Applicants Trained Out-of-State

Basic Skills Testing Changes

A new law (2013 Minnesota Session Law Chapter 116) which became effective at the end of the recently concluded 2013 legislative session directs the Board of Teaching and Educator Licensing to change certain testing conditions for receiving temporary licenses. These temporary licenses do not require passing scores for the Minnesota Teacher Licensing Examinations (MTLE) Basic Skills tests (the Content and Pedagogy testing requirements have not changed).

Teachers who have already been issued a one-year license in Minnesota may be granted an additional one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year even if the teacher has not yet passed one or more of the MTLE Basic Skills tests (Math, Reading, Writing). All other licensing requirements and renewal conditions must still be met. These teachers may renew that temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year without again attempting or passing the Basic Skills tests.
Teachers applying for a first license in Minnesota who have completed a Minnesota licensure program may be granted a one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year if the teacher has attempted but not yet passed MTLE Basic Skills tests. These teachers may renew that temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year without again attempting or passing the Basic Skills tests.
Teachers applying for a first license in Minnesota who completed an out-of-state licensure program may be granted a one-year temporary license for the 2013-2014 school year in order to allow time to attempt and pass the MTLE Basic Skills tests during that year.* A teacher who does not pass the MTLE Basic Skills tests during that year may renew the temporary license for the 2014-2015 school year.

Chapter 116 also creates a Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force. The task force is directed to evaluate the MTLE Basic Skills tests and recommend methods for teacher candidates to demonstrate skills mastery by February 14, 2014. The Board of Teaching must adopt rules by January 1, 2015 reflecting the task force recommendations.

While Chapter 116 provides for temporary licenses described above, in order to receive and be granted a full five-year professional license, a candidate must pass all MTLE Basic Skills exams. Candidates seeking full licensure who have not yet attempted the basic skills tests are encouraged to attempt the tests.

* Note: Passing scores from Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) Praxis I tests taken prior to September 1, 2010, will be accepted if they met Minnesota’s former passing score requirements.