Pedagogy Exams

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Exams required by major:

Find out the exams that align with your major here.

All candidates applying for a first time Minnesota teaching license must take ONE of the THREE adopted tests in professional knowledge. The candidate should select any pedagogy test within the grade range for which licensure is sought. If you already hold a license in the state of Minnesota and are seeking an additional license you do not need to take addition pedagogy exams.

MN Professional Educators and Licensing and Standards Board: 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:

Each exam includes two subtests. It is recommended that you take the exams during student teaching.

MajorRequired Content Area Exam 
Art Education
Music Education
Physical Education
Teaching French
Teaching German
Teaching Spanish
Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist (5th Year Licensure)
Elementary  OR Secondary
Integrated Elementary & Special EducationElementary
Public Health Education & Promotion School
Teaching Communication Arts & Literature
Teaching Earth & Space Science
Teaching Life Science
Teaching Mathematics
Teaching Physical Science­Chemistry
Teaching Physical Science­Physics
Teaching Social Studies

Testing for K–12 Licensure Candidates

    • K–12 licensure candidates in the areas of art education, music education, physical education, world languages & cultures, special education (5th year licensure) may choose to take either the elementary or the secondary pedagogy exam.

Double Majors:

If you are double major in a K­-12 program and a 5­-12 program you need to take the Secondary Pedagogy Exam.

        • Example: If you are a Physical Education and Public Health Education & Promotion ­School double major you need to take the Secondary pedagogy exam.

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. 

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