Answers to your questions about the various aspects of MTELs, with links to other pertinent websites (MTEL program and ESE).
Lesley's Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure Student Guide contains answers to most questions. Also, review MTEL Questions and Answers on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
What MTEL tests are required for my license? The
Communication and Literacy MTEL is needed for all types of educator licenses
(teachers, specialists, support personnel and administrators). In
addition, subject matter tests are required for all teaching and
specialist teaching subject areas. The Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) website contains the list of required MTEL exams for each licensure area and Lesley's MTEL Student Guide lists required MTELs by Lesley licensure programs. When should I take my MTELs?Advance planning is critical. It helps to work backwards, taking into consideration the length of your program, when you plan to finish, when you plan to do your practicum, and how many MTELs are required for your license. Communication and Literacy Skills, required for all licenses, has two subtests: Reading and Writing. The subtests can be taken together in one 4-hour testing administration, or separately in two different 4-hour test administrations. Education coursework is not required to pass the C&L test. The test is offered daily in a computer-based format.General Curriculum, required for the Elementary, Moderate and Severe Disabilities licenses, also has two subtests: Math and Multi-Subject. The subtests can be taken together or separately. Talk with your assistant director for academic advising for help with scheduling MTELs. Also, if you have had testing accommodations in the past, or think you might need accommodations, you will require extra time and planning. Contact Lesley's Disabilities Services Office. Tests are offered daily throughout the year in a computer-based format.When is the next MTEL test date?Test dates are available at the ESE MTEL Test page. Computer-based testing is available year-round, by appointment. How do I register for the MTELs? Register online at the ESE MTEL website. For candidates who have previously registered for the MTEL, telephone registration service is available for paper-based tests at 413.256.2892 or 866.565.4894, M-F 9 am - 5 pm.
How can I prepare for the MTELs?The MTEL Program Website contains test objectives, test information booklets, and practice tests. In addition, see our MTEL Study Tips and Resources page for more information and resources. Be sure to apply for an Educator Licensure and Recruitment (ELAR) account through ESE as soon as possible so your MTEL test scores can be housed there, along with other materials you submit for licensure. Where should I send my MTEL test scores?When registering, indicate that you want Lesley to receive your scores by using Lesley University's Institution Code, 30. Your scores are automatically reported to ESE by the testing company (Evaluation Systems, Pearson). I am concerned that I might have failed an MTEL. Should I sign up for the next test date before I find out my results? Candidates must wait 45 days before retaking the same test/subtest. For tests that include subtests (i.e., Communication and Literacy Skills, General Curriculum, and the Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test), you may take one or both subtests at a given test session. Once you meet the passing score on a subtest, you do not have to take that subtest again. Candidates should not retake a test prior to receiving their test results from that test. Read the policy for testing on consecutive test dates.
Although the Lesley Certification and
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contained on the website is accurate and complete at the time of
posting, the contents are subject to change at any time.
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