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    Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
     

    May 22, 2020

    2020 Minnesota Legislative Updates

    Legislative changes impacting Minnesota's teachers and license applicants

     

    The Minnesota legislature passed a bill (HF 4415) that provides relief to teachers renewing their Minnesota teaching license in 2020 and teacher candidates who completed teacher preparation and are applying for a Minnesota license. This bill has not yet been signed into law.

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    How this law impacts you:

    Teachers renewing in 2020

     

    If you hold a Tier 3 or Tier 4 teaching license that expires on June 30, 2020:

    • The legislation gives teachers an additional six months to meet renewal requirements and for relicensure committees to submit renewal requirements.
    • To teach in compliance with the law, teachers must renew their license by January 1, 2021.
    • According to Minnesota Rule 8710.7200, subpart 8, renewal requirements completed before renewing your license cannot be used for your next renewal period, even if these hours are accrued between June 30 and December 31, 2020.
      • PELSB recommends renewing your license as soon as you are able.
      • PELSB is looking into rule waivers and online system changes that could allow accrual of clock hours during this time to apply to the following renewal period. PELSB will provide updates as soon as we have information.
    • PELSB is working with relicensure committee chairs to support their ability to process renewal reviews.
    • This extension does not impact teachers whose licenses expire after 2020.

    If you hold a Tier 1 or Tier 2 teaching license that expires on June 30, 2020:

    • For Tier 1 teachers renewing for the first time, this legislation gives teachers an additional six months to complete cultural competency training and to attempt MTLE content exams, if applicable for the licensure field.
    • For Tier 2 teachers renewing for the first time, this legislation gives teachers an additional six months to complete cultural competency training.
    • Tier 1 teachers renewing a second time (renewing for their third Tier 1 license), teachers will need to meet all district requirements (e.g. mentorship).
    • To teach in compliance with the law, teachers must renew their license by January 1, 2021.

    Other scenarios:

    • Administrative licenses that are tied to a teaching license will also be extended to allow for administrators who hold both a teaching license and an administrator license to renew both at the same time.
    • Administrators who hold a two-year professional license must renew by June 30.
    • Out-of-Field Permissions and Innovative Program Permissions are not extended and must be renewed for the 20-21 academic year.

    New Applicants for Tier 3 teaching license

     

    If you are applying for a Tier 3 license:

    • Many test sites for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLEs) opened on May 18, 2020. The Pearson-owned test sites are working to offer additional testing opportunities. Pearson-owned test sites are required to meet all safety precautions outlined by the State of Minnesota, which include operating at 50% capacity at this time. PELSB is gathering information regarding the opening of sites that are not Pearson owned.

    • The most up-to-date information on testing can be found at https://www.mtle.nesinc.com/.

    • If you meet all requirements (including passing the MTLEs required for your licensure area) you will receive a Tier 3 license, which is valid for 3 years.

      • PELSB recommends this path, if possible.

    • If you are unable to take the MTLEs required for your licensure area due to COVID-19 closures and cancellations, but meet all other requirements for a Tier 3 license, you will receive a 1-year “Conditional” Tier 3 license.

      • You must apply before October 31, 2020 to be eligible for a Conditional Tier 3 license.

      • Teachers hold a Conditional Tier 3 license must pass the MTLEs required for the licensure area and apply to remove the “Conditional” from the Tier 3 license prior to June 30, 2021. You can “renew” this license (removing the “conditional”) starting January 1, 2021 for the remaining two years of a standard Tier 3 license.

      • Teachers holding a Conditional Tier 3 license who are not able to pass the MTLEs required for the licensure area by June 30, 2021 must apply for a Tier 2 license to teach the following academic year.

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Relicensure Process

  • You can check your expiration date by clicking here, entering your File Folder number or First and Last names and then clicking the DETAILS button. Please note that PELSB does not let you pay for your license renewal until the year your license expires. 

     

  • Saint Paul Public Schools Relicensure Committee

    Saint Paul Public Schools Relicensure Committee verifies and approves clock hour requests as part of the license renewal process through the Professional Educators License and Standards Board (PELSB).

     Material Submission

    Please submit license renewal materials via email at relicensurecommittee@spps.org or you can send via USPS mail or dropped off to Human Resources on the 3rd floor at 360 Colborne Street South, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 

    The Relicensure Committee is not responsible for tracking clock hours. Please submit copies of documentation and keep the originals for individual records.

    Review Process

    After the Relicensure Committee reviews packet information, individuals will receive a follow-up email within 2 days of the Relicensure Committee meeting. If the committee approves the renewal, a link to pay PELSB will be sent via email. Renewal is done online. If the Relicensure Committee denies the renewal, an email will be sent with the reason(s) why the renewal was denied.  

    PowerSchool

    PowerSchool is a database where employees can view and register for professional development courses offered by SPPS. To access PowerSchool, please log on to spps.pl.powerschool.com

    SPPS Employees

    • SPPS employees log in to PowerSchool with their Active Directory username (eXXXXXX) and password.
    • Transcripts can be accessed by selecting Transcripts in the black menu bar. The SPPS relicensure committee requests that users filter their transcript using Section Completed Date From and Section Completed Date To so that it falls within their 5-year license period. PowerSchool provides the option to email the transcript or download it as a PDF.
    • Note about courses transferred from PDExpress to PowerSchool: PDExpress did not categorize specific hours for the relicensure areas. This is a new transcript feature for courses that are created in PowerSchool. PDExpress courses transferred to the general clock hours, in-service, and/or TA-LC as how they were recorded in PDExpress.  For past courses, the SPPS Relicensure Committee will review clock hour categories for course titles that contain relicensure letter areas.

    Retired or Previously Employed in SPPS 

    • Individuals previously employed in SPPS can request their PowerSchool transcript by emailing relicensurecommittee@spps.org and include their full name and SPPS employee ID number.

    PowerSchool Guest Access for Non-SPPS Employees

    Guest professional development is often limited and registration is at the discretion of the department/presenter(s) for a course. Only the courses in which departments and/or facilitators have selected to be open to guests will be viewable when a guest logs in to PowerSchool.

    PowerSchool: spps.pl.powerschool.com

    PowerSchool works best with Chrome as a browser.

    Non-SPPS Staff Login: Guests can request a guest ID by selecting Sign Up on the PowerSchool site linked above. Guests will be emailed confirmation of their login credentials.

    Check out these resources on how to navigate PowerSchool.

     

    Tier 4 Teaching License Renewal Requirements

    To renew a Tier 4 license, individuals must earn 125 clock hours and meet the seven required areas during each five-year licensure period. The following are the seven required areas and possible trainings offered through SPPS that would fulfill these requirements:

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    English Language Learners   

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (O) in the title 
    • Per Minn. Stat. § 122A.187, Tier 3 and Tier 4 license holders have the option of submitting the educator's most recent Summative Evaluation to meet the English Language Learners Requirement; individuals should submit their Summative Evaluation to the Relicensure Committee if they choose this option
    • SPPS educators may submit their TD&E reflection package (IGDP, Student Achievement, Student Engagement) for this requirement if they choose an IGDP goal and/or Student Achievement work that has an EL focus; a completed TD&E reflection package from one school year would be printed from PowerSchool and submitted to the Relicensure Committee

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    Cultural Competency

    The requirement for Cultural Competency is for license renewal effective 2020 from (PELSB)

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (P) in the title 
    • Per Minn. Stat. § 122A.187, Tier 3 and Tier 4 license holders have the option of submitting the educator's most recent Summative Evaluation to meet the Cultural Competency; individuals should submit their Summative Evaluation to the Relicensure Committee if they choose this option
    •  Teachers who must renew licenses in 2021 shall complete cultural competency education, training, or professional development that includes the following components (and required hours) as shown below: 
    • Minimum 3 hours required P1-2hours and 1 hour choice from P2-P7
    SPPS (and other agencies) will be developing specific professional development to provide the required training in time for license renewal in 2021.  NOTE:  Teachers who still need to renew in 2020 (under the extension granted by PELSB) must satisfy the current requirements and this does not apply to those renewing under the current extension.

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    Suicide Prevention

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (Q) in the title 
    • PowerSchool Course #19279: SCHOOLSUPPORT/MLR (Q): Suicide Prevention Training
    • Additional training options are available at

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    Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (R) in the title 
    • Can also find courses online at professionallearningboard.com

     

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    Accommodation, modification and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (S) in the title
    • Can also find courses online at professionallearningboard.com

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    Reading Preparation

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (T) in the title 
    • SPPS employees can access a free online option here
    • Can also find courses online at professionallearningboard.com
       

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    Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

    • Access PowerSchool for possible offerings; courses will be labeled with MLR (U) in the title 
    • PowerSchool Course #19280: SCHOOLSUPPORT/MLR (U): Early Warning Signs of Mental Health Disorders
    • Can also find courses online at professionallearningboard.com

     

  • Relicensure Committee Meetings

    2020-2021 Relicensure Committee dates will be as follows: 

    Thursday, December 3

    Thursday, January 28

    Thursday, February 25

    Thursday, March 25

    Thursday, April 25

    Thursday, May 13

    Thursday, May 27

    Please note that all Committee meetings are closed to the public.

  • Contact Us

    Human Resources 
    Priscilla Hernandez
    651-744-5025

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    Email:relicensurecommittee@spps.org

     

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