MTEL Preparation Workshops

Overview Workshops

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 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

Date Time Workshop #
9/17/14 5:30-8:00 P.M. 78423
11/5/14 5:30-8:00 P.M. 78424

 


Skills Development Multi-session Workshops

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 Educator Licensure Office to register at 413-545-2701.

Workshop Length:  Four sessions of 2 hours each
Fee: $185.00 (covers all four sessions)

Date Time Workshop #
10/16/14 5:30-7:30 P.M. 78427
10/23/14 5:30-7:30 P.M.  
10/30/14 5:30-7:30 P.M.  
11/6/14 5:30-7:30 P.M.  

 


Skills Development Saturday Workshops

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 Educator Licensure Office to register at 413-545-2701.

Workshop Length: 6 hours (on Saturday)
Fee: $155.00

Date Time Workshop #
9/13/14 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. 78425
11/8/14 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. 78426

 


MICHAEL G. SCHWARTZ MTEL PREPARATION WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS

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 Educator Licensure Office, College of Education (Room 130, Furcolo Hall).


MTEL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION INFORMATION

All prospective workshop participants, including current UMass Amherst students interested in the free overview workshop, must preregister in the Educator Licensure Office in the College of Education (Room 130, Furcolo Hall; 413-545-2701). Payment by check or money order is due at registration. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

  • A $6.00 Continuing Education registration fee will be charged to all workshop registrants.
  • A $6.00 late registration fee will be charged after noon of the day prior to the workshop.

Please note that the above fees do not apply to current UMass Amherst students interested in the free overview workshop.
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: mtel@educ.umass.edu


For directions to the College of Education (Furcolo Hall) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, please visit the following website:

http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/directions


Additional Information

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.


MASSACHUSETTS STATE TEST POLICY:

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.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST and the SCHOOL OF EDUCATION TEST POLICY:

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.)