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Requirements and Licensure

Adult Basic Education Teacher Requirements

Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers are not required to be licensed; however, employers have the option of requiring a license for employment. In order to receive a formal evaluation to determine your specific requirements, you must apply for a license.

2 types of license:

  • Provisional
  • Professional

Provisional: A Provisional ABE license requires the applicant to hold a bachelor's or a master's degree, to have a passing score on the Communication & Literacy Skills Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), and to have a passing score on the Adult Basic Education MTEL. The Provisional license is valid for five years from the date of issue.

Professional: There are four routes through which prospective and experienced ABE teachers may pursue a professional Adult Basic Education Teacher's license. Each route includes a performance assessment and a demonstration of teaching. The Professional license is valid for five years and renewable for additional five-year terms. It is not necessary to hold a Provisional ABE license before applying for a Professional ABE license.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2015

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