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Credit for Attaining Master’s Degree in Teacher’s Licensure Field

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You may qualify for a nonrefundable credit if you are a licensed Minnesota teacher completing a master’s degree program in your licensure field.

Do I qualify for this credit?

You may qualify for this credit if all of the following are true:
  • You began a master's degree program after June 30, 2017.
  • Your program was in reading, English or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, or geography.
  • You completed your program in the year you claim the credit.
  • Your program did not include a pedagogy component. (Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching.)
  • You held a Minnesota teaching license issued by the Minnesota Depament of Education when you began and completed your program.
  • You paid for tuition or required fees, books, or instructional materials for your program.

If you are a part-year or nonresident, you may qualify for the credit based on the percentage of your income taxable to Minnesota.

How much is the credit?

The credit is the lesser of $2,500 or the amount you paid - excluding reimbursement or scholarships - for tuition, fees, books, and instructional materials.

How do I claim the credit?

Complete Schedule M1CMD, Credit for Attaining Master’s Degree in Teacher’s Licensure Field, for the year you completed the master’s degree program.