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).
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.