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MTLE Exam Review (Phase 1)-See email Jane Carlson sent on 9/26/2017 if interested.

On behalf of the Board of Teaching and the Pearson Evaluation Systems Group (MTLE), The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) and Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are currently seeking Minnesota educators to participate in a Test Materials Review Conference for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) program. The conference is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fields and dates are listed below:

  • Bias Review – Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Elementary Education – Tuesday, October 31 through Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Special Education Core Skills – Tuesday, October 31 through Thursday, November 2, 2017

K-12 PE, Music, Art and ESL (Rulemaking change)-6/16/2017:  teachers who hold Minnesota licenses in these fields and are assigned to teach in Kindergarten through sixth grade settings shall be permitted to also provide subject specific instruction to students in prekindergarten assignments: Resolution: PreK Assignments to Teach in Specialty Areas

MDE Staffing Changes:

Nels Onstad, executive director of Educator Licensing last day 6/9/2017:  Interim Executive Director of Educator Licensing-Debby Odell

Teacher Licensure Transition to Tiered Licensing (July 1, 2018 launch date)

Updates/Training/Meetings:

MN Tiered Licensing System Launching in 2018

2016 Legislative Updates for Educator Licensing (Teacher Licensure Testing)

New Application Fees (Effective October 1, 2016)

  • Online first time application:  $90.70
  • First time paper application:  $89.00
  • Online renewal fee:  $58.70
  • Adding a field to an existing license or moving from a limited license to a full time license:  $57.00

Certifying Officer Training (April 2016)

Change from 1 year limited license to the one year standard license (April 2016)

Candidates who were issued a one year limit license for the 2015-2016 year, that license expired June 30, 2016.  In order for the limited license candidates to be eligible for renewal to the new one year standard license a candidate must have attempted any unmet MTLE exam's after the issue date to be eligible for renewal.  The one year standard license also requires a university recommendation.  Candidates will be required to complete the application for an additional license and the license verification worksheet.  Both will need to be mailed to Lisa Kittelson and then Lisa will recommend the candidate for the one year license as long as the MTLE exams have been attempted after the issue date of the limited license.

Transcripts Required for all programs (Effective March 1, 2015)

In order to reduce the need for email communication regarding individual applications, licensure officers will need to provide official or unofficial copies of all transcripts that relate to the completion of licensure course work, for each Minnesota licensure application.

Field Placement Documentation and Licensing (Effective July 1, 2015):

Effective July 1, 2015, licensure certification officers should begin filling out the student teaching/practicum experience portion of the Licensure Verification form.  Although always a part of the form itself, this section has not been required for MN approved licensure programs in the recent past, though this information is needed for the applicants licensure file.  Many institutions have always included this information, but for some this will seem to be a new process.  (Per Minnesota Rule 8700.7600 subpart 3.C.1 -3)

Fields on the license application:


New addition to licensing process...Licensure Verification worksheet:  click here to view the worksheet

Students are now required to submit a licensure verification worksheet along with their licensure materials where they will indicate the following:

  • Test Scores
  • Field Placement Experiences (in blocks  practicum & student teaching)
  • Date EdTPA submitted

This process was created to help speed up the licensure process where the licensure officer will verify all of the information entered and have a documented record to be Imaged with the candidates license application.