Learn how to become a teacher in Massachusetts (or administrator). Choose the description of certification you are most interested in or situation that best describes you:
|Avg. Elem. Teacher Salary||$62,570|
|Avg. Sec. Teacher Salary||$62,850|
|Teacher Retention (?)||95%|
|Average Admin. Salary||$94,330|
Investing in our future is vitally important and strangely difficult. In order to fight oppression from the greedy and power-hungry elite, to better our ways of life with advancing technology, and to increase our country's overall views toward the concept of acceptance, we need education to be a priority. Learn how you can be a spoke in this terribly important wheel. See how Massachusetts measures up to the rest of the country by viewing the percentage of state revenue going toward education in each state. (see State Education Spending vs. Overall State Revenue).
Governor Deval Patrick has made a new state budget proposal that would see funding for public education in Massachusetts increase by $145 million in 2013. A proposal of $4.1 billion for Chapter 70 K-12 education aid was also included to ensure that all school districts in the state are funded at current foundation levels, which means their funding would be guaranteed to be equal to or greater than the funding they received last year. New teachers, as well as those aspiring to become teachers in Massachusetts, are heartened by the news that the state plans to spend record amounts of money to support public education in the coming year. Find schools offering teaching certification programs in Massachusetts.
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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (781-338-3000) requires that applicants for teaching licensure posses a bachelor’s degree at minimum earned through a state-approved educator preparation program. These programs are offered at the bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s levels.
What if you completed your educator preparation in another state? If that state is a member of the NASDTEC Interstate Contract, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education will accept your college credits towards Massachusetts educator licensure. If the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits your program, Massachusetts will also accept your credits.
If your teacher preparation program was completed in another country, you must have a course-by-course credit evaluation conducted by one of the foreign credential evaluation agencies listed here.Licensure Options
To determine the requirements for a particular license, click here.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education uses the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to assess educator performance.
Basic skills testing:
Based upon your college’s requirements and/or your grades, you may be asked to take the MTEL Communications and Literacy Skills Test, which tests reading and writing.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education provides this list of schools in the state that offer MTEL test preparation courses.
Under the rules of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, as a licensure applicant, you are expected to have completed a student teaching internship experience of at least 150 to 300 hours in the subject area/grade level in which you wish to become licensed. (The length of your internship is based upon your chosen subject/grade level. Individual licensure requirements for internship length may be found here in 7.04 (4)).
This experience must take place in the classroom, under the guidance and mentorship of the classroom teacher of record. You will participate in a variety of activities while serving your student teaching internship, including developing and implementing lesson plans, leading the class, and assisting the teacher of record in his or her daily duties. At the end of your internship, your performance will be assessed (using these Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) guidelines) by an official from your educator preparation program and/or your classroom teacher/mentor.
When you have fulfilled all of the state’s requirements for educator licensure (i.e., completed your educator preparation program, including the student teaching experience; earned at least a bachelor’s degree, and passed the MTEL exams that apply to your situation), you are ready to apply for teacher licensure in Massachusetts. This may be done online through the ESE Security Portal or you may mail a hard copy application.
You will be asked to submit official college transcripts along with your application for licensure. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education should already have your MTEL score reports. Make sure to enclose the $100 application fee made payable (via check, money order, or credit card) to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If your license requires employment verification letters, attach them or send them separately. Print your social security number, MEPID, or educator license number on the face of every document you submit to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Licensure, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education is certified by the Criminal History Systems Board to access any current or pending criminal data on applicants for teacher licensure. On your licensure application, you will be asked to affirm that you have no criminal history background. If you do, the Department is authorized to investigate. Before being hired by any Massachusetts school system, you must undergo a criminal background check. Information on this process will be provided to you upon your application for a teaching position with a Massachusetts school district.
If you need information on educator preparation programs in Massachusetts, visit the Educator Preparation Programs Directory to contact them directly.
For more information on educator licensure in Massachusetts, contact the Office of Educator Licensure at their website, or by calling 781-338-6600.
**Teacher Retention Sources - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999–2000 (“Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” “Private School Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Public Charter School Teacher Questionnaire”), and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (“Questionnaire for Current Teachers” and “Questionnaire for Former Teachers,” Table 1.01). Washington, DC.
State estimations based on analysis by Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, from the National Center for Education Statistics Student and Staffing Survey, and therefore include a slight margin of error.