Minnesota residents are known for being approachable and warm – in fact, they call it “Minnesota Nice.” But, that’s not the only reason you should consider becoming a math teacher in Minnesota. The state offers several certification programs for new teachers and seasoned professionals alike.
Math Teacher Certification in Minnesota
Math Teaching Qualifications
All Minnesota teachers are expected to complete the required undergraduate coursework, pass the mandated standardized testing and complete an accredited teacher preparation program.
Credentials & Exams
All prospective teachers interested in applying for a classroom teaching license in Minnesota must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination, which consists of three areas of examination. These include basic skills testing, general pedagogy and tests for content knowledge.
Minnesota currently offers six different types of teaching licenses, including a variety of limited licenses.
- First-Time Full Professional Minnesota Education License: This license is issued to applicants who have completed a teacher or administrative licensure program and meet all other stipulated requirements.
- Limited Full-Time License: This license is issued to applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher with (at least) a minor in the subject area requested, but have not yet completed a teacher education program. In addition, applicants are required to obtain a district verification form confirming difficulties filling the position with a fully licensed teacher.
- Limited Intern: This license permits an individual to work under the direct supervision of a fully-licensed teacher for one year while completing a teacher preparation program.
- Two-Year, Short-Call Substitute: This option is available to applicants with bachelor’s degree in an area other than education.
- Five-Year, Short-Call Substitute: This option is for teachers who have completed a licensure program, but are not interested in applying for a full-time teaching license.
- Lifetime Short-Call Substitute: This license is available to retired individuals holding a teaching license.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Minnesota currently doesn’t offer an alternative route to teacher certification; however, individuals who complete a teacher preparation program and pass the MTLE may apply for a limited license.
Financial Aid for MN Math Teachers
- Ross Taylor Mathematics Education and Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to educators attending the annual Ross Taylor Mathematics Education and Leadership Symposium.
- The Arnie Cutler Scholarship for Mathematics Course Work for Middle Grades Teachers: This award provides $800 for coursework for teachers teaching in grades 6-8.
- Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Teacher Incentive Grant: This $1,500 grant is awarded to K-16 teachers interested in implementing innovative math projects.
Math Teaching Degrees in Minnesota
Below we've listed all of the Minnesota math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Minnesota Math Teachers
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts only adopted 2010; implemented 2012-13. Learn more about math standards for Minnesota here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathMinnesota reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in the middle grades.
Expenditure per Student: $11,632
Minnesota’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $11,632, or 105.1% of the national average. (Source: NEA)