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CEHSP Advising & Academic Services


Advising & Academic Services, 120 Bohannon Hall, 1207 Ordean Ct, Duluth, MN 55812

Phone: (218) 726-7156; Fax: (218) 726-7073; Email:

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Required Tests for Teacher Licensing.

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE)


MTLE General Information (Things you need to know)

How can I prepare for the MTLE Exams?

What Tests do I need to take?

Basic Skills Detailed Performance Analysis now available

Testing Dates:     

The test is offered on a computer every day of every month.  Go online to the MTLE Computer-Based Testing Windows and click check real time seat and availability information.  The dates will appear in a pop up window.

Testing Site:

4815 West Arrowhead Road
North Shore Bank Place Suite 100
Hermantown, MN 55811


How to register: 
Go online to and click on Register, create an account and choose the Reading, Writing, & Math Subtests.



Basic Skills Tests

What is it?

The MTLE Basic Skills Test are computer based exams that must be completed in order to become a licensed teacher.  At UMD they must be passed prior to admittance into the blocks for all Teacher Education Programs.

What is covered on the exam?

Exams assess knowledge in Reading, Writing, & Mathematics

When to take:                                                                

It is recommended to complete the exams before the end of your first year   


Content and Pedagogy Tests

There are 2-3 subtests in each category.  All subtests MUST be passed to complete Minnesota state testing requirements. 

What if I passed one subtest but not another within a test?  Do I have to take both subtests?

No. You may register for and take only the subtest that you did not pass. However, you must wait at least 45 days before retaking the same subtest.

Early Childhood 

Required:  (3 tests)

These tests should be taken during the Block III experience.

ECSE - post baccalaureate

Effective 1/1/2011 candidates for ECSE licensure are required to complete

Integrated Elementary Special Education

Required: (3 tests)



These tests should be taken during your Block II experience.



These tests should be taken during your Block II experience.

Special Education:

If not licensed in the state of Minnesota need:

If licensed in the State of Minnesota Special Education Core Skills test are required.

MTLE Reference Guides

Handouts available to students in Advising & Academic Services Office
(120 Bohannon Hall)

Basic Skills Test

Content & Pedagogy Tests


Special Education Core Skills

Learn about exam changes here


The Minnesota Department of Education changed testing companies as of September 1, 2010.  Testing completed with ETS (Praxis) after Sept. 1, 2010, will not be accepted. 

For Praxis I (Reading, Writing, Math) exams completed prior to September 1, 2010, scores will be accepted until December 31, 2015.

Praxis II Content and Pedagogy Exams will no longer be accepted. As of August 31, 2012 any license applicant MUST complete the required MTLE Content and Pedagogy Exams.

Please refer to the links on this page to learn more about the new licensure testing requirements through MTLE.