MA MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Massachusetts MS Special Education Credential and Exam Requirements

In Massachusetts, this program leads to a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Grades Pk-8 and 5-12 endorsement.

Content Exam for Pk-8 Certification: MTEL General Curriculum (03)

You must pass this exam to be recommended for a Special Education Pk-8 certification. 

Content Exam for 5-12 Certification: Pass a subject matter test in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12 (this has usually been completed for your initial license).

Pedagogy Exam: MTEL Foundations of Reading (90)

WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

If you matriculated after 9/1/2011, you must pass this exam to graduate from the program and be recommended for certification.

Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in Massachusetts

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Adding an Endorsement to a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate



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