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Board of Teaching

Also known as:
Minnesota Board of Teaching
Active dates:1976-2018

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.


The Board of Teaching was created in 1973 by the Minnesota Legislature as the Teacher Standards and Certification Commission (see Laws of Minnesota 1973, Chap. 749). In 1975 the Teacher Standards and Certification Commission changed to Board of Teachers Standards and Certification (see Laws of Minnesota 1975, Chap. 271). Finally, in 1976, the name was changed to Minnesota Board of Teaching (see Laws of Minnesota 1976, Chap. 222).

In 2017, the legislature created the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, 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.


Eleven members including six classroom teachers and one school administrator who must be fully licensed for the position he or she holds and have at least five years teaching experience in Minnesota; one higher education representative who must be a faculty member preparing teachers; and three members of the public, two of whom must be present or former members of school boards. No member may be reappointed for more than one additional term. In 1978 Board membership was 17 members. Membership of the Board in 1984 was 15 members, appointed by the governor.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Agency heads:

Board Chair: John Bellingham (2015 - ?)
Interim Executive Director: Alex Liuzzi (Summer 2017 - 2018)

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1977-2017.
Record last updated: 05/31/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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