Massachusetts Music Teacher Certification

Jul 03, 2020

Massachusetts offers a music endorsement for all grades, so anyone looking to share their passion for music should consider this certification. With the Initial License, teachers can help students of all ages deepen their understanding of musical principles.

Teacher Salary Information and Requirements for Massachusetts Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Massachusetts (2019)* $40,640 (Preschool), $77,970 (Kindergarten), $82,450 (Elementary), $80,520 (Middle), $81,070 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Music Education
Testing Requirements 2 MTELs: Communication and Literacy, Music

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree

Future music teachers should first find an approved, accredited teacher preparation program to attend in order to earn a bachelor's degree. Students will major in music education and complete all general education requirements in addition to specific coursework for music teachers. A student teaching internship will also be included. Some programs will allow students to pick a specialty, like voice or wind instruments. All programs will be slightly different, but most will include classes like:

  • Strings Class
  • Classroom Methods
  • Computer Applications for Music Education
  • Music Classroom Methods and Materials

Step 2: Pass All Required MTEL Exams

Students will then prepare for the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). All students need to take the Communication and Literacy Skills test, which is made up of two separate subtests. The subtests are reading (42 multiple-choice questions) and writing (35 multiple-choice questions, 7 short answers, and 2 open-response questions), and the exam is 4 hours long. The Communication and Literacy Skills test costs $112, and requires a score of 240 or higher on each subtest.

Next, music teachers will need to take the music exam. This test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response assignments and takes approximately 4 hours. The test is $139 and requires at least a 240 score as well.

Step 3: Complete the Application for Certification

When all testing has been completed and scores are finalized, teachers can begin the application for certification process. This process can be done through the Department of Education's Educator Licensure and Renewal online tool. Teachers will be guided through each step and prompted to upload all necessary materials. Official transcripts, proof of completion of an approved teacher preparation program, and MTEL scores will be required for the application. When all materials are submitted, teachers will receive their Initial License, which is valid for 5 years.

Resources for Future Massachusetts Teachers

Want to start studying for the required MTELs now? Take a look at the guides below for practice problems and study aids.

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