Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any special accommodations?

In general, test sessions have been designed to allow sufficient time to complete the test.

  • Individuals with a documented disability may submit a request for alternative testing arrangements, including additional time, at the time of registration. During the registration process you will be asked if you are requesting alternative testing arrangements. You will be required to submit a signed statement from a qualified professional describing your diagnosis or disability. In addition, you will complete the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form.
  • Individuals for whom English is not a primary language may request an extension of testing time, up to one-and-a-half times the standard test session length. All requests for additional time require appropriate documentation and are subject to approval. To request additional time for this reason, you must submit a completed Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form, and submit documentation that certifies that English is not your primary language.

The process for requesting accomodations can be time consuming. If you have not heard about the outcome of your request within two weeks, please contact the Director of the MTLE Center at SCSU, at 320-308-3023. More information about this topic can be found at www.mtle.nesinc.com > Get Information > Requesting Additional Time.

What if I don’t pass all the subtests?

Candidates who do not pass one or more subtest will have to retake just the portion that they did not pass. If you wish to retake a subtest, you must complete the registration process again. Please not that you must wait a minimum of 45 days before retaking the subtest.

Candidates who have failed a subtest five or more times may be eligible for a fee voucher for subsequent attempts. To request a retake fee voucher, contact Evaluation Systems as described above.  

What if I am adding a new licensure area to an existing Minnesota teaching license?

If you are already licensed in the state of Minnesota and are adding another license, you only have to take the content knowledge test in the new licensure field.

What if I took a Praxis test and passed?

Once the MTLE tests are launched on September 1, 2010, candidates prepared in the state of Minnesota cannot take the Praxis exam for Minnesota licensure. However, if you took the Praxis exam prior to September 1, 2010 the Board of Teaching will accept the scores for the time periods listed below:

If you completed a MN licensure program
and took the test before 09/01/10

Passing Score Accepted Until

Date by which only
MTLE will be accepted

PPST (Praxis I – Basic skills in
Reading, Writing, Mathematics)

December 31, 2015

January 1, 2016
(MTLE Basic Skills)

PLT (Praxis II – Principles of Learning and Teaching)

August 31, 2012

September 1, 2012
(MTLE Pedagogy)

Praxis II – Content Exams

August 31, 2012

September 1, 2012
(MTLE Content)

 

If you complete a MN licensure program between 09/01/10 and 08/31/12 AND took
the test before 09/01/10

Passing Score
Accepted Until

Date by which only
MTLE will be accepted

PPST (Praxis I – Basic skills in Reading,
Writing, Mathematics)

December 31, 2015

January 1, 2016
(MTLE Basic Skills)

PLT (Praxis II – Principles of Learning and Teaching)

December 31, 2015

January 1, 2016
(MTLE Pedagogy)

Praxis II – Content Exams

December 31, 2015

January 1, 2016
(MTLE Content)


Candidates may use a combination of Praxis and MTLE scores, as long as the Praxis scores fall within the timelines defined above.

What if I am licensed to teach in another state?

All teachers must pass the MTLE tests in order to be licensed in the state of Minnesota. This includes the Basic Skills tests in reading, writing and math, a pedagogy test and the content knowledge test(s) specific to their licensure field.

A teacher from another state can apply for a one-year license which allows a teacher one year to teach while attempting to pass the MTLE tests. This license can be renewed twice during a three year period before the teacher must have met all the Minnesota teaching requirements.

For more information regarding a one-year license, contact the Educator Licensing Division at the Minnesota Department of Education, by phone at (651) 582-8691, or by email at mde.educator-licensing@state.mn.us.