Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
All students in our licensure programs must pass the appropriate MTELs prior to their student teaching (practicum)/internship semester. The vast majority of MTELs are offered through computer-based testing thus giving students more flexibility in choosing dates to test. The sooner you test, the easier it is to progress through our programs. 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 schedule for the MTEL workshops is available here. RSVP with the Office of Student Services at 617.287.7625.
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