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Exam Requirement Updates and Alterations

The following is a running list of alterations to the Professional Education requirements concerning licensure exams, from most to least current:

UPDATE: October 22, 2013

Students entering Professional Education are required to take all parts of the MTLE Basic Skills Test in order to register for Education Courses.

Students are not required to pass the MTLE Basic Skills Tests in order to complete their Education degree. The Minnesota Department of Education requires passing scores on all sections of the MTLE Basic Skills, Pedagogy and Content Area Tests before they will issue full-time teaching licenses.

Professional Education will be sending out a letter (in the next two weeks) to students who are not currently enrolled in Education courses as a result of the previous policy. This letter will allow the department to gather information to help prepare for the influx of students. 

Please contact Aspen Easterling, Advising Coordinator, with any questions regarding this policy change.


As of Fall semester 2012, students entering the Professional Education will be required to take all parts of the MTLE Basic Skill Test in order to register for any Education course.

Beginning Fall semester 2011, students entering the Professional Education program will be required to have passing scores on the basic skills tests at the end of their second semester in their education program. If the student does not have passing scores at the end of the second semester, the student will not be allowed to proceed further with education courses until passing scores are documented. Students must have passing scores on the basic skills test to register for student teaching.

In September 2010, the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) became the statewide uniform means of assessing the basic skills, pedagogical, and content-area knowledge of Minnesota K-12 teacher candidates.  As a result, all candidates seeking an initial licensure are required to pass the MTLE basic skills test (reading, writing, mathematics) as well as pedagogy and content knowledge tests.  These new exams will be fully aligned with state Board of Teaching (BOT) rules and standards and will contain the new reading standards, standards of effective practice (SEP's), and technology standards.

If you are already licensed and adding another license, you only have to take the content knowledge test in the new licensure field.

In Spring semester 2010, students entering the Professional Education program will be required to take all parts of the basic skills test (Pre-Professional Skills Test/Praxis I, or Minnesota Teacher License Exam/MTLE) in order to register for any Education course. 

Proof or documentation that the prospective student took the basic skills test must be provided by either a score report, testing center verification, or reported to the BSU Records Department for ISRS purposes.  Students must have passing scores on the basic skills test to register for student teaching.