Massachusetts Teaching Certifications

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  • Journalism Teaching Endorsement: No – Massachusetts does not offer a "Journalism" Academic PreK-12 Massachusetts teaching license, although "English," Grades 5-8 and 8-12, teaching licenses are offered for potential journalism teachers. There is, however, a license for Radio and Television Broadcasting instruction.
  • Pass state assessment or certification test/s (tests needed): For the English license; the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) English subject matter knowledge test, as well as the Communication and Literacy Skills test, are required. The requirements for the Radio and Television Broadcasting license are: The requirements are; Associate degree or higher degree in the related area; Four Years of recent (with the last seven years), full time work experience directly related to radio & television broadcasting from your employer, Passing the written and performance test in radio & television broadcasting, Passing the Communication and Literacy Skills Test OR the Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test.
  • NCATE or National Accreditation required: If applying for an English license at the Initial stage of licensure, when it is going to be the first Initial teacher license held, we require a State Approved Educator Preparation program specific to the field and grade level of the initial license being sought. An endorsement plus official transcripts in support of the program completion coursework/Practicum must be received upon completion. Completion of an Educator Preparation Program can be accepted to satisfy educational requirements for Initial licensure if it falls into one of the following categories:
  • A program located in the state of Massachusetts and is approved as an Initial licensure program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A directory of these programs can be viewed online. Click "Find a Prep Program". The program is located in a state with which Massachusetts has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Contract, and is approved by that state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a program leading to comparable licensure/certification.

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  • This educational requirement may also be satisfied by applicants who hold a comparable license issued by a state with which Massachusetts has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Contract, and have worked under that license for three out of the last seven years. These applicants must submit a copy of their out-of-state license, along with an employment verification letter from the school system, on official letterhead, signed by the superintendent or head administrator. The program is located anywhere in the United States, and is accredited by NCATE as a program leading to comparable licensure/certification.  Regardless of which of the above types of Preparation Programs an applicant has participated in, the successful completion of such a program must be documented by the sponsoring organization. This is often referred to as an "endorsement". Endorsements can be printed on official transcripts, or they can be detailed in letterform, on official letterhead, and signed by a Registrar or Dean. Approved programs in Massachusetts generally have the ability to submit an endorsement to DOE electronically, via the ELAR system. All endorsements must indicate the subject area and grade level of the applicant's preparation, and must specify which of the above three categories of approved program applies.

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Find a list of all the licenses Massachusetts offers and their general requirements

Information from:

Minerva Rodriguez,

Mary Ann Hickey, – primary contact for information on Radio and Television Broadcasting license: 781 338-6634.