Becoming Certified in MASS

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Ms. Rachel, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Ms. Rachel

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    Hi,

    I am currently getting ready to sign up for the MTELs, (middle school math). I read a post from a few years ago, about needing to take 1.) the subject area test, 2.) the Comm. and Lit. subtests, and 3.) a general education test.

    However, when I go on the MASS DOE website, it says I only need the first 2, and not the general ed. test.

    I am confused, I know they change the requirements , but I can't seem to find the answer.

    Thank you all so much!
     
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  3. peachacid

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    Try calling them. Get through to a real person and ask. In PA I had a problem with the information on their website, called them, and all was right with the world. The whole world.
     
  4. shaggymo

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    I took the test (elem. ed.) years ago, but I had to take all three. Maybe yours is more specialized so you don't need the general ed. portion.
    I know the website can be a nightmare to navigate. I've called them before but had to wait on hold for a long time. Maybe try calling your undergrad/graduate school's career counselor (Lesley University has their own certification officer for these questions). Good luck.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    I'd go with what the DOE Web site says, but you might also check with a good teacher-preparation program in your area.
     
  6. jenneke607

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    The General Curriculum test is intended for elementary teacher candidates. As a secondary ed. candidate, you will have to take the first two listed: the subject area test (Middle School Math/47) and the Literacy and Communication Skills (Reading and Writing Subtests/01). That should suffice.

    Best of luck! Are you moving up here from FL?
     
  7. Ms. Rachel

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    Thank you for the advice!! Yes, I am moving up from FL. I went to Northeastern, and tried the whole moving back home thing down here, but there are few jobs here for my boyfriend and I :(

    Oh well, I miss Boston!
     

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