Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) Transition Highlights and Timeline

The 2017 Omnibus Education bill created a new state agency, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), to oversee and implement teacher licensing laws for the state of Minnesota. Beginning January 1, 2018, the responsibilities currently being carried out by the Board of Teaching and the Minnesota Department of Education, Educator Licensing Division, will be consolidated under PELSB.

PELSB will: (1) develop the teacher’s code of ethics; (2) adopt rules for public school teacher licenses and teacher preparation programs; (3) approve teacher preparation programs; (4) issue or deny teacher license applications; (5) suspend or revoke licenses based on qualifying grounds; and, (6) verify district and charter school licensure compliance.

What will change January 1, 2018

Staff: All Educator Licensing Division and Board of Teaching staff will become employees of PELSB.
Website: All licensing information, including educator lookup, will be transferred to the new PELSB website (
Phone numbers: All current Educator Licensing Division phone numbers will be disconnected. The new PELSB phone number is: 651-539-4200.
License expiration dates: All active standard five-year license expiration dates will be extended by one year.

What will change July 1, 2018

New licensing system: All new teacher licensing applications will follow the new tiered system and a new online licensing system will be launched. All teacher licenses with an expiration of June 30, 2019, will begin renewing under the new tiered system starting January 1, 2019.

What will not change

Location: PELSB will remain at 1500 Highway 36 West in Roseville, Minnesota.

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