Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Frequently Asked Questions

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General Licensure

  • What tests am I required to take for a Massachusetts educator license?
  • Do I have to take the tests before I apply for a license?
  • Do I have to apply separately for my license?
  • If I apply for licensure in Massachusetts after having prepared in another state, do I have to take the MTEL?
  • Am I required to pass a test more than once?


  • Are alternative testing arrangements provided?
  • Do I need a social security number to register for the tests?

Test Scores

  • What if I don't pass?
  • Is there any way to have the test requirement waived?
  • How can I get a copy of my score report?
  • Can I view the test?

Last Updated: March 16, 2022

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