Teacher Licensure

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam

Teacher candidates in the State of Minnesota are required to pass a series of standardized tests in order to obtain initial licensure. These tests consist of three main parts: Basic Skills Tests, Pedagogy Tests, and Content Area Tests. Each of these tests are further broken down into their own individual subtests.

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations
(www.mtle.nesinc.com)

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) Center
Education Building A131

Phone: (320) 308-3645
Email: mtle@stcloudstate.edu

  • Basic Skills

    • Taken before applying to major (typically in third semester)
    • May need to have attempted exams to take certain upper division courses in major
  • Pedagogy

    • Not needed to graduate but needed for initial teacher licensure
    • Start testing at least three months prior to graduation
    • Two subtests
  • Content

    • Not needed to graduate but needed for licensure
    • Start testing at least three months prior to graduation
    • Two subtests (except for Elementary Education which has three subtests)