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Test Preparation Materials and Courses List

PrepForward is a preferred MTEL preparation vendor. It offers MTEL prep online courses designed specifically to ensure you pass your MTEL exams. They feature targeted lessons, interactive exercises, full-length MTEL practice tests, detailed explanations for every question, rich diagnostic data, unlimited access, and expert instructor support. PrepForward's MTEL preparation courses have been used by educators across Massachusetts.

Courses offered:

  • Online Course — MTEL 03 General Curriculum Math Subtest
  • Online Course — MTEL 190 Foundations of Reading
  • Online Course — MTEL 65 Middle School Math
  • Online Course — MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills (CLST) — Reading
  • Online Course — MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills (CLST) — Writing
  • Online Diagnostic Exam — MTEL 03 General Curriculum Math
  • Online Diagnostic Exam — MTEL 190 Foundations of Reading
  • Free Webinar — MTEL 03 General Curriculum Math

Test Preparation Materials

The below listed materials are the only official MTEL test preparation resources and are available on the MTEL website at no cost.

  • Test Information Guides — The booklets familiarize test-takers with the format and content of the tests. The booklets contain detailed information on how to prepare for the tests, including how to develop a study outline and what to expect on the day of the test. The booklets also provide sample test items and responses.

  • Test Objectives — The objectives list identifies content on the tests. The test objectives can be used to develop a study outline.

  • Practice Tests — Full-length sample tests that are similar to operational MTEL tests are available for most fields, and include worksheets for calculating a total score and identifying areas for further study. If you are retaking a test, information from your score report about test subarea performance may also be useful for preparation.

  • Test Preparation Video — The video provides an overview of the study resources available through the MTEL program and how they can be used to help you prepare for the test.

  • Computer-based Testing Tutorial — The tutorial demonstrates how to navigate a test that is given on computer, how to indicate answers, and how to use the features of a computer-based test.

  • Educator Preparation Provider Info — Although designed for use by higher education faculty, this guide provides information that may also be helpful to candidates, including additional sample open response items and analyses for the Communication and Literacy Skills and General Curriculum tests.

Test Preparation Courses

Below is a list of MTEL test preparation courses offered by Massachusetts colleges and universities. This list is provided solely as a resource. The list does not include all available test preparation courses and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of its quality or effectiveness in preparing candidates to pass the MTEL. Please contact institutions directly for current schedules and prices.

Colleges and universities that would like to add a preparation course link to this list may email .

(see website for details)
Bridgewater State University MTEL@bridgew.eduCLST
Early Childhood
Foundations of Reading
General Curriculum - Multi-Subject
General Curriculum - Math Subtest
MS Mathematics
HS Mathematics
See website for course dates and fees.
Eastern Nazarene College
Division of Teacher Education
617-745-3534CLST, once a semester
  • Current students — $20
  • Minimum enrollment — 5 students
  • Registration 1 month in advance of test recommended
Fitchburg State University978-665-3636
Early Childhood
Foundations of Reading
Communication & Literacy Skills
General Curriculum
See website for course dates & fees.
Lesley University617-349-8427
Early Childhood
Foundations of Reading
General Curriculum - multi-subject
General Curriculum - math
Reading Specialist
English as a Second Language
See website for course dates and fees.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts m.delisle@mcla.eduCommunication & Literacy
General Curriculum - Math subtest
Foundations of Reading
See website for course dates and fees.
Middlesex Community College,
Community Education & Training
781-280-3669 CLST
Foundations of Reading
  • $199 for all tests
  • 10 hrs
Northern Essex Community College Community Education at 978-556-3060 Math Skillbuilder Online
Communication & Literacy Skills Online
Foundations of Reading Online
General Curriculum Multi-Subject Test Skillbuilder Online
ESL Online
English Online
History Online
Early Childhood Online

$115 for each online course

Northern Essex Community College offers sign-language interpretation for candidates who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Quinsigamond Community College508-751-7900
CLST Reading
CLST Writing
See website for course dates and fees.
Springfield College
Educator Preparation and Licensure
  • .5 credit, $554.40
  • Monday evenings, 7 weeks
Division of Continuing Education
CLSTSee website for workshop options and fees.
CLST Reading
CLST Writing
General Curriculum, Math
General Curriculum, Multi
Foundations of Reading
Early Childhood
English as a Second Language
See website for course dates and fees.
Professional & Continuing Education
Foundations of Reading
General Curriculum, Math
  • $200
  • Classes on Fridays or Saturdays
Westfield State University413-572-8020
CLSTSee website for course dates & fees.

Last Updated: October 26, 2022

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