The Board establishes and maintains standards for the preparation and licensure of teachers by assuring sound and relevant programs of teacher preparation, establishing and revising standards of licensure in instructional areas, approving licensure programs offered by teacher preparation institutions approved by the Board, implementing an assessment system for licensure, and maintaining a system of continued professional growth through licensure renewal requirements.
The Board provides leadership for improving teacher preparation and licensing through research and development on teacher licensure systems, beginning teacher programs, and the assessment of teaching skills. The Board addresses professional practice by suspending or revoking for cause any license issued by the Board, receiving complaints relative to Minnesota Statutes 122A.20 and the Code of Ethics for Minnesota Teachers, and conducting investigations and processing complaints related to licensed personnel. The Board processes appeals resulting from denial of licensure and schedules contested case hearings. It also assists licensure candidates in disputes with preparation programs and determining their licensure qualifications.