State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Minnesota

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Minnesota has adopted the core leadership competencies for administrative licenses and additional principal competencies. Minn. R. 3512.0510
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Minnesota Board of School Administrators Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.14
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. School licensure programs for principals must include a component that requires a candidate to demonstrate mastery of the program knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the core leadership competencies for administrative licenses and additional principal competencies. Minn. R. 3512.0510

Minn. R. 3512.0400
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. School licensure programs for principals must provide field experience of at least 320 hours. State policy provides additional requirements.

Minn. R. 3512.0400
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Initial Educational Administrative License, a candidate must:
  • Complete an approved specialist or doctoral program, or a program consisting of 60 semester credits beyond a bachelor's degree that includes a terminating graduate degree, that includes topics preparatory for educational administration and Minnesota competencies and is offered at a regionally-accredited Minnesota graduate school
  • Complete a field experience of at least 320 hours completed within 12 continuous months in elementary, middle or junior high and high schools as an administrative aide to a licensed and practicing school principal
  • Have three years of successful classroom teaching experience while holding a valid classroom teaching license.

Note: Candidates lacking three years teaching experience may be eligible for certification if they meet specified requirements.
Minn. R. 3512.0200

Minn. R. 3512.0700
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, education requirements may be satisfied if an applicant completed a state-approved preparation program in a NASDTEC member state or completed a program at a regionally-accredited, state-recognized program that is essentially equivalent in content to Minnesota-approved programs.

Out-of-state applicants that do not meet this requirement may be issued a non-renewable provisional license if he/she provides evidence of enrollment in a Minnesota-approved school licensure programs for principals. At the end of the two-year period, the candidate must meet all requirements for a full professional Minnesota administrator license and be recommended for certification by the Minnesota college or university.
Minn. R. 3512.0300

Minn. R. 3512.0200
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? A preparation program that is an alternative to a graduate program in education administration for public school administrators may be offered at a school district, group of schools or an education district affiliated with a postsecondary institution that has an approved graduate program in educational administration for public school administrators. State policy provides additional requirements. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.27

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