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Public School Teacher Licensure

Salem State Teacher Preparation Programs

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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

All teachers in Massachusetts public schools must pass MTELs to earn a public school teaching license. Every teacher, counselor, librarian, and administrator must pass these tests. Here are the tests by license with information on registration & support.

Levels of Licensure

Teacher licensure comes in three levels: preliminary, initial, and professional. Click on the plus for more information about each.

  • Preliminary Licensure

    A preliminary license is granted to a person who holds a bachelor's degree, has passed the required MTELs, and, in some cases, has met other eligibility requirements.

     

    Salem State can only endorse candidates seeking initial licensure, so if you are working towards your preliminary license, you will have to work directly with the state.

  • Initial Licensure

    An initial license is granted to a person who has completed a bachelor's degree, passed the required MTELs, and completed a professional preparation program approved by the Commissioner, and, in some cases, has met other eligibility requirements.

     

    If you complete an initial licensure preparation program at Salem State, you will be endorsed for your initial license after you complete your practicum.

     

    Please note: Earning your degree and meeting requirements for your initial license are separate processes with different requirements. It is possible to be endorsed for your degree before you complete your master's degree. It is also possible to earn a master's degree without completing licensure requirements.

  • Professional Licensure

    A professional license is granted to a person who has met the requirements for an initial license, completed a performance assessment program or an appropriate master's degree program, and met other requirements.

     

    Salem State can only endorse candidates seeking initial licensure, so if you are working towards your professional license, you will have to work directly with the state.

MEPID

You must have a Massachusetts Educator Personnel Identifier (MEPID) number to enter a licensure program. You will also need the MEPID to register for the MTEL.

  • Setting up your ELAR account

    To get your MEPID, you must set up an Educator Licensure And Renewal account (ELAR) through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

     

    Setting up your ELAR account allows you to:

    • get your MEPID
    • access your MTEL score reports
    • apply for a license
    • view correspondence from the DESE

    To set up your ELAR account, go to the elementary and secondary education ELAR page, click on Create ELAR Profile, and follow the prompts.

     

  • Obtaining your MEPID

    Once you have created your ELAR account, you will need to log in and visit Update Your Profile to see your MEPID. Please note that sometimes your MEPID does not populate for 24 hours, so you may need to wait until the day after you set up your ELAR account to access your MEPID.

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