How to Become a Physical Education Teacher in Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2019

Find out what it takes to become a certified physical education teacher in Massachusetts. Learn how to pick an educational program, complete all MTEL testing, and complete the certification application.

There are several subject area endorsements that Massachusetts offers to teachers of PK-12, and physical education is one of them. Learn about some of the requirements for this certification and programs that prepare students to teach PE to grades PK-8 and/or grades 5-12.

Massachusetts PE Teacher 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 Physical education
Testing Requirements MTELs: Communication & Literacy, Physical Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree from a School in Massachusetts

The first step for students interested in becoming physical education teachers is to pursue a degree in physical education from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program in Massachusetts. These programs are all slightly different in content, but most consist of general courses like math and English in addition to specialized courses in topics like child development and nutrition. All programs require students to participate in student teaching toward the end of the program. These courses prepare students to take on various situations in their future classrooms and give them the tools necessary to instruct children of all ages. Some classes that students might take include:

  • Exercise science
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Teaching team and individual sports
  • Health and wellness

It is imperative to note that Massachusetts requires teachers of all core subjects to hold a Sheltered English Immersion endorsement. This is not a requirement for physical education teachers, but if a student wishes to get a core subject endorsement in addition to a physical education endorsement, he/she should be sure to take the required courses.

Step 2: Take All Required MTEL Tests

Massachusetts uses the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to evaluate teachers. First, teachers will need to take the Communication and Literacy Skills exam, which is made up of a reading subtest (42 multiple-choice questions) and a writing subtest (35 multiple-choice questions in addition to 7 short-answer sentence correction questions and 2 essay questions). This test is 4 hours long and costs $112 if both subtests are taken at the same time. A score of 240 is required on each of the subtests to pass.

Next, teachers will take the Physical Education MTEL. This 4-hour exam is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions. It costs $139 and requires a score of at least 240. All MTEL tests are available at testing centers across Massachusetts.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

Finally, teachers can apply for certification through Massachusetts's online certification system. The Educator Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) system is a step-by-step tool that will guide teachers through the application process. Teachers must have transcripts, test scores, and proof of SEI endorsement (if also pursuing a core endorsement). A $100 license application fee is also required. When all required materials have been supplied, teachers will receive their Initial license.

Study Resources for Massachusetts Teachers

Luckily, there are plenty of online resources for students studying for MTEL exams, including the Communication and Literacy and the Physical Education exams. Here are some helpful guides and practice problems.

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