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Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

The state of Massachusetts requires that all students pass the relevant portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in order to qualify for an initial teaching license. Passing the MTEL is an entrance requirement for the M.A.T. program; i.e., students must pass all required parts of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to the beginning of the program in late May, with one exception*.

Any student who does not meet the MTEL requirement by the beginning of the program year in May can appeal in writing to the Program Director for an extension. An extension may be granted provided there is a strong indication that the student will pass the required parts of the test during the next testing cycle; normally that means by the end of the summer of the M.A.T. program year. Passing the test will be a condition for continuing in the program.

*Exception: Elementary students who must take "EDUCATION 360 Literacy Development" during the fall of their M.A.T. year have until the end of the spring semester of the M.A.T. year to pass the "Foundations of Reading" portion of the test. The Foundations of Reading test should be taken while enrolled in the "Literacy Development" course in the fall (it can be re-taken if necessary in the spring). Students will receive their M.A.T. degree in May only if they pass the Foundations of Reading test by the end of the spring semester. They will otherwise receive the degree when they pass the test and at the time that the University next awards degrees (October or May).