MTEL Early Childhood Test

The Early Childhood test is designed to assess a candidate's proficiency in the following areas: child development, children's literature and the writing process and their core knowledge in various content areas (math, history, etc.). Candidates are also asked to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge and understanding into two well supported open-response items.

Preparing For The Test:

A. Program specific supports for Wheelock Students preparing for the test:

  • Undergraduate students take liberal arts coursework as a part of their General Education Requirements. These courses are designed to cover the various content areas tested on the Early Childhood test.
  • Graduate students will not be taking the content courses that our undergraduate students will be; therefore, requiring graduate students to be responsible for their own learning or refreshing their own knowledge.
  • Depending on their program of study, graduate students will take related coursework. All of these courses, combined with departmental initiatives and supports, build a solid foundation for students planning to take this test.

B. Preparation Sessions and Workshops:

Unless otherwise noted, most of these sessions are free to Wheelock students and alumni only and are not open to the general public. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

  • ACD 306/506 01- Focuses on test strategies, content, and preparation for the Early Childhood Subject Test. Open to alumni, undergraduate, and graduate students. Students must register through Academic Records and Registration. Visit the student portal for course schedule information.

C. Suggestions for Self-Guided Preparation:

  • Create a study guide for yourself. The Early Childhood test objectives are available online. These objectives give you a great framework to build your study guide around. We encourage you to purchase a binder and divider tabs. Each divider tab should represent one objective. The contents within each section should answer to the terms outlined in an objective area. Setting a binder like this up may take some time, but with advanced planning will be well worth it!
  • Practice Tests.One of the best ways to prepare for the Early Childhood Test is to do as many practice exams as possible. Below are sites that offer practice exams which will prove to be helpful study tools:
  • Additional Resources. Please note that these suggestions are based on student recommendations and are not designed to ensure passage on this test, but to help provide you with supplemental information.
    • What Your Second Grader Should Know by E.D. Hirsch
    • What Your Third Grader Should Know by E.D. Hirsch
    • Preparation resources for the General Curriculum Subject Test. It covers the same content areas up to sixth grade, but still is quite helpful.
    • Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). Previous test items are available online.

D. Tips and Suggestions for Taking this Test

Have a game plan for how you are going to approach the test. The great thing about the MTEL is that you are not required to take the test in chronological order-how you take it is entirely up to you. We encourage you to look at the open response items first, set-up an outline about how you are going to approach answering these questions, and then go back to get started on multiple choice items. Approaching the test this way may help to alleviate some test anxiety and set a good pace for yourself with the rest of the test.

Be clear and consistent with your responses. One of the goals of the MTEL is to determine whether or not you will be able to communicate clearly with students and parents alike. This being the case, it is essential that your handwriting on open response items is legible, your spelling and grammar are exceptional, and your answers are well thought out.

Get focused! To calm your nerves once the test begins, it is best to give yourself a few minutes to relax and look over the test in its entirety before getting started. Given that you have a full four hours to take the test, take advantage of a restroom break. Getting up from the test for a few minutes and throwing some cold water on your face will work wonders.

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