Minnesota – State Information

MEA President: Barry Zumwalde
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Kristin Chase  &Casey Clementson
ALF Member Email: advocacy@mmea.org

2020 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/5/2021
Adjourns: 5/2021


Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Tim Walz (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Cheryl Youakim (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Paul T. Anderson (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Rich Draheim (R)

Partisan Split House: D      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 651-296-2314
Senate Secretary Contact 651-296-0504
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Ed Graff

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Leigh Schleicher, ESEA Program Director 651-582-8326
Title IV Director Doug Paulson (651-582-8471)
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Likely the fall. See Title IV website for more details


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

MN Instrumental/Classroom Music K-12
Vocal/Classroom Music K-12
Tier I: 1-year, renew 3 times
Tier II: 2-years, renew 3 times
Tier III: 3-years, renew indefinitely
Tier IV: 5-years, renew indefinitely
NES Essential Academic Skills Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: Instrumental Music or Vocal Music Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: Pedagogy Test (Elementary or Secondary) edTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Human Relations

$90.25 initial application (includes fingerprinting and processing fee)

$57 existing license holders

Yes https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/portfolio/ https://mn.gov/pelsb/ June 2020

COVID-19 Information

2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools

Music Activities and
Performances During COVID-19

Districts can determine whether to start the school year remotely, fully in-person, or in a hybrid model based on the number of new coronavirus cases in their county. The state developed suggested thresholds for when school buildings can reopen, and districts can adjust their learning models throughout the school year if needed.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

MN: Title IV-A funds were utilized at Friendship Academy of Fine Arts to create arts partnerships with local arts agencies. Music and arts are critical to the mission, vision and beliefs of Friendship Academy, since the arts enhance the learner intellectually and culturally.  This funding has brought new opportunities for connecting to other arts organizations that expose students to various art forms and helping to develop the child socially, emotionally, academically and artistically.