Students Give Tips for Passing MTELs (VIDEO)


You cannot become a teacher in Massachusetts without passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). MTELs can be difficult, so Wheelock Education students in this video offer tips to help boost their fellow students’ odds of success.

“If you take the prep classes and and prepare ahead of time, it’s absolutely doable,” says Kellie Neary ’17, who is majoring in Elementary Education and Counseling Psychology.

More Tips for Passing MTELs

  • Take an MTEL Prep course before you take the MTEL (Prep Courses are offered free for Wheelock students and for a small fee to non-students).
  • Take each subject MTEL immediately after you complete the education course in that subject.
  • Take each MTEL as early as possible in your college career so you have time to re-take it if you don’t pass the first time.
  • Reach out to Education faculty members to help you create a study guide and plan for each test.
  • Get a feel for the test with the online practice tests on the State Department of Education website.
  • Create a study group with other Education students.
  • Don’t panic.

Samantha Peter ’16, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education and Visual Arts, says, “Work with your friends and study for them. And if you take [MTELs] and you fail, you do them again.”

Fall Schedule for MTEL Prep Courses

Oct. 1: Communications and Literacy (9am-4pm)

Oct. 22 and 29: Reading Theory and Practice (9am-3pm)

Nov. 19: Early Childhood (9am-4pm)

Nov. 19: Math Subtest (9am-4pm)

Dec. 3: Communications and Literacy (9am-4pm)

Dec. 10: General Curriculum (9am-4pm)

Learn about the MTEL and Wheelock’s Prep Courses.