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Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Also known as:
Active dates:September 1, 2017 -

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.

Preceded by:

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.

The Legislature made some changes to PELSB membership in 2023 (see Laws of Minnesota 2023, chap. 55, art. 12, sec. 5-10).


As of 2023, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board consists of 13 members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Membership terms, 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 appointee, 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) seven teachers who are currently teaching in a Minnesota school, have at least five years of teaching experience, and are not serving in a position requiring an administrative license. The seven teachers must include the following:

  • one teacher in a charter school;
  • two teachers from a school located in the seven-county metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2;
  • two teachers from a school located outside the seven-county metropolitan area;
  • one teacher from a related service category licensed by the board; and
  • one special education teacher

(2) two teachers currently teaching in a board-approved teacher preparation program.

(3) one superintendent alternating each term between a superintendent from a school district in the seven-county metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, and a superintendent from a school district outside the metropolitan area;

(4) one educator who oversees a special education program and who works closely with a cooperative unit under section 123A.24, subdivision 2

(5) one principal alternating 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.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

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

Agency heads:

Executive Director: Alex Liuzzi, 2017-January 2023; Yelena Bailey, 2023-present

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, 2018.
Record last updated: 05/30/2023

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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