfy the states requirement and that you need to take
this whole list of courses whether it is accurate or not;
afterall the colleges want your tuition money. Consult with
the state first and make sure.
Alternative Certification is almost non-existant here because
the teacher surplus is so large here in all subject area's,
and the Colleges of Education in Minnesota turns out more
graduates each year than they know what to do with even with
all the teacher layoffs we have had for decades.
Another thing not working in your favor is that school
districts, local communites, state agencies, and the general
population here are very provincial and tend to look at
college degree's and people moving from other states with a
certain amount of suspicion or mistrust. In many cases people
from the upper-midwest are not real welcoming to those from
outside the immediate area, in my opinion. This maybe a factor
in why no one will give you a straight, clear, accurate answer.
I would even network through a website called
www.imnotfromhere.com It is a group for professionals who have
transplanted and relocated to Minneapolis and St. Paul from
outside Minnesota. They have professional events,networking
and even social events. I've never checked into the group, but
it might be worth it.
Best of Luck in finding the answers you need and getting your
Minnesota Teacher Certification and staying in the Twin Cities.
On 2/23/08, Confused in St. Paul wrote:
> I have a secondary (k-12) teaching license from Northern
> MI University. I have been teaching 9th grade English in
> MN for the last 2 years and would like to continue.
> I can not for the life of me figure out what classes I
> need to take to complete my MN license. Seem different
> whoever I ask.
> Has anyone moved from MI to MN? Where did you complete
> the classes necessary to complete your license? HELP!