MINNESOTA TEACHER LICENSURE EXAMS (MTLE) GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The following information is provided for the benefit of our teacher candidates. It is a compilation of the information available on the MTLE website (www.mtle.nesinc.com). This information is subject to change/revision in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Teaching and/or Pearson Education, Inc. Additional information regarding teacher licensure in the state of Minnesota can be found at:

Minnesota Department of Education

Educator Licensing Division
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 651-582-8691
Web: http://education.state.mn.us
For information about registration, testing and scoring

MTLE Program

Evaluation Systems - Pearson
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004
Phone: 413-256-2887
Toll Free: 800-557-3759
Fax: 413-256-7073
Web: www.mtle.nesinc.com


Beginning September 2010, the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations became the sole means of assessing the basic skills, pedagogical, and content-area knowledge of Minnesota P–12 teacher candidates. All candidates for an initial license are required to pass the MTLE basic skills test as well as pedagogy and content-area tests. If you are already licensed and adding another license, you only have to take the content knowledge tests in the new licensure field. To learn more about the MTLE requirements, download the “Teacher Testing Requirements and Testing Chart” document at: http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_WhatTestsDoINeedToTake.html

 

When Should I Take the MTLE Exam?

Most teacher candidates take the MTLE Basic Skills tests during their first two years of study since it is based on basic reading, writing and math that you have already learned.

The pedagogy and content tests cover everything about teaching and content that you have learned throughout your program, so they are best taken just before you student teach, during your student teaching or immediately following your student teaching.

You must pass all of your required Basic Skills, Content and/or Pedagogy exams related to your major to be recommended for licensure.

What Are the MTLE Tests?
All candidates applying for first-time Minnesota teaching licensure must complete:

 

1)      Basic Skills
The Basic Skills examination includes three subtests: Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Examinees may take one, two or all three subtests at one test appointment. In order to schedule these exams on different days, or at different times, you must put them in your online cart and pay for them one at a time. All Basic Skills examinations are computer based tests.

  Passing score for all Basic Skills is 240.

 

 

READING

WRITING

MATHEMATICS

SUBTEST FORMAT

Approximately 48 multiple choice questions

Approximately 33 multiple choice questions and two written assignments

Approximately 50 multiple choice questions

TIME ALLOWED

Up to 1 hour

Up to 1 hour and 45 minutes

Up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

REFERENCE MATERIALS AVAILABLE DURING SUBTEST

None

 

Written assignment Directions

Rubric/Scoring

Formulas/Constants page

 

COST

$25.00

$25.00

$25.00

 

There is also an annual registration fee of $50.00, paid once per program year, September 1 - August 31, regardless of the number of tests taken during that year.

 

2)      Pedagogy Tests

All candidates applying for a first-time Minnesota teaching license must take ONE of the THREE adopted tests in professional knowledge. The candidate should select any pedagogy test within the grade range for which licensure is sought. (Exception: There is no pedagogy exam for Parent Education)

 

Pedagogy Tests

Early Childhood (Birth- Grade 3)

Elementary (Grade K-6)

Secondary (Grades 5-12)

Subtest Format

Two subtests, computer based, 50 multiple choice questions per subtest

Two subtests, computer based, approximately 50 multiple choice questions per subtest

Two subtests, computer based, approximately 50 multiple choice questions per subtest

Passing Score

240. Must pass both subtests

240. Must pass both subtests

240. Must pass both subtests

Time Allowed

Up to 1 hour per subtest

Up to 1 hour per subtest

Up to 1 hour per subtest

Reference Materials Available During Test

None

None

None

Cost

$35.00 per subtest

$35.00 per subtest

$35.00 per subtest

 

There is also an annual registration fee of $50.00, paid once per program year, September 1-August 31, regardless of the number of tests taken during that year.

3)      Content Area Tests

All first-time applicants for a Minnesota Teaching License and all individuals adding a licensure field to an existing Minnesota license must complete a content exam for their respective field. Beginning September 1, 2010, candidates must take the MTLE content exam (Praxis exams taken after 09/01/10 will not be counted for Minnesota licensure).

Additional information about content exams is available at the following website: http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_WhatTestsDoINeedToTake.html.
  Note: there is no content exam for Parent & Family Education.

All content area subtests cost $35.00, unless otherwise noted. If your content area requires 2 subtests, you would pay $70.00. If your content area requires 3 subtests, that would be $105.00. There is also a $50.00 annual registration fee, paid once per test year (September 1 – August 31).

 

Content Area

Test Format

Time Allowed

Passing Score

Reference Materials Provided for the Test

Chemistry (Grades 9-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 48 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

A scientific calculator, a periodic table and a formulas and constants page are all provided.

Communication Arts/Literature (Grades 5-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 3)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

 

240

 

None

 

Earth and Space Science (Grades 9-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

Three computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

English as a Second Language (Grade K-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Health (Grades 5-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Instrumental Classroom Music
(Grades K-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

Subtest 1:
75 minutes; Subtest 2: One hour

240

None

  *beginning 9/1/2011there are two separate music tests in the MTLE program: Instrumental Classroom Music and Vocal Classroom Music. Examinees should take the test that most closely aligns with their anticipated area of licensure.    

 

 

Content Area

Test Format

Time Allowed

Passing Score

Reference Materials Provided for the Test

Library Media Specialist (Grades K-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Life Science (Grades 9-12

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

A scientific calculator is provided with your test.

Mathematics (Grades 5-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 48 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

A scientific calculator and a formulas page are provided with your test

Middle Level Communication Arts/ Literature (Grades 5-8)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Middle Level Mathematics (Grades 5-8)

Two computer-based subtests, 48 multiple choice questions each.

1 hour and 15 minutes per subtest

240

A scientific calculator and a formulas page are provided with your test.

Middle Level Science (Grades 5-8)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

A periodic table and a formulas and constants page are provided

Middle Level Social  Studies (Grades 5-8)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Physical Education (Grades 5-8)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

 

Physics (Grades 9-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 48 multiple choice questions each

1 hour and 15 minutes per subtest

240

A scientific calculator and a formulas and constants page are provided

Reading Teacher (Grades K-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Social Studies (Grades 5-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Special Education Core Skills (Birth- Age 21)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

Technology (Grades 5-12)

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

A formulas page is provided with your test.

Visual Arts (Grades K-12) **

Two computer-based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

One hour per subtest

240

None

 

 

Content Area

Test Format

Time Allowed

Passing Score

Reference Materials Provided for the Test

Vocal Classroom Music (Grades K-12)

Two computer based subtests, 50 multiple choice questions each

Subtest 1:
One hour, fifteen minutes; Subtest 2: One hour

240

None

  **beginning 9/1/2011there are two separate music tests in the MTLE program: Instrumental Classroom Music and Vocal Classroom Music. Examinees should take the test that most closely aligns with their anticipated area of licensure.

World Language and Culture: Chinese (Mandarin) (Grades K-12)

Two paper/pencil subtests: Subtest 1: one assignment each in interpretive listening, interpretive reading, language acquisition, language structures, and cultural understanding;

Subtest 2: two assignments each in presentational writing and presentational speaking

Two hours per subtest.

$28 per subtest.

Offered three times per year.

 

240

None

World Language and Culture: French (Grades K-12)

Two paper/pencil subtests: Subtest 1: 100 multiple choice questions; Subtest 2: 2 presentational writing assignments, 2 presentational speaking assignments

Two hours per subtest.

$28 per subtest.

Offered three times per year.

 

240

None

World Language and Culture: German (Grades K-12)

Two paper/pencil subtests: Subtest 1: 100 multiple choice questions; Subtest 2: Two presentational writing assignments, two presentational speaking assignments

Two hours per subtest.

$28 per subtest.

Offered three times per year.

 

240

None

World Language and Culture: Spanish (Grades K-12)

Two paper/pencil subtests: Subtest 1: 100 multiple choice questions; Subtest 2: Two presentational writing assignments, two presentational speaking assignments

Two hours per subtest.

$28 per subtest.

Offered six times per year.

 

240

None

 

  MTLE TESTING DATES

When should I take these exams?

Most teacher candidates take the Basic Skills tests during their first 2 years of study since it is based on basic reading, writing and math that you have already learned. Some classes at SCSU are restricted to those students who have either completed or passed their Basic Skills tests.

The pedagogy and content tests cover everything about teaching and content that you have learned while at college, so they are best taken  just before you student teach, during your student teaching or immediately following your student teaching. You must have passed all of your exams to apply for licensure.

  How do I register to take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams?

You can register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the MTLE website

  Registration is a TWO STEP process. First, set up an account at www.mtle.nesinc.com. Next, you register for the tests you need, and pay by credit card. After registering, you will select a time and testing location.

  Note: Candidates are required to bring state-issued photo identification with them to the test site.

 

  How Much Will This Cost?

The cost of MTLE computer-based tests are:

There is also an annual registration fee of $50 that is paid once per test program year (September 1 – August 31), regardless how many tests you take during that year.

Test registration fees must be paid using a Visa or MasterCard only. If you are using a debit card, it must carry the Visa or MasterCard logo and be usable without the entry of a personal identification number. The merchant name that will appear on your statement is “EvalSystemsTestFee”.

 

If you do not have a Visa or MasterCard, contact Evaluation Systems at (800) 557-3759 or (413) 256-2887for information about how to submit payment by check to:

MTLE Program
Evaluation Systems
Pearson
PO Box 660
Amherst, MA  01004  

 

Where Do I Take My Exam?

With the exception of the World Language exams, all MTLE tests are computer based. These exams can be taken at any approved PearsonVue test site. You will schedule your test appointment online, as described above, by selecting a test date, testing time and test center AFTER completing the registration and payment process.

 

In Duluth the testing site:

Pearson

4815 W Arrowhead Rd

North Shore Bank Place Suite 100

Hermantown, MN 55811

Other test sites around the state include

To find a complete list of test sites, go to http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/FindInfo.aspx?c=Test%20Information&q=Where%20can%20I%20test?&t=undefined then under #3 choose the the test, then under Test Sites and click Locate a test Center.

  Are There Any Special Accommodations?

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

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.

 

·         MTLE online resources: There are full-length practice tests available online in Basic Skills and some content areas. Costs for the practice tests range from $14.95 - $29.95. These practice tests will provide comprehensive feedback on your performance and diagnostic score reports. You can find more information about what is available for each specific exam, at www.mtle.nesinc.com > tests.

·         There are other online resources: Check out our website for additional information.

 

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 note 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 (MTLE Program) at the toll-free number listed on page one of this document.

 

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 will most likely only have to take the content knowledge test in the new licensure field. If your initial license was in Parent & Family Education, you will also have to take a pedagogy test.

 

What if I Took a Praxis Test and Passed?

Candidates prepared in the state of Minnesota can no longer take the Praxis exams 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)

 

 

 

If you complete a MN licensure program after 09/01/12 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) August 31, 2012 September 1, 2012 (MTLE Pedagogy)
Praxis II – Content Exams August 31, 2012 September 1, 2012 (MTLE Content)

 

  NOTE:  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.

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