Upcoming MTEL Test Dates

See the MTEL website for 2013-14 computer-based and paper-based test dates and information.  Practice tests for Communication and Literacy, General Curriculum, Foundations of Reading,  science and other content tests are also available online. 

Important note:  the following tests are offered only on computer: Communication & Literacy (reading & writing subtests), Early Childhood, English, Foundations of Reading, General Curriculum (math & multi-subject subtests) , and History, Mathematics, Biology Chemistry and Physics .

Computer-based testing will be available year-round, by appointment, for these and other MTELs Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays), on a first-come, first served basis at over 225 test centers nationwide

Teacher Licensure

For undergraduate students minoring in Teacher Education, Brandeis offers state-approved programs leading to initial licensure in Massachusetts to teach

  • elementary school, grades 1-6
  • middle school, grades 5-8, and high school, grades 8-12 in these subjects
    • biology, chemistry, or physics
    • English
    • French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish
    • history
    • mathematics
    • political science
    • theater, all levels
    • visual arts

Brandeis undergraduates completing the teacher education program can find information on applying for the initial license here.

For graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Brandeis offers state-approved programs leading to initial licensure in Massachusetts to teach

  • elementary school, grades 1-6
  • middle school, grades 5-8, and high school, grades 8-12 in these subjects
    • biology, chemistry, or physics
    • Chinese
    • English
    • history
    • mathematics

Brandeis graduates students completing the Master of Arts in Teaching can find information on applying for the initial license for elementary or secondary levels.

Initial licensure in Massachusetts makes one eligible for licensure in the other states and the District of Columbia through the NASDTEC 2010-2015 Interstate Agreement.  Other states may have additional licensure requirements.

Links to certification requirements for the fifty states can be found on the University of Kentucky's College of Education web site. Certification Map is another resource for state specific certification information and teacher salaries.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires candidates for initial licensure as an academic teacher to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an arts and sciences or interdisciplinary major appropriate to the instructional field.  Elementary teachers are required to have content knowledge in American and world literature, U.S. and world history, geography, economics, child development, science and mathematics. In most cases, middle and high school teachers major in the subject area for which they will be licensed. Complete information about course requirements for licensure is available from the Education Program office.

All candidates for licensure must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communications and Literacy Skills Test (01), which includes a reading and a writing subtest.

Candidates for elementary licensure (grades 1-6) must pass two additional subject matter tests:  General Curriculum (03) and Foundations of Reading (90).

Candidates for secondary licensure (middle or high school) must also pass the subject matter test in the content area they plan to teach.

Of the students who completed the Brandeis teacher education program and took the MTEL in 2008-2009, 96% passed the Communication and Literacy Skills Test, and 97% passed the Subject Matter Knowledge tests.

Students completing the Teacher Education minor in preschool education are eligible for level 2 certification as a lead preschool teacher through the Department of Early Education and Care .