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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

General Information

Subject Matter Test Requirements

The chart that follows provides general information on the MTEL tests that are currently offered to meet the subject matter test requirement for each license. Additional requirements for a license, such as passing the Communication and Literacy Skills test, may need to be met.

  • For a complete and accurate evaluation of the license requirements you need to meet, submit a license application to the Office of Educator Licensure.

  • For general license requirements, refer to Licensure Help.

  • License candidates enrolled in a Massachusetts educator preparation program or an alternative/practice-based program, should contact the Department liaison at their organization for program completion requirements.

Teacher LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest Code
Adult Basic Education (ABE)N/AAdult Basic Education55
Biology5-8, 8-12Biology13
Business5-12Business19
Chemistry5-8, 8-12Chemistry12
DanceAllDance 46
Early ChildhoodPreK-2Early Childhood + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)02 + 90
Earth Science5-8, 8-12Earth Science14
Elementary 1-6General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)03 + 90
English5-8, 8-12English 07
English as a Second LanguagePreK-6, 5-12English as a Second Language54
Transitional Bilingual Learning endorsement (only available for holders of an ELL license)PreK-6, 5-12Exam in the relevant foreign language 
Foreign Language



A Competency Review is required for languages where a test is not offered.
PreK-6,5-12Chinese (Mandarin)29
French26
German27
Italian30
Portuguese32
Russian31
Spanish 28
General Science1-6Competency Review (General Science (10) will also meet this requirement.)-
5-8General Science10
Health/Family and Consumer SciencesAllHealth Education 21
History 1-6Competency Review (History (06) will also meet this requirement.)-
5-8, 8-12History06
Instructional TechnologyAllCompetency ReviewN/A
Latin & Classical Humanities5-12Latin and Classical Humanities15
LibraryAllCompetency ReviewN/A
Mathematics1-6Elementary Mathematics (Middle School Mathematics (47) OR Mathematics (09) will also meet this requirement.)53
5-8Middle School Mathematics OR Mathematics 47 or 09
8-12Mathematics09
Middle School: Humanities(English/History)5-8Middle School Humanities. (English (07) + History (06) will also meet this requirement.)50
Middle School: Mathematics/Science5-8Middle School Mathematics/Science (Middle School Mathematics (47) + General Science (10) OR Mathematics (09) + General Science (10) will also meet this requirement.)51
Music: Vocal/Instrumental/GeneralAllMusic16
Physical EducationPreK-8, 5-12Physical Education22
Physics5-8, 8-12Physics11
Political Science/Political Philosophy5-8, 8-12Political Science/Political Philosophy 48
SpeechAllSpeech44
Teacher of Students with Moderate DisabilitiesPreK-8General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.). In addition, a Competency Review is required for a Preliminary license.03 + 90
5-12General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest) OR one of the following MTEL subject matter tests at the 5-8 or 8-12 grade level: English, History, Middle School Humanities (English/History) (50), Middle School Math/Science (51), Mathematics (47 or 09 only), science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics), or Political Science/Political Philosophy. (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47), or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.) + Foundations of Reading. (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.). In addition, a Competency Review is required.03 + 90 OR subject matter test + 90
Teacher of Students with Severe DisabilitiesAllGeneral Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)). In addition, a Competency Review is required.03
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:
American Sign Language/Total CommunicationAllGeneral Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement. Also, Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) has been approved by ESE to meet this requirement. Please contact the MA Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (617-740-1690) for registration/scheduling information.03 + SLPI
Oral/AuralAllGeneral Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.).03 + 90
Teacher of the Visually ImpairedAllGeneral Curriculum (multi-subject and math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading.(Reading (08) will also meet this requirement). In addition, a Competency Review is required.03 + 90
Technology/ Engineering5-12Technology/Engineering33
TheaterAllTheater45
Visual ArtPreK-8, 5-12Visual Art17
 
Specialist Teacher LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest
Code
Academically AdvancedPreK-8Academically Advanced52
ReadingAllReading08
Speech, Language, and Hearing DisordersAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
 
Administrator LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest Code
Superintendent/Asst. SuperintendentAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
School Principal/Asst. School PrincipalPreK-6, 5-8,9-12Subject matter test not requiredN/A
Supervisor/DirectorBased on Pre- requisite LicenseSubject matter test not requiredN/A
Special Education AdministratorAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
School Business AdministratorAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
 
Professional Support Personnel LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest Code
School Guidance CounselorPreK-8, 5-12Subject matter test not requiredN/A
School NurseAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
School PsychologistAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A
School Social Worker/School Adjustment CounselorAllSubject matter test not requiredN/A


Last Updated: August 5, 2015
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