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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, may need to be met.

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  • License candidates enrolled in a Massachusetts educator preparation program or an alternative/practice-based program, should contact the Department liaison at their organization for program completion requirements.

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

13 — for testing through Summer 2022

66 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Business5–12Business19
Chemistry 8–12 Chemistry

12 — for testing through Summer 2022

67 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

DanceAllDance46
Digital Literacy/Computer Science 5–12 Digital Literacy and Computer Science*

*Competency Review through Fall 2021

71 — for testing Fall 2021 and after

Early Childhood PreK–2 Early Childhood + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)

02* + 190

*02 — for testing through Summer 2022

72 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Earth and Space Science 8–12 Earth Science

14 — for testing through Summer 2022

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

Elementary 1–6 General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.)

03* + 190

*03 — for testing through Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

English 5–12 English

07 — for testing through late Spring 2021

61 — updated test for testing late Spring 2021 and after

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 Spring 2022

64 — updated test for testing Spring 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 Summer 2022

73 — History/Social Science updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Latin and Classical Humanities5–12Latin and Classical Humanities15
LibraryAllCompetency Review-
Mathematics 1–6 Elementary Mathematics (Middle School Mathematics (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet this requirement.)

53 — for testing through Spring 2022

68 — updated test for testing Spring 2022 and after

5–8 Middle School Mathematics or Mathematics

47 — for testing through late Spring 2021

65 — updated test for testing late Spring 2020 and after

or 09

8–12 Mathematics

09 — for testing through late Spring 2020

63 — updated test for testing late Spring 2021 and after

Middle School: Humanities (English/History) 5–8 Middle School Humanities. (English (07) + History (06) will also meet this requirement.)

50 — for testing through Summer 2022

76 — for testing Summer 2022 and after

Middle School: Mathematics/Science5–8Middle School Mathematics/Science (Middle School Mathematics (47) + General Science (10) or Mathematics (09) + General Science (10) will also meet this requirement.)51
Music: Vocal/Instrumental/GeneralAllMusic16
Physical EducationPreK–8, 5–12Physical Education22
Physics 8–12 Physics

11 — for testing through Spring 2022

69 — updated test for testing Spring 2022 and after

Social Science 5–12 Political Science/Political Philosophy

48 — for testing through Summer 2022

73 — History/Social Science updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

SpeechAllSpeech44
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK–8 General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest [Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) 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 Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 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 (47 or 09 only), science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics), or Political Science/Political Philosophy. (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47), or Mathematics (09) 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 Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities All General Curriculum (multi-subject + math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)). In addition, a Competency Review is required.

03 — for testing through Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 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 (47) or Mathematics (09) 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 Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 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 (47) or Mathematics (09) will also meet the math subtest requirement.)) + Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement.).

03* + 190

*03 — for testing through Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Teacher of the Visually Impaired All General Curriculum (multi-subject and math subtest (Elementary Math (53), Middle School Math (47) or Mathematics (09) 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 Summer 2022

78 — updated test for testing Summer 2022 and after

Technology/Engineering 5–12 Technology/Engineering

33 — for testing through Spring 2022

70 — updated test for testing Spring 2022

TheaterAllTheater45
Visual ArtPreK–8, 5–12Visual Art17

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

08 — for testing through early 2022

62 — updated test for testing early 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: April 5, 2021

 
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