MTEL and Teacher Licensure
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are a state certification requirement. In order to become a certified teacher in Massachusetts, you must pass the appropriate sections (see below for more information) of the MTEL.
BTR requires all applicants to submit all past MTEL scores. Applicants who have not yet taken the MTEL can sign up for and indicate a future test date on the application. While a passing score on the MTEL is not a strict requirement for admission, BTR strongly encourages all applicants to prepare for and take all appropriate sections as early in the process as possible. Once admitted to the program, residents must commit to taking all required tests at the earliest available test date until all tests have been passed. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Elementary candidates should take both the Reading and Writing subtests of the Communication & Literacy Skills Test and the General Curriculum Test. To receive the elementary license, Teacher Residents will also need to pass the Foundations of Reading Test; most Residents take that test during the residency year, after having completed appropriate coursework in the program.
Middle school and high school candidates should take the Communication & Literacy Skills Test and the appropriate subject area test (e.g., middle school math, high school biology).