Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Policy and Information
All licensure program students must pass the appropriate MTEL tests prior to the student teaching (practicum)/internship semester. Students are encouraged to test before applying or early in the program. For more information about MTELs, including registration, fees, test dates, and practice tests, please visit the MTEL site directly at http://www.mtel.nesinc.com
The CEHD Office of Student Services offers MTEL support workshops. Please click here for workshop schedule and registration.
Basic information about the MTEL
Communication and Literacy
This test is broken down into two subtests: reading and writing. To meet the qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Test, you must meet the qualifying score of 240 on each section. If you do not pass one of the subtests you can register to take the subtest at any given test administration. The Communication and Literacy MTEL is required of all licensure candidates.
General Curriculum Test and Foundations of Reading Test
Passing scores on these two tests are required of individuals seeking Initial Licensure as an Elementary teacher, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre--8, 5-12), and Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Individuals seeking Initial Licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities at the secondary level may either take the General Curriculum Test or a subject matter test in a specific discipline taught at that level.
Early Childhood Test and Foundations of Reading Test
Passing scores on these two tests are required of individuals seeking Initial Licensure as an Early Childhood Teacher (PreK--2).
Subject Matter Tests
These tests consist of multiple-choice items and open-response items. The subject matter tests measure proficiency of the subject area at the level required of an educator in the Massachusetts public schools.
MTEL Contact Information
Visit the MTEL website at www.mtel.nesinc.com for internet registration, test objectives, test information booklets, and score reports.
For MTEL updates, test preparation resources, and frequently asked questions: www.doe.mass.edu/mtel
For Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher regulations, guidelines, and applications for Pre-K-12 licenses: www.doe.mass.edu/educators
The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for grade and subject levels: www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks