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First Time Licensure

Steps for Licensure Information

Follow these guidelines to apply for your first FULL-TIME Professional MN Teaching License:

  • Your degree must be posted on your transcript before the licensure process can begin.
  • You need to pass the Content and Pedagogy MTLE exams in order to apply for a Tier 3 (initial) license. You do not need to have passed the Essential Academic Skills tests in Reading, Writing, and Math for the Tier 3 license.
  • Then go to


  • Click on SMSU Application for Teaching License
  • Print the SMSU Application for Teaching License and fill it out completely.
  • Go to
  • Click on Tier 3 application
  • There is a new online system, but SMSU is recommending that you use the paper-based form for now; you will need to print out and complete this form. (Directions for the online system are still coming from PELSB.) Submit it to the Placement & Licensure office with the other items needed. Complete Sections 1-5. Section 6 is the Verification of Completion of a State Approved Licensure Program; the Licensing Officer at SMSU needs to sign this in order for you to complete the licensure process. Skip Sections 7-8 as they do not apply to you.

You will need a fingerprint card; Go to and under ‘Licensure Requirement Information’ at the bottom, click on Fingerprint Card to request one is sent to you. Once you receive the fingerprint card, make an appointment to get your fingerprinting done at a police station.

  • You will also be asked to pay by check with the application. Make sure this check gets sent to SMSU with the application form.
  • You need to send the following to the Licensing Officer at SMSU:

SMSU Application for a Teaching License form

Tier 3 Application form

Completed Fingerprint Card

Check for the amount listed on Pg. 1 of the Application form made out to ‘PELSB’

PELSB Course Equivalency Form for any courses in your licensure program not taken at SMSU (only for those candidates who transferred courses in to SMSU)

  • Send to:

    Southwest Minnesota State University
    Director of Placement and Licensure
    IL 152
    1501 State St.
    Marshall, MN 56258

  • You will be notified by email when your license application has been processed and mailed. It will likely take 4-6 weeks or longer for your license to be processed. No paper licenses are mailed out. You can check the PELSB website to see when your license has been posted at

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