In 2½ hours we will familiarize you with the structure of the Communication and Literacy Skills (CLS) portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), go over our proven strategies to help manage your time and test anxiety, and give you plenty of practice items. If your skills are strong, but you want to be well prepared for this demanding, high-stakes test, this workshop will give you the confidence and strategies you need to pass. Please contact the Undergraduate Advising & Educator Licensure Office to register at 413-545-2701.
Workshop Length: Two and one-half hours
Fee: Free for current UMass Amherst students (registration required); $75.00 each for non-students
In this intensive workshop of four 2-hour sessions, we will cover the basics of writing an effective summary and essay which the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL requires under timed conditions. The instructor will provide you with individualized feedback so you will go into the test well prepared and knowing what to expect. You will learn the structure of the test and essential time management strategies. Please contact the Undergraduate Advising & Educator Licensure Office to register at 413-545-2701.
Workshop Length: Four sessions of 2 hours each
Fee: $185.00 (covers all four sessions)
An alternative to our multi-session workshop for the Communication and Literacy Skills (CLS) portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), this intensive daylong workshop takes place on Saturday. Come prepared for an in-depth review of written mechanics, grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. Lots of guided practice, practical advice about the structure of the test, and our unique strategies will ensure that you go into this test prepared and confident that you will pass. Please contact the Undergraduate Advising & Educator Licensure Office to register at 413-545-2701.
Workshop Length: 6 hours (on Saturday)
Fee: Free for current UMass Amherst students (registration required); $155.00
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The Michael G. Schwartz Scholarship Fund was established to provide workshop access to those with financial need. Two scholarships are awarded each semester through an application process. Approval of applications is based on proven financial need at the time of application. Applicants must also be seeking admittance to one of the University's professional preparation programs for Massachusetts licensure.
Scholarships are available for the Saturday and Multi-Session Workshops only. You may pick up a scholarship application in the Undergraduate Advising & Educator Licensure Office, College of Education (W144 Furcolo).
All prospective workshop participants, including current UMass Amherst students interested in the free workshops must preregister in the Undergraduate Advising & Educator Licensure Office in the College of Education (Furcolo W144; 413-545-2701). Payment by check or money order is due at registration. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Please note that the above fee does not apply to current UMass Amherst students interested in the free workshops.
For further information on these workshops, for guidance in choosing which workshop is best for you and/or additional resources, please contact the MTEL Workshop Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the MTEL website to register for the test: www.mtel.nesinc.com
For more information, please visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure regulations require that all candidates for teacher licensure in Massachusetts pass the Communication and Literacy Skills (CLS) portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). In addition, all candidates in most licensure areas must pass the appropriate Subject Matter test to become licensed educators.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst requires that undergraduate students take and achieve a passing score on the CLS test prior to admission into professional preparation programs in the University. Post-baccalaureate and graduate students are also required to achieve a passing score on the CLS normally in their first semester of study and in all cases prior to their practicum. (Students in all professional preparation programs for educators for which there is a Subject Matter test must take and pass the appropriate Subject Matter test prior to the practicum and as a prerequisite for the University's recommendations for licensure.)