What You Should Know about Teacher Certification in Massachusetts

Remember, for the most up-to-date information, visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website.

  1. What are the different types of teaching licenses and which is right for me?
    Massachusetts offers the following teaching licenses: preliminary, temporary, initial, and professional. To learn which license is right for you, visit DOE Licensure Info.

  2. How do I know which MTEL exams are required for each license?
    MA: The DOE website offers a special tool to determine the requirements for each license. Visit: License Requirements.

What You Should Know about the MTEL

Remember, for the most up-to-date information, visit the official MTEL site.

  1. How do I register for the test?
    You can register for all exam dates online. Click here for details on registration methods and deadlines.

  2. What material will be covered on the exams?
    The official MTEL site provides a list of specific objectives for each MTEL exam that we use in developing our material. You can find the test objectives here.

  3. How long will I have to complete each exam?
    You will have up to four hours to complete each MTEL.

  4. Will I have to take the exam on the computer?
    As of Sept. 2012, many MTEL exams are only offered on the computer. This includes the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam and the MTEL 03 General Curriculum Math exam. We recommend reviewing this MTEL computer-based tutorial before taking your MTEL exams: Tutorial.



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