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Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Also known as:
PELSB
Function:

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must license teachers, as defined in section 122A.15, subdivision 1, except for supervisory personnel, as defined in section 122A.15, subdivision 2. The board must not delegate its authority to make all licensing decisions with respect to candidates for teacher licensure. The board must evaluate candidates for compliance with statutory or rule requirements for licensure and develop licensure verification requirements.

The Board must adopt rules as specified in Minn. Stat. 122A.09, subd. 9 and annually collect and report data as specified in Minn. Stat. 122A.091.

Active dates:September 1, 2017 -
Preceded by:
History:

Since 1976, the Board of Teaching had been responsible for establishing and maintaining licensure standards and requirements for teachers in the state, and working with the licensing division at the Minnesota Department of Education to issue licenses to Minnesota teachers.

In 2017, the legislature created the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), which will replace the Board of Teaching on January 1, 2018 (see Laws of Minnesota 2017, 1st Spec. Sess., Chap. 5). This new board will assume responsibility for licensing teachers in the state. In addition to these 2017 changes to the board overseeing teacher licensure, the legislature established a new four-tiered licensing system, which the PELSB will oversee. After July 1, 2018, all new applicants who meet eligibility requirements for teaching licenses will be placed into the new tiered system.

In September 2017, PELSB outlined the following timeline for the transition from the Board of Teaching to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board:

  • September 2017: Board members were appointed [to PELSB] by the Governor on September 12. 
  • October 2017: New board appointees must begin informal discussions on hiring an executive director for the new board. These transition meetings may occur between October and December of 2017. All these meetings are subject to Open Meeting Law and will be posted on the Board of Teaching website.
  • November 2017: Potentially, the position of executive director could be posted. Those decisions will be discussed at the first transition meeting in October.
  • December 2017: Board appointees will continue with trainings to prepare for their term.
  • January 2018: PELSB must meet prior to February 1, 2018. Appointee Hewitt-Olatunde will act as interim chair for this first meeting. A tentative date was established by current board staff as January 12, 2018. Board appointees may choose a different date in January. All staff currently employed by the Department of Education in the Educator Licensing Division and all staff currently employed by the Board of Teaching will transition to employees of PESLB on January 1, 2018. Websites for Board of Teaching and Educator Licensing will combine to a single website with all necessary information related to teacher licensing, teacher preparation, and teacher ethics. No immediate changes will be made to contacts and processes for teacher licensure, teacher renewal, program approval, and teacher ethics.

The executive director of PELSB shall be the chief administrative officer for the board but shall not be a member of the board. The executive director shall maintain the records of the board, account for all fees received by the board, supervise and direct employees servicing the board, and perform other services as directed by the board.

Membership:

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board consists of 11 members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Membership terms, compensation of members, removal of members, the filling of membership vacancies, and fiscal year and reporting requirements are as provided in sections 214.07 to 214.09. No member may be reappointed for more than one additional term.

Each nominee, other than a public nominee, must be selected on the basis of professional experience and knowledge of teacher education, accreditation, and licensure. The board must be composed of:
(1) six teachers who are currently teaching in a Minnesota school or who were teaching at the time of the appointment have at least five years of teaching experience, and were not serving in an administrative function at a school district or school when appointed. The six teachers must include the following:
(i) one teacher in a charter school;
(ii) one teacher from the seven-county metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2;
(iii) one teacher from outside the seven-county metropolitan area;
(iv) one teacher from a related service category licensed by the board;
(v) one special education teacher; and
(vi) one teacher from a teacher preparation program;
(2) one superintendent that alternates each term between a superintendent from the seven-county metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, and a superintendent from outside the metropolitan area;
(3) one school district human resources director;
(4) one administrator of a cooperative unit under section 123A.24, subdivision 2, who oversees a special education program;
(5) one principal that alternates each term between an elementary and a secondary school principal; and
(6) one member of the public that may be a current or former school board member.

The governor shall nominate all members to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. The terms of the initial board members must be as follows:
(1) two members must be appointed for terms that expire January 1, 2019;
(2) three members must be appointed for terms that expire January 1, 2020;
(3) three members must be appointed for terms that expire January 1, 2021; and
(4) three members must be appointed for terms that expire January 1, 2022.
(b) Members of the Board of Teaching as of January 1, 2017, are ineligible for first appointments to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board for four years from the effective date of this section, except that two members of the Board of Teaching as of January 1, 2017, are eligible for appointment under paragraph (a), clause (1).

Agency heads:

Executive Director: Alex Liuzzi

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Record last updated: 12/06/2018
 

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