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Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations

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What Tests Do I Need to Take?

All candidates seeking an initial license are required to demonstrate basic skills competency and pass Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations that assess pedagogical and content-area knowledge. Beginning January 1, 2015, candidates seeking an initial license may demonstrate basic skills competency through the MN NES Essential Academic Skills examination, the ACT Plus Writing, or the SAT. Pedagogical and content-area knowledge are assessed through the MTLE.

Visit the License Requirements opens in a new window. page on the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website for more information about testing requirements, including the current options for meeting the basic skills requirement.

If you are already licensed and adding another license, you only have to take the content-area examination in the new licensure field.

For more information regarding Minnesota educator licensure requirements, visit the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website opens in a new window..