About MTEL-Flex

A flexible testing option for eligible teacher candidates

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of an assessment option, MTEL-Flex, for candidates who have previously taken but not yet passed an MTEL test, and whose score was very close to the passing score.

The MTEL-Flex assessment option is currently available for the following fields:

  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foundations of Reading
  • General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest
  • General Curriculum Multi-Subject Subtest
  • History
  • Spanish

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an MTEL-Flex assessment, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You took and did not pass one of the MTEL tests noted above on or after October 20, 2020.
  2. Your score on that test is within one standard error of measurement to the passing score. The score required to be eligible for a specific MTEL-Flex assessment is noted on each MTEL-Flex assessment page.

If you meet these eligibility criteria, then an MTEL-Flex assessment will automatically be an available option when you register for a test. There is no separate action that you are required to take. If you do not meet these eligibility criteria, then you will not be able to register for MTEL-Flex.

MTEL-Flex Assessment Overview

Candidates will follow the directions in the MTEL-Flex Handbook and the assessment-specific template to provide an analysis of an MTEL test objective to demonstrate the depth of their subject matter knowledge. Most candidates (with the exception of candidates taking the MTEL-Flex Spanish—Oral Expression) will provide a written submission to demonstrate their subject matter knowledge.

After registering for MTEL-Flex, candidates will gain access to Pearson's ePortfolio system, where they will upload and submit their work. Candidates who pass MTEL-Flex will meet the relevant subject matter test requirement for an Academic PreK–12 educator license (first Massachusetts license); however, they may still need to take and pass additional subject matter tests as required for their licensure area.

To learn more about a specific MTEL-Flex assessment and to access the assessment materials, please visit the MTEL-Flex assessment page.


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