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How to Prepare for MTEL Exams

The MTEL exam was designed to ensure that educators have the academic preparedness to succeed in a school community. You’ll need both academic proficiency and professional communication skills. Qualifying scores on the required tests indicate that you are knowledgeable in your respective areas of expertise and able to communicate clearly with students and their parents or guardians. Understandably, passing such all-encompassing tests is a challenge that…

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Why Use Online Teaching Certification Preparation?

Online teacher certification prep

One of the minimum requirements for becoming a teacher is a bachelor's degree. Many teachers choose to pursue an even higher level of education, but a bachelor's is the bare minimum for teaching students from kindergarten to grade 12. If you're a full-time student, a bachelor's degree will take four years to get. If you're a part-time student, it could take six years to graduate. During…

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“Yes! You will use this!”

Teacher Inspiration

Any student of history can recognize the connection between productivity and reward in the establishment of the American way of life. And what about today? Is the tight connection between work and reward lived out in your classroom? Far too many of our students question the benefit of school. They make Google their best friend and preface every assignment with, “Am I ever going to use…

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Passing the Composition Exercise: Usage

PrepForward provides online preparation courses to candidates practicing compositions for state teacher tests, including the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam in MA. In this series, I’ll share the most common errors I see and tips for making a solid score on each performance characteristic. Other articles in series: Passing the Composition Exercise: Mechanics “Careful and precise”—that’s the expectation for usage on the MTEL exams composition essay.…

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Getting My MA Teaching License

Securing your first teaching license can feel like navigating a winding, endless path to an uncertain destination. The journey, however, need not be ambiguous at all. The MA Department of Education (http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/) has quite efficiently outlined the steps you must take. The requirements can feel daunting and rigorous, but they are part of the process of verifying that every classroom teacher is equipped for handling the…

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Graphing Fun – Math Teacher Certification

Most teaching licenses will require that you pass a certification exam with math concepts. Thoughts of this test often induce fear and stress in even the most talented prospective teachers. Ensuring that you have a deep understanding of the math fundamentals will alleviate this anxiety and help you pass your exam. One topic that many struggle with is graphing linear equations. Let’s review the basics. Linear…

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