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The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The Department's office and Licensure Welcome Center are open. The new location has free parking and is a short walk from the Wellington station on the MBTA's Orange Line.
Office of Educator Licensure

ABE Licensure Requirements and Application

Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers provide instruction to academically underprepared and limited English proficient adults, including adult literacy, secondary education for adults, and English for speakers of other languages.

ABE Licensure Requirements

Application Forms and Support Materials


For those applying for the ABE Teacher's license, the license-specific test is the ABE Test Information Booklet, the first of its kind in the nation, which was introduced in 2004 for those pursuing the ABE license. Test objectives, test preparation materials, and test registration information are available on the Department's web-site at MTEL.

Last Updated: January 24, 2024

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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