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MN NES/MTLE Info, Lesson Plans, and Livetext guides

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. The NES Essential Academic Skills exams consisting of reading, writing, and mathematics is required for Tier 3 licensed teachers to move to Tier 4 licensure.  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

To view the testing schedule and other pertinent information, please visit the Testing Center Webpage.  

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

Livetext guides

IMPORTANT - when setting up your Livetext account, make sure to use your email account as the primary email; using any other email address can cause the Field Experience Module (FEM) to have problems in connecting you to SMSU. To change your email address in Livetext, log into your account; go under 'My Account' in the far upper right corner. Scroll down to your Membership info where your email is listed, and click on 'Edit' - then make any changes needed, and click on Save and Submit. 

Student tips and tricks in Livetext

Faculty tips and tricks in Livetext

Faculty guides:

Accessing and Scoring Assignments

How to end an Assignment to allow a student to resubmit

Faculty user guide to Video Assessment

Faculty guide to using Unicheck Plagiarism Detection Service for Livetext submissions


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