MN Teacher Licensure Exams

Pedagogy and Content Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pass all the Pedagogy and Content-Area tests in order to graduate?

No. Passing the MTLEs is not a requirement to graduate from St. Cloud State University. However, it is a requirement to obtain an initial teaching license in the state of Minnesota. Before applying for your teaching license, you must have received the official score reports (email with barcode) for all required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams. For more information on applying for licensure, contact Office of Records and Registration.

When do you recommend taking Pedagogy and Content-Area tests?

There is no set time period for when to take the Pedagogy and Content-Area tests. However, the tests contain material covered in your education coursework. Candidates will have higher chance of passing the tests after taking all major program courses. Often Pedagogy and Content-Area tests are taken the semester before graduation, during student teaching. It is best to communicate with your academic advisor and plan ahead should you need to retake any tests.

Are there any study resources available for Pedagogy and Content-Area tests?

There are study guides and practice questions available for check out by current St. Cloud State students in two locations: The Vera W. Russell Curriculum and Technology Center (CTC) in the Education Building (A126) and James W. Miller Learning Resources Center (Library). The hours for each location vary each semester. The CTC is open only during Fall and Spring semesters.

Reviewing the notes and materials from your major program courses is also recommended.

Official MTLE study guides and practice tests can be purchased through the MTLE website.

Is there financial assistance available to help cover the cost of the tests?

Fee waivers are available on a first come, first served basis to students in significant financial need. Contact the SCSU MTLE Center for more information. If you have failed a subtest three or more times, please contact Pearson directly for information on the retake fee voucher process.

What if I don't pass all the subtests?

Candidates who do not pass one or more subtests 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 note that you must wait a minimum of 45 days before retaking the subtest.

Candidates who have failed a subtest three or more times may be eligible for a fee voucher for subsequent attempts. To request a retake fee voucher, contact Pearson directly before registering to test.

What if I have to reschedule my test appointment?

It is possible to change your test date, time or location through your account on the MTLE website. This must be done at least 24 hours before your scheduled testing time.

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.