Admission to Licensure Program

The Augsburg College Education Department requires prospective P-12 teacher candidates to apply to the licensure program.  This process includes:

  • completing an application in an online system known as Tk20,
  • taking required MTLE-I licensure exams in reading, writing and mathematics,
  • obtaining the recommendation of an Augsburg faculty member,
  • meeting with a faculty advisor in the Education Department.

Acceptance to the program is contingent on meeting the criteria outlined in the document below.

Begin the admission process by requesting an appointment to meet with your education advisor. If you have not been assigned an education advisor you can request one through Cheryl Sticha <sticha@augsburg.edu> or 612-330-1130).  During this time education advisors go over licensure program requirements and courses.

Detailed information about the application process is provided in the following documents:


State-Mandated Testing for Teacher Licensure
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The State of Minnesota requires pre-professional skill testing (MTLE-I–also called the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations) for all applicants to a Minnesota teacher licensure program. The MTLE – Basic Skills competencies are broad, conceptual statements that reflect the general education knowledge and skills an entry-level educator needs to teach effectively in Minnesota public schools. After completing the K-12 teacher licensure sequence, licensure applicants are also required to take a series of tests in pedagogy and their teaching content-areas. These post-program tests are called the MTLE. More information about these tests, such as passing scores and application fees, are available in the documents listed below. These resources were prepared by the State of Minnesota Board of Teaching. Candidates should plan ahead to register in advance of a test date because testing sites can fill up quickly. If a candidate does not pass any sub part of a test, a waiting period of 60 days is required before the test can be retaken.

Assistance with State-Mandated Testing for Teacher Licensure:

There are several resources available to students who need assistance in passing the MTLE State of Minnesota mandated testing instruments. Some of these resources are located at Augsburg College and are available at no charge to Augsburg students:

Basic Skills Preparation at the Augsburg College Academic Skills Office:

Prior to contacting the Academic Skills Office, please meet with your faculty advisor (and/or current or previous instructors) to discuss specific recommendations for you and your current preparation for the MTLE.

The Academic Skills Office is located in the Gage Center on the second floor of the Lindell Library and you can reach them at 612-330-1291.

Academic skills coaches assist students with time management, test preparation, test-taking skills and make referrals to other resources on and off campus.

Student appointments are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. They also work with students online or by phone.

If you have questions about Augsburg’s Academic Skills Office, contact Benjamin Kent, Director of Academic Achievement at 612-330-1291 or <academicskills@augsburg.edu>.

In addition to the no-charge Augsburg assistance, the following resources are also available free the student:

MTLE Resources Available in Lindell Library – Reserves Section:

  • Minnesota communication arts, literature (5-12)
  • Minnesota elementary education (K-6)
  • Minnesota high school mathematics (5-12)
  • Minnesota life science (9-12) : teacher certification
  • Minnesota middle level mathematics (5-8)
  • Minnesota middle level science (5-8) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota pedagogy : elementary (K-6)
  • Minnesota special education core skills (birth to age 21) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota world language and culture: Spanish (K-12) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota communication arts, literature (5-12)
  • Minnesota communication arts, literature (5-12) practice test 1
  • Minnesota communication arts, literature (5-12) practice test 2
  • Minnesota elementary education (K-6)
  • Minnesota elementary education (K-6) practice test 1
  • Minnesota elementary education (K-6) practice test 2
  • Minnesota high school mathematics (5-12)
  • Minnesota high school mathematics (5-12) practice test 1
  • Minnesota high school mathematics (5-12) practice test 2
  • Minnesota life science (9-12) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota middle level mathematics (5-8)
  • Minnesota middle level mathematics (5-8) practice test 1
  • Minnesota middle level mathematics (5-8) practice test 2
  • Minnesota middle level science (5-8) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota pedagogy : elementary (K-6)
  • Minnesota pedagogy : elementary (K-6) practice test 1
  • Minnesota pedagogy : Elementary (K-6) practice test 2
  • Minnesota special education core skills (birth to age 21) practice test 1
  • Minnesota special education core skills (birth to age 21) practice test 2
  • Minnesota special education core skills (birth to age 21) : teacher certification exam
  • Minnesota world language and culture: Spanish (K-12) : teacher certification exam

Khan Academy

  • Kahn Academy offers free explanations of many basic math questions and problems which may be applicable to the MTLE Basic Skills Test.

Some of the following resources are only available for a fee.

MTLE Basic Skills Exam – Study Materials from Pearson

MTLE Expanded Guides, available for Basic Skills, Pedagogy, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Communication Arts/Literature, and Social Studies, are aligned to MTLE test content, featuring sample questions with correct response rationales, annotated test frameworks, a score report interpretation guide, and other helpful study tools. NES Prep, a series of online-based study guides for 12 test fields, may be a helpful additional resource for MTLE candidates. Students begin with a diagnostic test to determine areas of strength and where more study may be needed. Instructional content, divided into chapters by topic, includes multimedia elements such as videos, and offers abundant exercises to review key concepts.

There is a charge of $20.00 per test for these guides.

To learn more about these study tools for MTLE teacher licensure candidates, visit <http://www.mtle.nesinc.com>.

Additional Study Guides

There are currently 10 MTLE study guides for subject areas including some of the most popular endorsements: MTLE Pedagogy Elementary, MTLE Special Education Core Skills, MTLE Life Science, MTLE Middle Level Science, MTLE High School Mathematics, and MTLE Communication Arts/Literature. These guides are aligned with current state standards and feature a complete practice test that includes test question rigor and skill reference, as well as full answer rationale.

Other Sources from Other States

The MTLE represents a list of competencies, and those competencies are found in other states where Pearson is the test company. However, the material(s) represent examples from other states and should be reviewed carefully.

Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure

  • Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure Web SIte
  • Instructions: Click on the “Practice Tests” on the left toolbar.  Students may print and study the the “Reading Subtest” and “Writing Subtest” and the “Math Subtest” and “Test Analysis.”  The web site gives diagnostic information and explanations for right and wrong answers.

California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

Michigan State Teachers Certification Exam (MTTC)

Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE)

Note: The last section’s resources are borrowed with permission from the Minnesota State University – Mankato, Office of Academic Advising website.

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