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""Teachers across the country work hard to educate and inspire our children every day.

If you’ve ever thought about pursuing this rewarding career, the Office of Educator Licensure  and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) have some resources on how to become a K–12 teacher in Massachusetts to get you started.

What License Do I Need to Teach in Massachusetts?

If you want to become a K–12 teacher in the Commonwealth, the first step is to figure out what teaching license you need.

There are four components you have to decide on:

Is There a Test to Become a Teacher in Massachusetts?

To get a teaching license in the Bay State, you have to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).  In most cases, you will have to take and pass the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL and a knowledge test in the subject you’d like to teach.

Depending on the license and level, some additional requirements may apply. You can find out more about what to expect when you take the test and how to register for your MTEL online.

How Do I Apply for a Teaching License?

You can apply for a teaching license through the Educator Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) application. The Office of Educator Licensure and ESE have a step-by-step guide with instructions on how to set up your ELAR account and apply for a license.

If you’re applying for a license for the first time, you need to submit the following:

  • Completed application, which includes supporting documentation
  • Licensure fee ($100 for the first application, $25 more for each application to a different field or grade level)
  • Passing score for the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL
  • Official transcript for your bachelor’s degree

Once you’ve submitted your application, ESE will review your documents and determine if there’s anything else you need to get certified.

What Happens When I Get Licensed?

After you receive your teaching license, you can apply for teaching jobs at public schools in Massachusetts. ESE provides job search advice for teachers, including details on the hiring process for schools.

One resource with a number of job listings is Teach Western Mass, a partnership to recruit teachers to the state’s western counties. You can also use ESE’s School and District Profile database to find schools in your area.

As a teacher, you can play a role in helping children in Massachusetts learn and grow. Take a step today to inspire the next generation.

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