MTLEs and EdTPA and other Exams

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams and Education Teacher Performance Assessment

The MTLE is a series of computer exams that you need to complete before you can be considered for licensure. Consider taking the pedagogy series right after your completion of the Foundations Block, and taking the content series right after the Methods Block.

You’ll need to register yourself to take these at a testing center when the time is right for you.

Use this link to find more information about the MTLEs!

MTLE Pedagogy and Content Exams Passing Score:

All Subtests ≥ 240

MTLE stands for Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination. As an education major you have to take the following tests:

Elementary:

- Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, Math (or give your ACT w/ writing score of 22 or higher to Sara)

o Take this around Admissions to the education department

- Elementary Pedagogy (subtest 1 and subtest 2)

o Take after foundations or methods, must be done before completion of student teaching.

- Elementary Content (subtest 1, subtest 2, subtest 3)

o Take after Methods course must be done before completion of student teaching student teaching.

- Elementary English Language Arts/Math/Science/Social Studies Endorsement Test

o Take after completion of endorsement, must be done before completion of student teaching.

Secondary

- Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, Math (or give your ACT w/ writing score of 22 or higher to Sara)

o Take this around Admissions to the education department

- Secondary Pedagogy (subtest 1 and subtest 2)

o Take after foundations or methods block, must be done before completion of student teaching

- Secondary Content (subtest 1 and subtest 2)

o Take after Methods course, must be done before completion of student teaching.


Here is a link to a moodle page to help you find some more info on tests! 


Passing a series of exams to demonstrate competency in reading, writing, math, pedagogy, and licensure field-specific content is a requirement for teacher licensure in Minnesota. 

For details visit: https://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/

The MN Board of Teaching has adopted the following passing scores for these exams:

Ed TPA information 

The Teacher Performance Assessment is a portfolio of reflections about a sequence of lessons during your Student Teaching Semester. It must be completed and passed in order to be accepted for graduation and licensure.

For more detailed information about your specific content area and developmental group, go to the EdTPA website and find your relevant handbook. The general explanation of the portfolio is a series of artifacts(lesson plans, videos, student work), reflections, and commentaries regarding 3 tasks relevant to being an educator. The 3 tasks are planning, implementation, and assessment. At Gustavus, you are assigned a TPA reader that helps you create a stellar portfolio through ethical coaching.

Passing Scores for the 3 tasks within your EdTPA:

  • Task 1: Cutscore 13
  • Task 2: Cutscore 13
  • Task 3: Cutscore 12

Basic Skills Requirements

You will need to prove your competency in basic academic skills for your admission to the department. Below are some ways to meet that requirement. 

Exam Options for Meeting the

Minnesota Basic Skills Requirement

MN Statute 122A.09 Subd.4 (b)


Multi-State NES Essential Academic Skills

https://www.mtle.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/MN188_TestPage.html

Reading: 205

Writing: 214

Math: 213


Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills

Reading:≥ 520

Writing: ≥ 520

Math: ≥ 520


ACT Plus Writing

Combined Score: 22

Combined English/Writing or ELA: 21


1600 SAT (NEW)

Reading + Writing: 550

Math: 570


2400 SAT (OLD)

Reading: 510

Writing: 510

Math: 520


GRE

Taken prior to 8/1/2011

Verbal Reasoning: 450

Analytical Writing: 3

Quantitative Reasoning: 540


Taken after to 8/1/2011

Verbal Reasoning: 150

Analytical Writing: 3

Quantitative Reasoning: 145


For candidates who have completed their teacher training in other states:

Praxis I

Reading: 173

Writing: 172

Math: 171


Praxis CORE

Reading: 156

Writing: 162

Math: 150