Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Frequently Asked Questions
What tests am I required to take for a Massachusetts educator license?
In order to meet the licensure requirements, you must pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Passing the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test (reading and writing subtests) is required for all types of licenses (teacher, specialist teacher, support personnel and administrator). In addition, a subject matter test(s) is required for teacher and specialist teacher licenses. For information about specific license requirements, including required tests, see the Department's Office of Educator Licensure web page.
Do I have to take the tests before I apply for a license?
No. You may apply for a license before or after you take the tests. Your scores will automatically be sent to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and will be kept on file until you apply for your license. To apply for a license, refer to the Department's Office of Educator Licensure web page. If you are enrolled in a teacher preparation program, contact your academic advisor for information about program completion requirements.
Do I have to apply separately for my license?
Yes. The Evaluation Systems, Pearson MTEL registration process is separate from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's licensure application process. You must complete applications for both, individually. In order to facilitate the processing of your license application, and prevent delays, use the identical first and last name on both your MTEL registration and license application.
If I apply for licensure in Massachusetts after having prepared in another state, do I have to take the MTEL?
Yes. Out-of-state candidates applying for an educator license in Massachusetts must pass all applicable MTEL tests. No other tests are accepted. However, for some MTEL tests offered in other states (e.g., Foundations of Reading , General Curriculum ), candidates may request to have their scores reported to the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education . Learn more about the Interstate Score Reporting Request.
Am I required to pass a test more than once?
No. Candidates who do not receive qualifying scores may retake the tests as often as necessary at regularly scheduled test administrations.
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