Reading Teacher License in Minnesota

Jul 03, 2020

The reading license is considered to be a complementary addition to an existing teaching credential in the state of Minnesota. Teachers can take these courses while conducting their own classes as they work to become licensed as a specialist in reading.

Requirements for Reading Teacher Licenses in Minnesota

Average Salary for Reading Teachers in (2019)* $62,410 (Kindergarten), $63,250 (Elementary), $64,790 (Middle), $64,960 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's and additional license through academic program
Degree Field Education/Reading
Testing Requirements MTLE EAS, Pedagogy Test for grade level, Content-Area Reading Test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements for Reading Teacher License in Minnesota

Before earning a specific reading license in Minnesota, educators must go through a proper undergraduate degree program with a teacher education component. This will include student teaching in a supervised setting. For younger classrooms, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares educators to work with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Courses included in the degree program might include literacy methods, instructional planning and assessment, and children's literature. Meanwhile, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education is one example of a concentrated degree program for teaching fifth through twelfth graders. Classes in this course of study can be school health and drugs, educational equity, and methods in teaching ninth though twelfth grade social studies.

Reading specialists can earn their credentials through a supplemental post-baccalaureate program. Additional topics covered in these higher-level classes include digital literacy, instructional leadership in reading, and economic diversity within the classroom. This program might be completed online, allowing existing teachers to structure the reading license courses around their current teaching schedule.

Testing Requirements for Licensed Reading Teachers in Minnesota

No matter the specialty, all teachers in Minnesota must take the MTLE Essential Academic Skills (EAS) exam. This comprehensive general skills test is made of three subsections in reading, writing, and mathematics. All of the sections come in multiple-choice format, with writing asking for one additional long answer in the form of a written assignment. It is up to the test taker how the sessions are formatted; all three can be taken at once, or they can be broken into several test appointments. Passing each subtest with a score of 520 is a requirement for all teachers; failure on any subtest disqualifies the entire exam.

Three different pedagogy tests exist for different grade levels: early childhood (birth to third grade), elementary (kindergarten through sixth grade), and secondary (ninth through twelfth grade). Each of these exams has two parts, and a score of 240 on both subtests in each exam is required for a passing score. Finally, the Reading Teacher (K-12) Content-Area test has the same requirements as the pedagogy exam. All of the subtests cost $47.50 each and take one hour to complete.

Licensing Requirements for Reading Teachers in Minnesota

Minnesota teachers earning a new license as a reading teacher should obtain a Tier 3 license after completing their undergraduate program and passing all of their MTLE tests. With this level of license, teachers are given an initial probationary period of three years. Afterward, once they renew, they are given continuing contract rights, and the license can be renewed an indefinite number of times. Applicants for a license are required to go through a full background check, which will include fingerprinting. At any time, a license can be immediately revoked if a negative report comes back from the investigation. Cashier's checks or money orders can be made out to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension when applicants are ready to submit their applications.

Additional Resources for Reading Teacher Licenses in Minnesota

As you prepare to obtain your reading teacher license in Minnesota, review what will be on the MTLE exams with's practice guides. Using the examples below, you can get an idea of what to expect from the questions that will appear on the tests:

  • MTLE Reading Teacher Practice Guide
  • MTLE Pedagogy: Secondary Education Practice Guide|]
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