Content Exams

MTLE Content Exams

Exams required by major

Find out which exams align with your major.

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 Professional Educators and Licensing and Standards Board: Minnesota Teacher Licensure Testing Information

When to take the exams

  • IESE and UECH students should take immediately following block 3
  • STEP students should take either during block 1 or immediately following block 2.  Students prefer to take these exams near when the majority of their content courses are finished.  If you have the majority of your content coursework is finished when starting block I, some students prefer to take the content exams early in their block 1 while the content knowledge is still fresh in their minds.

Exam Cost:  Varies by exam

Find your exam and cost online.

How to Register for the Exams

Exam Registration Guide

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

You can register for your exams online at anytime and must take your exams within a year of registering.  For example, you could go online and register today and schedule your exams for 3 months from now.  If it gets closer to the test date and you are not as ready as you would like you can reschedule as long as it is rescheduled at least 48 hours prior to your test date.

Exam Scoring

Passing score is a 240.  Learn more about how to understand your testing results.

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 2 years 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.

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.

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Test Preparation

Click on your major below to learn about your required MTLE Content Exams and Exam Preparation

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Art Education

Required Exams:

  • Visual Arts:  Sub-test 1
  • Visual Arts:  Sub-test 2

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Integrated Elementary & Special Education

Required Exams:

  • Elementary Education:  Sub-test 1
  • Elementary Education:  Sub-test 2
  • Elementary Education:  Sub-test 3
  • SpEd Core Skills:  Sub-test 1
  • SpEd Core Skills:  Sub-test 2

Exam Preparation Resources:

Elementary Ed Exam Preparation Resources
SpEd Core Skills Exam Preparation Resources

Music Education (Instrumental)

Required Exams:

  • Instrumental & Vocal Classroom Music: Subtest 1
  • Instrumental Classroom Music: Subtest 2

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Music Education (Vocal)

Required Exams:

  • Instrumental & Vocal Classroom Music: Subtest 1
  • Vocal Classroom Music: Subtest 2

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Physical Education

Required Exams:

  • Physical Education: Subtest 1
  • Physical Education: Subtest 2

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Public Health-School

Required Exams:

  • Health: Subtest 1
  • Health: Subtest 2

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Teaching Communication Arts & Literature

Required Exams:

  • Comm. Arts. & Lit.: Subtest 1
  • Comm. Arts. & Lit.: Subtest 2

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Teaching Earth & Space Science

Required Exams:

  • Earth & Space Science: Subtest 1
  • Earth & Space Science: Subtest 2
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 1
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 2

Exam Preparation Resources:

Earth & Space Science Exam Resources:
 5-8 Science Exam Resources:

 

Teaching French

Required Exams:

  • French: Subtest 1
  • French: Subtest 2

*Note:  French: Subtest 2 is a paper based exam and only offered 6 times per year.  Plan ahead to ensure you are able to complete this prior to completing the Teaching Spanish program.

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Teaching German

Required Exams:

  • German: Subtest 1
  • German: Subtest 2

*Note:  German: Subtest 2 is a paper based exam and only offered 6 times per year.  Plan ahead to ensure you are able to complete this prior to completing the Teaching Spanish program.

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Teaching Life Science

Required Exams:

  • Life Science: Subtest 1
  • Life Science: Subtest 2
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 1
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 2Exam Preparation Resources:

Exam Preparation Resources:

Life Science Exam Resources:
5-8 General Science Exam Resources:

 

Teaching Mathematics

Required Exams:

  • Mathematics: Subtest 1
  • Mathematics: Subtest 2

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Teaching Physical Science-Chemistry

Required Courses:

  • Chemistry: Subtest 1
  • Chemistry: Subtest 2
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 1
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 2

Exam Preparation Resources

Chemistry Exam Resources
5-8 General Science Exam Resources

 

Teaching Physical Science-Physics

Required Exams:

  • Physics: Subtest 1
  • Physics: Subtest 2
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 1
  • General Science 5-8: Subtest 2

Exam Preparation Resources:

Physics Exam Resources
5-8 General Science Exam Resources

Teaching Social Studies

Teaching Spanish

Required Exams:

  • Spanish: Subtest 1
  • Spanish: Subtest 2

*Note:  Spanish: Subtest 2 is a paper based exam and only offered 6 times per year.  Plan ahead to ensure you are able to complete this prior to completing the Teaching Spanish program.

Exam Preparation Resources

Unified Early Childhood Studies

Required Exams:

  • Early Childhood: Subtest 1
  • Early Childhood: Subtest 2
  • Special Education: All Fields: Subtest 1
  • Special Education: All Fields: Subtest 2

Exam Preparation Resources:

Early Childhood Exam Resources
SPED Core Skills Exam Resources

Post Bac: K-12 Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist

Required Exams:

  • Special Education: All Fields: Subtest 1
  • Special Education: All Fields: Subtest 2

Exam Preparation Resources:

SPED Core Skills Exam Resources

Post Bac: 9-12 Chemistry

Required Exams:

  • Chemistry: Subtest 1
  • Chemistry: Subtest 2

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Post Bac: 9-12 Earth & Space Science

Required Exams:

  • Earth & Space Science: Subtest 1
  • Earth & Space Science: Subtest 2

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Post Bac: 9-12 Life Science

Required Exams:

  • Life Science: Subtest 1
  • Life Science: Subtest 2

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Post Bac: 9-12 Physics

Required Exams:

  • Physics: Subtest 1
  • Physics: Subtest 2

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