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The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) preparation workshops are provided for prospective teachers who need to brush up for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education exams. Over 1,500 students have participated in our workshops over the past ten years.

Upcoming Workshops

Six Saturdays to Success Workshop: Preparation for the Communication and Literacy Skills Test (CLST) 

Foundations of Reading Workshop

Registration Information

About the MTEL Exam

Six Saturdays to Success Workshop: Preparation for the Communication and Literacy Skills Test (CLST)
For individuals who have had difficulty with the MTEL or testing in general, and for those who feel the need for more intense preparation. Participants are given homework assignments in Weeks 1 - 4, which will be evaluated by the workshop facilitators.

Dates: For 2015: January 24 and 31; February 7, 21, and 28; and March 7
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: $525
Location: Center for Academic Support & Advising (CASA) in Peirce Hall
Instructors: Christopher Gregory, Ph.D. & LaDonna Bridges, M.Ed.

Week #1 Participants will review the structure of the MTEL CLST and learn strategies for passing the Reading subtest.
Week #2 Participants will learn the best strategy for the mechanics sections of the writing test.
Week #3 Participants will cover the grammar and usage component of the CLST, and review common grammar issues.
Week #4 The Written Summary and Written Composition exercises are covered in depth.  
Week #5 Participants take a full-length simulation examination that includes both a Reading and Writing subtest.
Week #6 Participants receive scores from their simulation examinations as well as individualized feedback on their written essays.

Foundations of Reading Workshop 
During this single day test preparation workshop, participants will become familiar with and review the content of the Foundations of Reading MTEL, a requirement of Initial Licensure in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

This workshop will focus on three sub-areas of this test: Foundations of Reading Development (understanding phonological and phonemic awareness, concepts about print and the alphabetic principle, the role of phonics, and word analysis skills and strategies); Development of Reading Comprehension ( understanding vocabulary development and application of comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts) and  Assessment and Instruction (formal and informal assessment and multiple approaches to reading instruction).

Students are encouraged to review the Foundations of Reading Test on the DESE website prior to the workshop to familiarize themselves with the test format and content.


February 28, 2015

Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: $109.00
Location: McCarthy Center Room 419
Instructors: Nancy Verdolino

Registration Information
Registration for a workshop should be received no later than 7 days before the start of the program. Please read descriptions before deciding which Communication and Literacy workshop is best for you. To participate download the MTEL Preparation Registration Form and mail or fax to:

Student Services Center
Framingham State University
100 State Street PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701
Fax: 508-626-4598
For additional information, please contact Dr. Christopher Gregory at 508-626-4541.

About the MTEL Exam
The Commonwealth administers MTEL examinations throughout the year. The deadline to register for the exams takes place approximately six weeks before the date of the exam. For further information contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 250 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, by phone 781-338-6600 or visit the website.

Register for the MTEL Exam


Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220