Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams

(Basic Skills, MTLE Pedagogy, and MTLE Content)

Basic Skills (choose one option)

Print a hard copy of your ACT, SAT, NES prior to Sept. 1, 2016 or GRE; mail to or drop off at Gildemeister 110. MTLE and MN NES - list WSU as a recipient to receive your scores; therefore, you do not need to hand in the hard copies of these score reports.

  1. Take ACT Plus Writing and receive a composite score ≥ 22 and a combined Writing score ≥ 21. Can combine more than one ACT tests with or/or without the plus writing to meet these score requirements, or
  2. Take the MTLE National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills: Scores: ≥ 520 in Reading, ≥ 520 in Writing, and ≥ 520 in Mathematics or (NES) Essential Academic Skills prior to Sept. 1, 2016: Scores: ≥ 205 in Reading, ≥ 214 in Writing, and ≥ 213 in Mathematics. These tests can be combined with MTLE basic skills (Math, Reading, Writing) passed prior to June 8, 2016; always save your test score reports and list WSU as a recipient when it is an option, or
  3. Take the SAT. Passing scores for the 2400 SAT (old) are ≥ 510 on the Reading and Writing Sections and ≥ 520 on the Mathematics section. Passing scores for the 1600 SAT (new) are ≥ 550 on the Reading + Writing section and ≥ 570 on the Mathematics section.
  4. Take the GRE. Taken prior to 8/1/2011 - Verbal Reasoning: 450, Analytical Writing: 3, Quantitative Reasoning: 540. Taken after to 8/1/2011 - Verbal Reasoning: 150, Analytical Writing: 3, Quantitative Reasoning: 145.

We understand that you may have many questions about these tests. The websites above have the most up-to-date information but below you can find answers to several frequently asked questions and you can find resources to help you prepare for the exams on the MTLE Preparation website.

Note: This information is available on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website.

MTLE Pedagogy (choose one option depending on your licensure area grade levels)

The Education Foundation (EDFD) courses will prepare you to pass these exams. Refer to the chart (PDF) for details regarding which pedagogy exam aligns with your teaching program.

  1. Pedagogy: Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 3)
  2. Pedagogy: Elementary (Grades K-6)
  3. Pedagogy: Secondary (Grades 5-12)

Students should pass these exam(s) prior to their student teaching semester.

List WSU as a recipient to receive your scores and save your own score reports.

We understand that you may have many questions about these tests. The MTLE website has the most up-to-date information but below you can find answers to several frequently asked questions and you can find resources to help you prepare for the exams on the MTLE Preparation website.

MTLE Content (choose the exam(s) that align with your teaching program)

The content courses will prepare you to pass these exams. Refer to the chart (PDF) for details regarding which content exam(s) you need to pass.

Students should pass these exam(s) prior to their student teaching semester.

List WSU as a recipient to receive your scores and save your own score reports.

We understand that you may have many questions about these tests. The MTLE website has the most up-to-date information but below you can find answers to several frequently asked questions and you can find resources to help you prepare for the exams on the MTLE Preparation website.

All WSU teaching programs require the basic skills tests, pedagogy and content area tests. These tests should be passed prior to student teaching. The Testing Requirements for Teaching License chart (PDF) details which tests and scores are needed per teacher preparation program.

You can be recommended for a license in any state by meeting the WSU teacher preparation program and test requirements for a MN Teaching License. Each state may have additional requirements. Refer to the individual state teacher education department website for detailed information and requirements needed in any given state.

For a WI license, you must pass all the MN required exams and the additional Praxis II content test.

The Testing Requirements for Teaching License chart (PDF) details these requirements. Elementary majors must complete the Elementary with Early Childhood (Early Childhood needed to teach Kindergarten) or with a “middle level content” minor. Middle level minors must be completed with the Elementary major or the same Secondary Content Major (content: Math, Social Studies, Science, or Communication Arts and Literature).

For an IL license, please refer to their Out-of-State Educator Licensure website.

For an IA license, please refer to their Requirements for Licenses website.

To sign up for the NES basic skills exams:
  • Go to the MN NES website.
  • Click on Register on the top of the site.
  • Create an account.
  • Once the online registration process is complete and the account is set up, a link will be available to the candidate to select a specific test date and location.
  • Follow the prompts. Always list WSU as a recipient to receive scores even if you are taking the exams after you graduate.
  • Answer “No” to the question: Are you pursuing a Minnesota teaching license through the Licensure via Portfolio option?
To sign up for the ACT plus Writing:
  • Go to the ACT website.
  • Click Register on the left side of the site.
  • Follow the prompts.
To sign up for the SAT:
  • Go to the SAT website.
  • Click Register for the SAT on the right side of the site.
  • Create an account.
  • Follow the prompts.
To sign up for the GRE:
  • Go to the GRE website.
  • Click Register Now on the right side of the site.
  • Create an account.
  • Follow the prompts.

To sign up for the MTLE exams:

  • Go to the MTLE website.
  • Click on tests on the top of the site.
  • Create an account.
  • Once the online registration process is complete and the account is set up, a link will be available to the candidate to select a specific test date and location.
  • Follow the prompts. Always list WSU as a recipient to receive scores even if you are taking the exams after you graduate.
  • Answer “No” to the question: Are you pursuing a Minnesota teaching license through the Licensure via Portfolio option? 

The NES exams cost $50 for one, $75 for any two, or $100 for any three.

The ACT Plus Writing test costs $56.50.

The SAT costs $45. Additional fees may apply.

The GRE costs $205.

MTLE Pedagogy and Content Area exams cost $35 per subtest. The test registration fee is $50. This is paid once per test program year regardless of the number of tests taken. The test program year runs from 9/1-8/31. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Assistance Vouchers

Financial assistance vouchers may be available for college students who meet the eligibility criteria established by their educator preparation institution. To apply for a voucher, contact the Dean of the College of Education. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Retake Fee Vouchers

Examinees 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 before registering to test.

Exams can be taken at any location available listed on the test websites.
Official score reports will generally take up to four weeks to be reported after taking the exams. The schedules are available on the websites.

The Testing Requirements for Teaching License (PDF) details these requirements.

If you do not pass a test the first time, you are allowed to retake the test. There is generally a 30- to 45-day waiting period between taking the tests. You will have to register and pay for it again.

You need to keep a copy of your own score report for your files. You will have a 45-day period of time to take advantage of this step. If you do not save your score report, you may need to pay $10 per subtest to obtain your scores. You need to list WSU as a recipient to receive your scores. The WSU Certification Officer will have access to your scores when you list WSU as a recipient; however, WSU does not have access to the individual student score reports.

You do not need to submit your scores to the MN Department of Education.

Many students have shared that it is helpful to not take all of the exams on the same day. It is recommended to separate your exam days so that you can concentrate on one exam at a time.