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Steps to Renew

Steps for Renewing Your MN Teaching License


If you have questions about renewing your license, please check with your site staff development chair person first.

1.  Create an account on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Teacher Licensing website.
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/index.html

2.  Locate your official license. You will need the issuance date located in the upper right hand corner to enter into your PDExpress Transcript when setting the date range.  If you cannot find your license, log into your MDE account.  If you are employed by the Rochester School District and have a Skyward profile, your license information is located in the Certification section and/or tab.  

3. Review your PDExpress transcript(s).  Calculate your hours starting from the issuance date located on your current official license to determine how many clock hours you have.  Please set your date range.  Do you have 125 or more clock hours in the seven subject headings below?
  • English Language Learners (ELL) - One credit minimum
  • Mental Health - (Must be regarding Onset of Mental Illness course) 2 credits minimum.      
    • Effective 8/1/17, the requirement must include one hour of Suicide Prevention Best practices.
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies - any number of credits
  • Accommodation, Modifications and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials and Instruction - any number of credits
  • Reading - 4 credits minimum (effective July 2013)
  • Technology - 2 credits minimum
  • 5-Year Reflection Statement - 5 credits  The most current PGP will be accepted in lieu of a written statement.  The PGP must be dated within the school year of when your license is to be renewed.  (Click here for instructions)   

Next, are the clock hours listed on the transcript in more than one of the categories below?

Category 3: National Organization Certifications

Category A: College Courses

Category B: Educational Workshops, Online classes, Conferences, etc.

Category C: In-District Staff Development Activities and Workshops

Category D: Curriculum Development

Category E: Peer Coaching/Mentorship

Category F: Professional Service

Category G: Leadership Experiences

Category H: Diverse Educational Settings

Category I: Pre-approved Travel or Work Experience

Category L: 60 Deaf Culture/ASL Hours
 

4.  When you have reviewed and determined that your PDExpress Transcript(s) reflects ALL the Subject Headings and two Activity Categories as listed above, email a PDF copy of the transcript to subfinder@rochester.k12.mn.us. Include a short message. i.e. " I have reviewed my PDExpress transcript and am ready to renew my license."

5.  A confirmation email will be emailed when the clock hours have been entered into your MDE profile. The email will either reflect "You are ready to renew your license" or "You are missing a requirement.".

6.  Log into your MDE profile to renew the license. Remember that you will need to have a credit card ready to complete the process.

7.  When the process is completed, MDE will email you.
You are required to email an official copy of the license directly from your MDE profile and NOT the public website to subfinder@rochester.k12.mn.us.

A confirmation email will be sent to you upon the license being received and your Skyward and Aesop profiles being updated.

10.  Log into PDExpress and change your date range (as before under the "Preferences" link) to your new expiration date.

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