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Subpart 1.

Intent of alternative license.

An applicant for an alternative license shall demonstrate skills and competencies needed to perform the functions of a superintendent. This alternative is intended for applicants who do not meet the requirements for superintendent licensure as specified in part 3512.0200.

Subp. 2.

Procedures for licensure.

An applicant for an alternative license must demonstrate that the applicant has substantive experience and education in administration, supervision, management, and executive leadership, in either education, health care, business or industry, labor, or government. An applicant for an alternative license shall:


complete a written application;


provide a written description of the exceptional qualifications;


provide an official college transcript;


document competence in reference to part 3512.0510, subparts 1 and 2, and other educational and leadership experience;


provide a professional resume; and


include letters of recommendation and portfolio examples.

Subp. 3.

Credential review committee.

An applicant shall appear before a credential review committee and present evidence relating to the applicant's proposed effectiveness as a superintendent. Data and information regarding leadership effectiveness shall be presented as testimony from teachers, parents, students, site council members, community members, and other interested persons. The review committee shall consist of a licensed administrator appropriate to the field, a college or university administration preparer, and a member of a local school board or person of similar background. The credential review committee shall make a recommendation to the executive director.

Subp. 4.

Leadership experience.

The applicant shall demonstrate a level of responsibility comparable to the position for which a license is sought and a record of successful and effective administrative behavior. The level of responsibility shall include any administrative, managerial, or supervisory positions.

Subp. 5.


The candidate shall have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and broad formal preparation at the post-baccalaureate level including a master's degree or equivalent in areas such as those listed in subpart 2.

Subp. 6.

Issuance of license.

Initial and renewal licenses shall be issued according to this subpart.


Based upon the credential review committee recommendation, the applicant may be granted a two-year initial license. The board may also identify needed activities which the candidate shall implement during the period of the initial license to strengthen the individual's skills which may lead to improved results as a superintendent. This may include a mentoring experience or specific skills or competencies that need improvement.


The two-year initial license may be renewed for a five-year license after verification of one year of successful administrative experience. Subsequent five-year renewals shall be granted based upon continuing education requirements in part 3510.2700, subpart 4.

Subp. 7.


If the candidate's initial application is rejected, an appeal may be filed with the board within 30 days of the denial.

Subp. 8.


In addition to the license fee under part 3512.2000, subpart 1, the board may charge a fee for the review process to recover costs.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 125.05; L 1993 c 224 art 12 s 34; L 1996 c 412 art 9 s 14; L 2006 c 263 art 2 s 20


21 SR 804; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; L 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; L 2003 c 130 s 12; 33 SR 658

Published Electronically:

October 23, 2008