Minnesota Alternative Teaching Certification Programs

Aspiring teachers seeking an alternative route into Minnesota's classrooms will find themselves in limbo at this time. Licensure via Portfolio, a process that assessed the knowledge, skills and competencies of applicants who had not completed an approved teacher education program, was the primary alternative pathway to full professional licensure. However, beginning November 15, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) suspended this program while it restructures the requirements and guidelines for the application process.

Traditional On Campus Programs:

Featured Online Programs:

Online programs may not be available in all states

Those who submitted eligibility applications prior to November 15 should have received determinations by December 1 and may submit portfolios through February 2012.

MDE expects to release new guidelines and requirements in March, 2012. Interested candidates should visit the MDE website, www.education.state.mn.us, for updates.

Although no information is available about what the new guidelines might entail, Minnesota does have a history of being open to alternative certification. According to a report by the National Center for Alternative Education, Minnesota issued 84 teaching certificates in 2008-2009 to individuals entering the profession through an alternate route. It issued 66 certificates to such candidates in 2007-2008.

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