Minnesota may roll back tiered licensure system for teachers

In 2017, amid severe teacher shortages, Minnesota created a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and a four-tier licensure system, allowing those who completed a Minnesota educator preparation program to be licensed at tier 3 or 4 and those without an in-state degree to demonstrate their qualifications for a temporary tier 1 or 2 license through other credentials or classroom experience. Legislators are now considering elimination of the alternate pathways, potentially affecting 4,400 educators and requiring them to re-earn credentials at a traditional college of education once their temporary license expires.

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