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  • Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

    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 or an approved alternative as part of the regulatory pilot, may need to be met. The Department has approved a limited number of subject matter knowledge alternative assessments for specific content areas as part of the regulatory pilot. Please know that candidates must meet specific requirements to be eligible for each of the available subject matter knowledge alternative assessments. Eligibility requirements are provided in the descriptions of each of the alternative assessments.

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

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    Teacher LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest Code
    Adult Basic Education (ABE)N/AAdult Basic Education55
    Biology 8–12 Biology

    13 — for testing through Fall 2022

    66 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    Business5–12Business19
    Chemistry 8–12 Chemistry

    12 — for testing through Fall 2022

    67 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    DanceAllDance46
    Digital Literacy/Computer Science 5–12 Digital Literacy and Computer Science 71
    Early Childhood PreK–2 Early Childhood + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)

    02* + 190

    *02 — for testing through Fall 2022

    72 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    Earth and Space Science 8–12 Earth Science

    14 — for testing through Fall 2022

    74 — Earth and Space Science updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    Elementary 1–6 General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)

    03* + 190

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    English 5–12 English 61
    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, 5–12 Chinese (Mandarin) 29
    French26
    German27
    Italian30
    Portuguese32
    Russian31
    Spanish28
    General Science 1–6 Competency Review (General Science (10) will also meet this requirement.) -
    5–8 General Science

    10 — for testing through Summer 2022

    64 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

    Health/Family and Consumer SciencesAllHealth/Family and Consumer Sciences21
    History 1–6 Competency Review (History (06) will also meet this requirement.) -
    5–12 History

    06 — for testing through Winter 2023

    73 — History/Social Science updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Latin and Classical Humanities5–12Latin and Classical Humanities15
    LibraryAllCompetency Review-
    Mathematics 1–6 Elementary Mathematics (Middle School Mathematics (65) or Mathematics (63) will also meet this requirement.)

    53 — for testing through Fall 2022

    68 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    5–8 Middle School Mathematics or Mathematics (63) 65
    8–12 Mathematics 63
    Middle School: Humanities (English/History) 5–8 Middle School Humanities. (English (61) + History (06) will also meet this requirement.)

    50 — for testing through Fall 2022

    76 — for testing Fall 2022 and after

    Middle School: Mathematics/Science 5–8 Middle School Mathematics/Science (Middle School Mathematics (65) + General Science (10) or Mathematics (63) + General Science (10) will also meet this requirement.)

    51 — for testing through Fall 2022

    77 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    Music: Vocal/Instrumental/GeneralAllMusic16
    Physical EducationPreK–8, 5–12Physical Education22
    Physics 8–12 Physics

    11 — for testing through Summer 2022

    69 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

    Social Science 5–12 Political Science/Political Philosophy

    48 — for testing through Winter 2023

    73 — History/Social Science updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    SpeechAllSpeech44
    Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK–8 General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) 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 Provisional license.

    03* + 190

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    5–12 General 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 (65 and 63 only), science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics), or Political Science/Political Philosophy. (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65), or Mathematics (63) 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* + 190 or subject matter test + 190

    03* + 190

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities All General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) In addition, a Competency Review is required.

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication All General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) Also, Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) has been approved by DESE to meet this requirement. Please contact the MA Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (617-740-1690) for registration/scheduling information.

    03* + SLPI

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Oral/Aural All General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.).

    03* + 190

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Teacher of the Visually Impaired All General Curriculum (multi-subject and math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (65) or Mathematics (63) 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* + 190

    *03 — for testing through Winter 2023

    78 — updated test for testing Winter 2023 and after

    Technology/Engineering 5–12 Technology/Engineering

    33 — for testing through Summer 2022

    70 — updated test for testing Summer 2022

    TheaterAllTheater45
    Visual ArtPreK–8, 5–12Visual Art17

    Specialist Teacher LicenseLevelSubject Matter TestTest Code
    Academically AdvancedPreK–8Academically Advanced52
    Instructional TechnologyAllSubject matter test not required
    Reading All Reading Specialist

    08 — for testing through Fall 2022

    62 — updated test for testing Fall 2022 and after

    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–8, 5–12Please see information about the PAL AssessmentN/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 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: May 24, 2022

     
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