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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.

MN Board of Teaching: MN Licensure Testing Requirements

Exam Cost:

Content area subtests cost $35.00, with the exception of world language & culture (Spanish, French and German $28 per subtest).

    • There is also a $50.00 annual registration fee, paid once per test year (September 1 – August 31).

How to Register for the Exam:

Registration is done online through MTLE. Be sure to indicate UMD as a recipient of your scores.

MTLE Exam Structure and Exam Preparation:

You'll need to take the content test that corresponds to your licensure area. All tests except elementary education include two subtests. Elementary education content tests include three subtests.

Major Required Content Area ExamLicense ScopeExam Considerations
Art EducationArt EducationK-12
IESEElementary Education
Special Education
K-6
K-Age 21
3 subtests 
Scope doesn't align with program (B-Age 4)
Music Education (Instrumental)Instrumental Classroom MusicK-12
Music Education (Vocal)Vocal Classroom MusicK-12
Physical EducationPhysical EducationK-12
Public Health Education and Promotion School Health Education5-12
Teaching Communication Arts and Literature Communication Arts/Literature5-12
Teaching Earth and Space ScienceEarth and Space Science
Middle Level Science
9-12
5-8
Teaching FrenchFrenchK-12Offered 3 times per year
Paper based exam 
Teaching GermanGermanK-12Offered 3 times per year
Paper based exam
Teaching Life ScienceLife Science
Middle Level Science
9-12
5-8
Review exam Reference materials
Teaching MathMathematics5-12Review exam reference materials
Teaching Physical Science-ChemistryChemistry
Middle Level Science
9-12
5-8
Review exam reference materials
Teaching Physical Science-PhysicsPhysics
Middle Level Science
9-12
5-8
Review Exam reference materials
Teaching Social StudiesSocial Studies5-12
Teaching SpanishSpanishK-12Offered 6 times per year
Paper based exam 
Unified Early Childhood Studies Early Childhood Education
Special Education
Birth-Age 3
Birth-Age 6
Scope doesn't align with program (K-12)
5th Year Licensure Program Required Content Area Exam License Scope Exam Considerations
Special Education: Academic Behavioral StrategistSpecial EducationK-Age 21
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Add on to ABS)n/a
Developmental Disabilities (Add on to ABS)n/a
5­-8 Communication Arts & Literature EndorsementMiddle Level Communication Arts/Literature5-8
5­-8 Mathematics EndorsementMiddle Level Mathematics5-8Review exam reference materials
5­-8 Science EndorsementMiddle Level Science5-8Review exam reference materials
5-­8 Social Studies EndorsementMiddle Level Social Studies5-8

Access your scores

MTLE will email a .pdf score report to you on the score report date. It is important that you save a copy of your scores in your Google Drive for your records. Your score report will be available online as a PDF document for 45 days after the score report date. You may view, print, and save your score report from your account during that period.

      • If you did not save a .pdf report of your scores and did not put UMD as a recipient of your scores you can request a score report.

Retake Policy

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

Understanding your Test Results:

The total subtest score is based on the number of raw score points earned on each section (multiple ­choice section and, for some tests, constructed­ response section); the proportion accounted for by each section, if applicable; and the scaling of that score. Raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300.

Test Preparation

    • Review the MTLE Exam Structure and Exam Preparation Table (listed above)
    • The UMD Library has exam preparation materials available for some exams (study guides and practice test), see if your required exams are available.