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MN NES/MTLE Info, Lesson Plans, Advising Sheets

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is responsible for overseeing the teacher testing requirements set forth in Minnesota statute and is continually monitoring and analyzing the testing program. 

Teachers in Minnesota are required to demonstrate competency on a series of tests in reading, writing, math, pedagogy, and licensure field specific content knowledge. 

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE)

  • All Pedagogy subtests require a passing score of 240 (on a scale of 200-300).
  • All Content Area subtests require a passing score of 240 (on a scale of 200-300).
  • All MN NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) subtests require a passing score of 520 (on a scale of 400-600).

MTLE and MN NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) Testing Information - use this link as a FAQ sheet for testing requirements, costs, and other test information. 

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS)

Effective June 8, 2016, the MTLE Basic Skills Test was discontinued. It was replaced by a
National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) assessment: Essential Academic Skills, effective August
30, 2016. MTLE candidates will be required to take three Minnesota NES Essential Academic
Skills subtests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. More information can be found here.

More information regarding the EAS tests can be found on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) website. Information such as: Format of each test, Time allotted, Test fees, Score Reporting, Testing Policies, Alternative Testing Arrangements, and Preparation materials available.

SMSU Testing Schedule - updated for Spring 2020

Thursday, January 16 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, January 29 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Thursday, February 13 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, February 26 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Tuesday, March 17 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Thursday, March 26 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Thursday, April 9 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, April 22 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm
Tuesday, May 5 @ 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm

The Day of the Test - what to bring, ID requirements

MTLE Project of SMSU (a study guide reference) - some students have found this helpful in preparing for their MTLE & EAS tests.

Information and resources on the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessments) and implementation in Minnesota

Minnesota edTPA Information

Lesson Plans

Education Department Lesson Plan - updated AY18
Education Department Lesson Plan with Frames - updated AY18
Special Education Lesson Plan - updated AY18 
Special Education Lesson Plan with Frames - updated AY18 
Physical Education Lesson Plan - updated AY19

Last Modified: 12/9/19 4:26 PM