How to Apply for Your License

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PROCESS BEFORE BEGINNING!

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

STEP 1:

Download the appropriate application (based on your qualifications) from the PELSB website. Please make sure you are using THE MOST RECENT APPLICATION FORM found here:

https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/apply/

STEP 2:

Complete the Request for Licensure Documentation form found here:

https://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/professional-education/licensing/request-for-licensure-documentation/

STEP 3:

Upon receipt of the above information, a Certification Officer will verify your coursework completion and ensure we have official test scores on file for all required licensure exams. If you have not met all of the requirements, the Certification Officer will NOT sign your form. The Certification Officer will complete your Verification Form (takes approximately 2 weeks). 

DUE TO COVID-19, PELSB is currently accepting electronic signatures from Certification Officers. Therefore, the Certification Officer will return your signed Verification Form to you via emailThe Certification Officer will provide:

  1. A signed Verification Form.
  2. Copies of all relevant transcripts
  3. An approved plan of study (if required for your program – FasTrack, SPED, DAPE).
  4. You must print off the above items and the email from the Certification Officer. Add these pieces to your application packet.

If you do not have access to a printer, let us know.

STEP 4:

Send your entire application to PELSB in ONE packet, this includes: the Verification Form with ALL required signatures, Review & Checklist, transcript(s), email from the Certification Officer, completed fingerprint card, check/money order, and any other required documentation. Refer to the PELSB Checklist (front page of the PELSB application packet).

STEP 5:

As of July 1, 2019, PELSB is no longer be able to issue first-time licenses pending a background check. PELSB must receive fingerprint card results before issuing a license to a candidate. The 30-day processing window will not begin until PELSB has received all application materials and the completed background check. Once they receive the results of your background check PELSB will process your application and send you an email with a link to your license (you can print out a hard copy). Make sure your email address is correct on your application and do NOT use your BSU email address (you will lose access to it after a year). PELSB processing times vary, but they estimate 8-10 weeks.

Note: Once you begin the online application, you will have 60 days to complete it before your application fee is forfeit. Please be sure you can complete your application and mail it to PELSB within 60 days or you will have to repay the fee.

Please visit Frequently Asked Questions if you have additional questions.


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