High School Teacher Certification Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2018

Read about how to become a secondary teacher in the state of Massachusetts. Discover what educational requirements are necessary, which MTELs to take, and how to complete the certification application.

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The state of Massachusetts endorses secondary teachers in a wide array of subjects. Anyone interested in instructing students in English, world languages, mathematics, or the sciences - in addition to many other subject areas - should consider getting their certification.

Teacher Salary Information and Requirements for Massachusetts Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Massachusetts (2016)* $76,170 (Secondary School Teachers)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements 2 MTELs: Communication and Literacy, subject exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree

The first step for students looking to become secondary school teachers in Massachusetts is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in education. The degree in question should be specific to the subject area students hope to teach - for instance, if a student hopes to teach biology, they should major in biology education. Programs should include a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. If students do not get this endoresment, additional testing will be needed later. Because each degree program varies depending on the subject matter at hand, all students will take slightly different courses.

Toward the end of their time at the university of their choice, students will complete student-teaching internships and get hands-on experience in the classroom.

Step 2: Pass All Required MTEL Exams

The next step for future secondary school teachers in Massachusetts is to take all required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). The first required test is the Communication and Literacy skills exam. This test is mandatory for teachers of all levels and subjects, and it is made up of two subtests: reading (42 multiple-choice questions) and writing (35 multiple-choice questions, 7 short answers, and 2 open-response questions). The test will take approximately 4 hours and costs $112; a score of 240 or higher will be required on each subtest.

Next, secondary school teachers will need to take the appropriate subject exams. There are many to choose from, like biology, English, earth science, and political science. Students should be sure to check with the MTEL website and even an advisor at their school to make sure they sign up for the correct subject exams.

Step 3: Complete the Application for Certification

Finally, teachers can begin the application process for their Initial License. Teachers will provide proof of education (official transcripts and any other relevant documents), scores from MTEL testing, and proof of completion of the SEI requirement. The whole process can be completed with the Massachusetts Department of Education online tool, the Educator Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) system. The online system will guide applicants through the whole process and prompt them to include all necessary documents. When the process is complete, teachers will receive their Initial License, which is valid for 5 years in the state of Massachusetts.

Study Resources for Future Massachusetts Teachers

Get a head start on studying for the MTELs. Read through the practice questions and study guides below to get a feel for what the tests have in store.

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