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  • 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: July 21, 2021

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