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These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Massachusetts. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

Traditional Massachusetts Teaching  Certificate

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher.
  2. Prepare by getting some field experience, even if this is student teaching or other internship options.
  3. Pass the Massachusetts Test for Educators License (MTEL).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • Processing fee $100 payable to: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Massachusetts Department of Education
      Office of Educator Licensure
      350 Main Street
      Malden, MA 02148
      (781) 338-6600
  5. Do you want to renew your Massachusetts Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Massachusetts Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn your certification in Massachusetts before you complete the teacher education program. Your preliminary license will be void after 5 years.

  1. Pass the Massachusetts Test for Educators License (MTEL)
  2. Obtain official transcripts, degrees and school credits
  3. Call a representative (781) 338-6600

Sources:

  1. Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Massachusetts Department of Elemental & Secondary Education, http://www.doe.mass.edu/mtel/
  2. Educator Services, Massachusetts Department of Elemental & Secondary Education, http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/

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