How to Become a Teacher
in Massachusetts

Are you prepared to embark on an enriching path towards teacher certification in the dynamic and diverse state of Massachusetts? If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of future generations, the classroom is a great place to start. Moreland University can help you get there.

We understand that becoming a certified teacher is a significant commitment that demands time and dedication. Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program is here to offer you the finest tools and resources available, turning your dream of becoming a certified teacher in Massachusetts into a reality. Join a supportive community of passionate professionals in Massachusetts and unlock endless opportunities to shape the future of education.

Moreland University offers both a 9-month teacher preparation program and 12-month master’s programs in education.
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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Pursuing a teaching career in Massachusetts offers abundant opportunities for growth and fulfillment. To obtain a teacher certification in Massachusetts, meeting certain requirements is essential before applying for a teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In Massachusetts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) holds the responsibility of awarding teacher certifications to candidates.

As the main provider of information regarding the certification process, it serves as the authoritative source for aspiring educators in the state. The DESE website is a valuable resource for aspiring educators, providing information on the process of obtaining teacher certification in Massachusetts. It offers comprehensive guidance on the available pathways to certification and provides clear instructions for completing the application process.

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Steps to Getting Your Massachusetts Teacher Certification

Follow these steps to navigate the Massachusetts teacher certification process with ease. From meeting the requirements to completing the necessary training, Moreland University has got you covered every step of the way.

Here are the essential steps you need to follow to obtain your Massachusetts teacher certification:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree: Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete a teacher preparation program, like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program.
  3. Pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Take and pass the required MTEL exams. These tests assess your knowledge in relevant subject areas and pedagogy.
  4. Complete background checks: Undergo a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, as required by the DESE.
  5. Set up an Educator Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) Account and submit an application: Apply for Initial Teacher Licensure through the DESE’s online licensure system. Include all necessary documentation, such as transcripts, test scores, and any additional requirements specified by the DESE.
  6. Earn your teacher certification.

Note: State regulations for licensure change frequently. Check with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website for the most up to date information about licensure requirements, pricing, and information.

Benefits of earning your teacher certification in Massachusetts

Experience a world of opportunities by earning your teaching certification in Massachusetts. The state fosters a forward-thinking, innovative educational atmosphere, where your dedication to teaching is valued and supported through resources for continuous development.

Benefits of becoming a teacher in Massachusetts include:

Competitive Pay
Massachusetts offers one of the highest average teacher salaries in the nation, providing you with a financially rewarding career. In 2023 alone, the average public school teacher salary in Massachusetts was $61,797.

Strong Job Market
With a growing demand for educators and a low teacher-to-student ratio, Massachusetts provides excellent job security and ample employment opportunities. The city of Boston, Massachusetts saw over 900 teaching openings in 2022.

High Standards of Education
Massachusetts is renowned for its rigorous academic standards and high student performance, allowing you to teach in an intellectually stimulating environment and witness the success of your students.

Historical and Cultural Richness
Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of Massachusetts as you embark on your teaching career. From the iconic landmarks of Boston, such as the Freedom Trail and the historic neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, to the beautiful coastal towns of Cape Cod, the state offers a diverse range of experiences that can be integrated into your teaching.

Requirements for Teacher Certification in Massachusetts

It’s important to consult the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a complete description of the requirements for earning your teaching certification. The DESE provides detailed information on prerequisites, coursework, exams, and necessary documentation, ensuring you have the necessary tools to navigate the certification process successfully.

To become a certified teacher in Massachusetts, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Teacher Preparation Program: Complete a teacher preparation program, like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW online preparation program.
  • Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Pass the required MTEL exams, which assess subject matter knowledge and teaching skills.
  • Background Check: Undergo a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, to ensure student safety.
  • Teacher Certification Application: Submit a professional license application through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) online licensure system.
  • Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement for core academic teachers.

Exams and requirements differ depending on grade level and desired subject area. To find out which exams and requirements are unique to your career path, contact a Moreland admissions representative: Call us at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at

With the help of Moreland University, you can earn your teaching certification quickly and start making a positive difference in the lives of students in Massachusetts.

If you want to become a certified teacher in Massachusetts, look no further than Moreland University. Our online teacher preparation program and master’s in education programs provide candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the classroom.

Why Choose Moreland University

Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program is here to support you in your pursuit of teacher certification in Massachusetts. Our dedicated faculty members are experienced mentors who will help guide you throughout your certification journey, equipping you with the essential tools and resources for success both inside and outside the classroom.

As pioneers in online global teacher education, we foster innovation and offer a unique cohort model that promotes interactive and collaborative learning. By engaging with instructors and fellow students, you’ll gain valuable insights and

diverse perspectives, enhancing your understanding of the evolving demands of the teaching profession.

For those seeking further educational advancement, we provide comprehensive 12-month master’s in education degree programs. These programs offer a deep understanding of educational theory, research, and practical skills in curriculum development and assessment.

Your journey to becoming a certified teacher in Massachusetts begins here.

Our Accreditations & Partnerships

Moreland University partners with these key organizations to support educators in Massachusetts.

Learn more about accreditations and partners!

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CAEP is the principal accrediting body for schools of education in the United States. We were the first online program to be accredited by CAEP.

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