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MN Licensure Testing

An applicant for a first-time Minnesota teaching license must pass the following:


  • A skills exam in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Candidates may choose one of the following exams: MTLE, ACT plus Writing, or SAT
  • A test of general Pedagogy, which consists of two sub-tests (MTLE)
  • A test of Content Knowledge for the specific licensure field, which consists of two sub-tests with the exceptions of Elementary content knowledge, which consists of three sub-tests (MTLE)
Skills Exam Requirement: Needs to be met by March 15 of year two. If this requirement if not met, students cannot register for required education courses.

 MTLE Testing

MTLE Homepage - Registration


Remediation Requirement: For any of the MTLE Basic Skills tests not passed, two hours of remediation per test must be logged in the Academic Success Center. Although the hours must be recorded in the ASC, they can be completed anywhere resources are available (e.g., online).

Graduation Requirement: Students must show evidence of having taken the required licensure examinations.  MTLE Pedagogy and Content Area tests need to be taken by October 15 or March 15 of the graduation semester. If these tests are not taken, candidates are not eligible for graduation.

Academic Success Center: The ASC offers free MTLE Basic Skills tutoring services for all MLC students. The ASC also has MTLE study guides available on reserve at the Circulation desk. Materials may be checked out for two hours.


Beginning January 1, 2015, passing scores on the ACT plus Writing or SAT exams may be submitted to meet the requirement for a "skills exam" in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics. The Board of Teaching adopted the following passing scores for these exams:

 ACT Testing

ACT plus Writing: Composite Score ≥ 22  AND  Combined English/Writing ≥ 21

  • Scores presented for the purpose of licensing must be the result of exams taken within the last 10 years. Scores older than 10 years will not be accepted to meet licensure requirements.
  • The ACT plus Writing must be taken as a complete exam. Those who have previously taken the standard version of the ACT must take the new ACT plus Writing in its entirety, should they choose this option.
 
SAT Testing

SAT: Reading ≥ 510     Writing ≥ 510     Mathematics ≥ 520

  • Scores presented for the purpose of licensing must be the result of exams taken within the last 10 years. Scores older than 10 years will not be accepted to meet licensure requirements.
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