2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure Policy Memo

The following policy regarding students' compliance with the state requirement for passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) became effective September 1, 2009. This policy applies only to those students seeking licensure in areas where passing the test is required for licensure in the state of Massachusetts. The goal of this policy is to provide students with early identification of issues that potentially could affect their ability to be licensed to teach or work in schools. The University is committed to providing students with resources based upon needs that are identified by the results of this test(s) or by other evaluative tools in place in the academic programs. The ultimate goal for Lesley University is to provide licensed candidates with the skills, guidance, and supports to become successful educators.

For all graduate (post-baccalaureate) programs leading to Initial licensure in Massachusetts:

  • All new applicants seeking admission to an Initial licensure program must submit evidence of having taken the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL.

  • All students seeking an Initial license must pass ALL portions of the MTEL(s) required for their licensure program to be eligible for student teaching or practicum. (Exception: Reading specialist candidates are required to take, but are not required to pass, the Reading Specialist MTEL prior to the practicum.)

View Lesley's certification website at www.lesley.edu/certification.

For all undergraduate (baccalaureate) programs leading to Initial licensure in Massachusetts:

  • In order to be eligible for senior student teaching, students must pass ALL portions of the MTEL(s) required for their licensure program.