Becoming a licensed educator requires passing the Massachusetts state teacher exams. Learn the ones you need, when to take them, and how to prepare for them.
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is a series of pass/fail tests required of candidates seeking PreK-12 educator licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The test score ranges from 0-300, with 240 or higher representing a passing score. See the MTEL Program website for test dates and registration information.
View the Lesley University MTEL Policy and Frequently Asked Questions about MTEL.
The July 1, 2016–June 30, 2021 MTEL testing contract between MA ESE and test vendor Evaluation Systems of Pearson includes: reduced fees for all MTELs; shorter wait times for SEI and ESL score reports; additional full-length sample exams; use of MEPID for MTEL registration; and test company vouchers.
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