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MTLE: Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations

Minnesota Required Teacher Licensure Exams

All teacher candidates seeking initial licensure in the state of Minnesota must now pass a series of exams in three areas. These include:

  • Basic Skills Tests
    • The Basic Skills requirement may be fulfilled by passing the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Exam or by achieving particular scores in the Multi-State NES Essential Academic Skills, ACT Plus Writing, 1600 SAT, GRE, Praxis CORE, or GRE tests.
  • Pedagogy Tests
    • Options include Early Childhood Pedagogy, Elementary Pedagogy, and Secondary Pedagogy.
  • Content Area Tests
    • To be licensed in a particular Content Area, teachers must pass the corresponding MTLE Content Area Exam. 

For more details, see Minnesota Teacher Licensure Testing Information. This page includes detailed Teacher Licensure information, including passing scores for the required tests. 

MN NES Essential Skills Prep Books

MTLE Pedagogy and Content Prep Books

 MTLE preparation books you can borrow from the Library.

To search for MTLE content, use the specific licensure name:
MTLE math
MTLE social studies
MTLE communication language arts
MTLE science
MTLE Elementary education
MTLE early childhood
MTLE special education
MTLE English as a second language

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills - Online Course & Practice

Minnesota Online Course and Practice Tests from Longsdale Publishing provides teacher candidates with online study materials and practice tests to help them prepare for the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Exam.

To access online MTLE NES Essential Academic Skills practice tests,

click on the following link:

The above link will direct you to a Web page with instructions for accessing Minnesota NES Online Course and Practice Tests.

In order to user this resource, you will need to create an account.

When you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a user name and password. Please save this information in your files.

MTLE Testing Dates & Registration

UED Liaison Librarian

Dawn Wing's picture
Contact: Dawn Wing, Librarian Library- Room 324
St. Paul Campus

Online Test Preparation Materials Free Practice tests for Content Licensure Examinations

(with free study guides after you take the practice test)


Click on the URL below to access instructions for setting up your account:

Please direct any questions you have about accessing practice tests to:

Marilyn Baeker 


For more information see Minnesota Licensure Test Information