How to Become a Chinese Teacher in Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2019

Discover what it takes to become a Chinese language teacher in Massachusetts. Read about what degree to pursue, which MTEL tests to take, and how to complete the application process.

There are many different teaching opportunities in the 406 school districts in Massachusetts. Chinese teachers have the ability to teach all grade levels in Massachusetts, from preschool to secondary school.

Massachusetts Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Massachusetts (2017)* $37,510 (Preschool), $71,790 (Kindergarten), $76,590 (Elementary), $74,400 (Middle), $76,170 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Chinese
Testing Requirements 2 MTELs: Communication & Literacy Skills, Chinese

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Chinese

Chinese teachers in the state of Massachusetts will need to pursue a degree in Chinese at a regionally-accredited institution. Foreign language education in Massachusetts is guided by eight Strands. These are interpersonal communication, interpretive communication, presentational communication, cultures, linguistic comparisons, cultural comparisons, connections, and communities. The Strands act as the guiding principles for foreign language programs in Massachusetts. A Chinese degree will give students an in-depth understanding of the language and culture of China, while the teacher preparation program will focus on specific pedagogical principles necessary for teaching in Massachusetts. Some of the Chinese classes students might take include:

  • Classics of Chinese Literature (translated)
  • Chinese Migration (may have varying time periods)
  • Business Chinese (language and culture)

Step 2: Take All Required MTEL Tests

The next step for Chinese educators in Massachusetts is to take the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). First, teachers will need to take the Communication and Literacy Skills exam, which is made up of two subtests. The reading subtest is 42 multiple-choice questions, and the writing subtest is 35 multiple-choice questions, 7 short-answer questions, and 2 open-response questions. Teachers have 4 hours to complete both subtests on a computer. Teachers need to score at least 240 on each subtest, and together they cost $112. Teachers will also take the Chinese MTEL, which is 4 hours long and consists of 55 multiple-choice and short answer questions and 4 open-response questions. A score of 240 is also required for this test, and it costs $139.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

Once all testing is finished, teachers can begin the application process. First, they will need to log on to the Educator and Licensure Renewal (ELAR) tool and upload all necessary documents. Teachers will need to submit transcripts and test scores in addition to a background check. The background check and fingerprinting require a $55 fee. After all materials have been submitted, teachers will be eligible for their Initial license in the state of Massachusetts.

MTEL Study Resources for Future Massachusetts Teachers

There are many resources available to students studying for the MTEL exams, from practice problems to study guides. Check out the resource below to get more information on how to start preparing.

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