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Student Achievement Data

Graduation Rates

Graduates by Program

Retention Rates

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Education Assignment Data

May graduates from the Education program are ready for assignment into the Christian teaching ministry upon recommendation of the faculty. The committee on assignments of calls, consisting of the praesidium of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the presidents of its respective districts, determines the placement of the graduates. The placement figures below reflect assignment data on Call Day for the years 2007-2014. Assignments can and do occur after Call Day which are not represented in the chart.


Not all graduates present themselves for assignment in May. Some choose to work in an international school for one or more years after which they return for assignment. Others have marriage plans which limit their placement availability. Some candidates pursue graduate degrees. As a result, the number of available candidates for assignment in any given year represents both current graduates as well as those who return for placement.

Calls and Assignments

State of Minnesota License Applications

Out of State License Applications



Pre-Seminary Recommendations

Martin Luther College exists for one reason – to train pastors, elementary and secondary teachers, and staff ministers for the pulpits, classrooms, and congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. About a fourth of the student body consists of men in the pre-seminary program. Their course of study culminates in a bachelor of arts degree. To become WELS pastors, these men then study another four years at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

MLC offers also a program of Seminary Certification for non-traditional students, who, because of especially age or other circumstances, are permitted to prepare for seminary in a shortened program. There are two versions of Seminary Certification, one for men with a previous bachelor's degree and one for those without a bachelor's degree.

The statistics below reflect only those students enrolled in the traditional, bachelor's degree program. Seminary Certification students are not included in the data.

Pre-seminary Student Achievement Data (Seminary Certification students not included)

It is worth noting that the rigor of pre-seminary program – essentially liberal arts with a heavy emphasis on Hebrew, Greek, and at least one non-Biblical language – presents academic challenges across the four years of college. The program is quite do-able for the average student who applies himself faithfully. But for the student who is still finding his vocation the demands can be daunting. Hence, in part, the attrition rates. Moreover in carrying out their responsibility to the WELS, the faculty is pro-active in counseling students who lack other, non-academic gifts for ministry to other vocations. This accounts for the nearly perfect recommendation rate at the end of four years.

However, in every class there are students who receive a qualification to their recommendation, a statement both to the student and to the seminary faculty that the young man needs particularly to improve in certain areas as he continues to train for pastoral ministry at the next level.

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Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE)

As of September 2010, the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are the sole means of assessing the basic skills, pedagogical, and content-area knowledge of Minnesota K–12 teacher candidates. All candidates for an initial license will be required to pass the MTLE Basic Skills test as well as pedagogy and content-area tests.

The tests in the MTLE program are criterion referenced and objective based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of knowledge and skills required to perform satisfactorily as educators.

The MTLE are delivered as computer-based tests. Each MTLE test includes multiple subtests, each with its own passing score. Subtests consist of multiple-choice, constructed-response, and/or other technology-supported test items to assess candidates' knowledge and skills based on the test objectives.

Below are the pass rates for Martin Luther College’s students from 2010-2014.

MTLE Pass Rates




edTPA stems from a twenty-five year history of developing performance-based assessments of teaching quality and effectiveness. edTPA requires candidates to actually demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to help all students learn in real classrooms. By focusing on the act of teaching, edTPA complements existing entry-level examinations that focus on basic skills and subject-matter knowledge. At this point in time, MLC’s graduation requirement is completion of the edTPA, although a score of 3 has been strongly recommended.

The scores from 2012-13 and the first semester of 2013-14 was scored locally at MLC. Beginning in 2013-14 second semester, the edTPAs are evaluated by SCALE.

Both Semesters 2014-15

Second Semester 2013-14

First Semester 2013-14

Both Semesters 2012-13

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