Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) program was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1998 as part of a statewide education reform initiative for educators seeking PreKindergarten to grade 12 licenses.

The MTEL program includes tests of communication and literacy skills, as well as tests of subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians, and other educators and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought.

Massachusetts law requires that candidates for teaching positions in Massachusetts public schools must:

  • Complete a state-approved program of study.
  • Pass the appropriate section(s) of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

MTEL Test Prep and Study Guides

The MTELs are rigorous tests. But Wheelock offers a variety of resources and preparation sessions to help our students and alumni prepare.

Study Guides: Visit the links in the left navigation for study tips and lists of websites that can help you prepare for each of the subject tests.

On-Campus Test Prep: Learn about Wheelock's free on-campus prep courses, including which prep course is right for you, a current prep course schedule, and course registration information.

Get More Information

MTEL FAQ: Learn more about Wheelock's MTEL policy and teacher licensure, and find links to the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) and Pearson Evaluation Systems.

MTEL Matters: Get the current Student Guide to the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Visit the official MTEL website, where you can see a current MTEL exam schedule, take practice tests, or register to take your MTELs. 

Checked out the links above and still have questions? Contact us at MTELPrep@wheelock.edu.

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