Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)


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There are two types of educator licensure tests of concern to education students at Fitchburg State University:

  1. The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  2. The Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS SERIES)

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is required of all persons seeking licensure in Massachusetts as teachers, specialists, guidance counselors, and educational administrators. The Communication and Literacy (Test #01) test of the MTEL is required of everyone seeking licensure. The subject matter tests are also required for most licensure categories. For information about additional MTEL(s) required for approved Fitchburg State programs, students should meet with their academic advisor for details on the required timing. For information about Fitchburg State preparatory courses and/or workshops (PDF), tutoring and resources, please visit Fitchburg State University's Tutor Center website, or the Center for Professional Studies.

Continuous, year-round computer-based testing will be available beginning September 4th, 2012 for all six tests in the below list. Score reports for these tests will be issued every two weeks except for English and History, for which score reports will be issued six times during the year.

  • Communication and Literacy Skills (01): reading and writing subtests
  • Early Childhood (02)
  • English (07)
  • Foundations of Reading (90)
  • General Curriculum (03): multi-subject and mathematics subtests
  • History (06)

The six tests will no longer be offered at paper-based administrations. The last paper-based administration of these tests was July 14th, 2012.

Visit the MTEL website for online registration, practice tests, test objectives, and information booklets. Visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website for registration deadlines.

See Fitchburg State's MTEL results at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

MTEL Workshops

Individual peer tutoring at the Writing Center assists students in preparing for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills test (Test #01) writing subtest. Fourteen guidebooks are available online for additional instruction and practice resources on each of the eight Writing subtest objectives. Students are assisted in developing an individualized study plan through an assessment of writing skills by:

  • Test objective
  • Test taking strategies
  • Practice tests
  • Feedback on the written summary
  • Essay subtests

Preparation for the CLST Reading subtest is available as a two hour workshop at MTEL prep video.

Praxis Exam Series

The Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS SERIES) is for persons seeking teacher licensure in states other than Massachusetts (out-of-state). Approximately thirty-eight states other than Massachusetts recognize the PRAXIS SERIES.

Important Dates

Fall practicum requires successful completion of all MTELs on or before the May test administration. Spring practicum requires successful completion of all required MTELs on or before the September test administration.



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