The Center for Careers in Teaching

Education Department Chair -  Nancy Tyler Higgins

Contact at 781-280-3563,

A rewarding career in teaching begins with the programs of study listed below, which are designed to prepare a student to transfer into a bachelor's program leading to teacher licensure. It is recommended that the electives within the degree programs, especially Liberal Arts and Sciences, be selected with the guidance of academic planning advisor. Students work with the academic planning advisor to create an individualized program in anticipation of choosing a major at the transfer institution. Transfer articulation agreements are in place between Middlesex Community College and several local four year schools.

Service Learning and Student Teaching placements in area grade schools provide practical experiences for future teachers and support and enhance the teacher preparation curriculum.

General Information

What We Do

  • Assist and encourage aspiring teachers who want to begin or continue their career preparation at Middlesex Community College.
  • Provide Academic advising and counseling to structure an academic pathway to teacher licensure.
  • Specialize in providing current, accurate resources and information on state licensure regulations, routes to licensure, and teacher tests information and resources to enrolled education students.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for students to apply academic learning in a school setting with support of college faculty and K-12 teachers.
  • Promote teaching as a valuable and rewarding career. The Center, which maintains offices in Bedford and Lowell with a collection of up-to-date resources, provides individualized services via telephone, e-mail, and appointments.

Other Features of the Center

  • Informational sessions in transfer options to baccalaureate teacher education programs.
  • Workshops and mentoring support for the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensure tests.

Massachusetts Test for Educators (MTEL)

To be licensed in Massachusetts, passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are required. All candidates must pass the Communication and Literacy subtest of the MTEL prior to transfer to a four-year school and at least one appropriate subject matter knowledge test generally taken during the junior or senior year of the Bachelor's Degree.

The Center for Careers in Teaching sponsors an MTEL preparation workshop for MCC students, which is held on campus. Effectively prepare for the test by reviewing test-taking strategies, learning ways to reduce test anxiety, studying intensive review exercises and practicing using sample tests. The textbook is provided. Call for information.

Additional Links

Massachusetts EEC Professional Qualifications Registry All Early Childhood teachers need to register their qualifications.

EEC Professional Development Training (R3P)

Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance

Mass Educator Licensure Questions This website is designed to answer questions you may have about the requirements of the Teacher licensure exams.

National Commission on Teaching & America's Future

Last Modified: 10/16/19