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Smith College is an approved licensure program in the state of Massachusetts. The license you earn in Massachusetts may transfer to other states, although other requirements may exist. Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for the state you are interested in for more specifics about requirements.

Massachusetts is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement 2010-2015, recognizing Massachusetts teacher licensure by 45 other states and the District of Columbia.

Create an ELAR Profile

We encourage students to create an ELAR (Educator Licensure and Recruitment) profile early in the program to track your progress. Having a profile during the program will help you keep track of any remaining requirements.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

It is advised that students take the Communication & Literacy section of the MTEL test as early as possible in the teacher licensure program. You should also plan ahead to ensure that you leave adequate time to complete subject-related tests, as MTEL testing dates are relatively infrequent.

Additional Tests for Elementary Level

For those students wanting to teach in the elementary level, you also need to take the Foundations of Reading Test during or just after EDC 338 Children Learning to Read. You will also need to take the General Curriculum Test, which has a math subtest and a multi-subject subtest. Check the Spinelli Center website for math workshops to help you prepare for the math subtest.

Additional Tests for Secondary Level

Students pursuing secondary teaching licenses also need to take the MTEL for their subject areas.We suggest you take this test right after you complete your content courses.


We often hold a preparation for the Communication & Literacy Test in the fall. Contact Gina Wyman for more information, and visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website.

More Information

If you have questions about the licensure program, please contact Gina Wyman, Coordinator of Teacher Education, at gwyman@smith.edu.