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Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations

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 Licensure Exams Link opens in a new window. page on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website for more information regarding 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.

Review the following documents to learn more about the MTLE testing requirements.


For more information regarding Minnesota educator licensure requirements, visit the Minnesota Department of Education website Link opens in a new window..