Exams for Licensure (NES and MTLE)
The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) requires all teacher candidates to show evidence of taking the NES Essential Academic Skills in math, reading and writing as well as the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE) before applying for a Minnesota teaching license. Registration for the tests is available online at http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/. These tests must be attempted before applying for teacher licensure in Minnesota. Students pursuing Teacher Education should take the NES Essential Academic Skills tests prior to applying to the department. Meanwhile, MTLE content and pedagogy exams should be taken just prior to or during student teaching.
More information about the tests can be obtained at the Education Department Desk (HAB 125) and by following the website listed above. The website also includes sample questions, study guides and testing strategies. These exams are taken by appointment only at approved testing sites which are also listed on the website.