April 16, 2018

Massachusetts Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $56,587
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $50,990

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Massachusetts schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Massachusetts teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Massachusetts-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Educator Preparation Programs Directory:
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Massachusetts, you’ll need to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Official Site: http://www.ets.org | MTEL Test
Specifically, you’ll need to take the General Curriculum Test and the Communication and Literacy Skills Test.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Massachusetts has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Massachusetts Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Massachusetts for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about teacher certification at this address:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Or you can call (781)338-3000.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Massachusetts teacher certification process:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Educator Services: