MTEL Resources

We at Paradigm Shift know that preparing for and taking the MTEL tests is challenging, so here are some useful resources to help you every step of the way.​

Free Support for our PS Participants

  • In-person MTEL test prep

  • Online MTEL test prep

  • MTEL Tutors

  • Reimbursement for MTEL fees

About MTELs

  • MTEL = Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

  • Test requirements vary according to the license the applicant wants

  • Teacher candidates should consult their preparation program for up to date info on which MTELs they will need to pass

  • Once you have chosen your licensure area, you can consult the Department of Education website for a list of test requirements 

Required MTELs for Popular Licenses


Grades 1 - 6

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
FoR (90)
GC Multi (03)
GC Math (03)

Early Childhood

Grades PreK - 2

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
FoR (90)
Early Childhood (02)

Middle School Math

Grades 5 - 8

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
Middle School Math (47)

English Language Learners

Grades PreK - 6 or 5 - 12

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
ESL (54)

Moderate Disabilities


Grades PreK - 8

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
FoR (90)
GC Multi (03)
GC Math (03)

Moderate Disabilities


Grades 5 - 12

Required MTELs (test #)
C&L (01)
Relevant Subject Test (must be a subject tested by MCAS)



C&L: Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
ESL: English as a Second Language (54)
FoR: Foundations of Reading (90)
GC Multi: General Curriculum-Multiple Subject (03)
GC Math: General Curriculum-Math (03)

Paradigm Shift's Free Study Resources

In-person test prep

Prefer studying with other students?

Paradigm Shift offers a free 

in-person test prep class.

Online test prep

Need the flexibility of online

test prep? 

Paradigm Shift offers free 

test prep webinars.

Work with a tutor

Want some one-on-one motivation?

Paradigm Shift offers free

tutor opportunities. 

Additional Online Resources


Free Prep

MTEL resources

Khan Academy (subjects)

Open Culture (subjects)


Fee-based Prep

Prep Forward (district might subsidize)

GOH Academy


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