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Massachusetts Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification


Preliminary License

Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

Valid for 5 years of employment

For people who have not completed Approved Educator Preparation Program


• A Bachelor’s Degree
• Passing Score(s) on MTEL
• Additional Coursework for Some Licenses

Professional License

Valid for 5 calendar years


• 3 Years of Employment Under an Initial License
• Completion of a Teacher Induction Program
• One of the Options for the Professional License

If you are becoming an academic educator and you have not completed an approved educator preparation program, you probably should apply for a Preliminary teacher license in a subject area you have knowledge. For instance, if you have a bachelor`s degree in mathematics, all you need is to pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Test and the Math Subject-Matter Knowledge Test to become a licensed educator in Massachusetts. Your Preliminary Math Teacher license will be good for five years employment.

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