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The Minnesota Department of Education And Winona State University require future teachers to take several tests.  

Admissions - after your first year.  Five weeks before the semester in which you will apply to the Education Program, you need to pass all three Basic Skills Tests from MTLE: reading, writing, and mathematics.  For most incoming students, this means taking the tests the summer after their first year on campus so they can apply at the beginning of their second year.

Licensure - the semester before you student teach.  The semester before you student teach, you must pass the pedagogy test and the content-area test for your license.


The new MTLE (MN Teacher Licensure Examinations) web site is

There is a question and answer page you can examine on this site.  If you click on Tests (look in the dark blue heading on the top of the page), and then click on a specific test, you will be able to find out the test fees, dates, and locations.  You can also obtain practice questions and preparation advice.  Practice tests and study guides are available for purchase.  Rochester is the closest test site for WSU students.  


Tests required for Admission

All students must take the MTLE basic skills test before they can apply to the WSU Teacher Education Program.  You will need to take the tests five weeks before the semester begins so you will have your scores for that smester's admissions meeting.

You must take all three basics skills test, which cost $25 each, before you will be allowed to apply for student teaching.  In order to take any test, you will have to pay a $50 registration fee that is good for one year.

Although you may take all three tests on one day, some students prefer to take one test at a time so they can focus on one basic skill at a time.  

Previously, students were required to take the tests prior to admission, then pass the tests before licensure.  Starting in the fall of 2012, the Education Program changed its requirements for admission applications.   You must pass two of the three tests in order to be eligible for application.

How do I prepare for the MTLE Basic Skill Tests?


Tests required for Licensure

Towards the end of their careers at WSU, all candidates for a Minnesota Teaching License must take and pass a pedagogy test and a content area test for each content area of their Teaching Program.  We recommend taking these tests the semester before student teaching.  The pedagogy test has two subtests that cost $35 each.  The content-area test has two subtests that cost $35.00 each.  All tests require a one year $50.00 registration fee.  

Which tests should I take?


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Page last updated September 2, 2014.

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