Minnesota Substitute Teaching License

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The Minnesota Department of Education Educator Licensing Division issues two Substitute Teacher Licenses: the Two-Year, Short Call Substitute Teacher License and the Five-Year, Short Call Substitute Teacher License. A Two-Year, Short Call Substitute Teacher may only teach for 15 consecutive days in one classroom assignment, in any subject or grade level. A Five-Year, Short Call Substitute Teacher may replace the same teacher for 16 or more consecutive days.

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Education Requirements

Two-Year:
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university. Official transcripts and/or foreign evaluation reports must be provided.

Five-Year:
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved teacher preparation program. Official transcripts and/or foreign evaluation reports must be provided.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Minnesota.

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Experience

Two-Year:
  • No experience is required to receive a two-year, short call substitute teacher license.

Five-Year
  • To receive a five-year, short call substitute teacher license, you must complete an approved teacher preparation program, which means you have completed the required practicum and student teaching portions of the program.

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Criminal History Background Check

For both types of substitute teaching licenses, you must submit a completed fingerprint card with your application to be used in submitting to a background check. You can request a fingerprint card by contacting Educator Licensing at 651-582-8691 or by emailing mde.educator-licensing@state.mn.us. Take it to your nearest local law enforcement office, and they will fingerprint you. Mail the card in with your licensure application. A full criminal history background check will then be conducted.

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Additional Information

To find available substitute teaching positions once licensed, visit the Minnesota Public Schools Directory.

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Contact Information

For more information on substitute teacher licensure in Minnesota, contact the Educator Licensing Division at 651-582-8691 or mde.educator-licensing@state.mn.us.