Quote from MHDNURSE
Welcome! I am in MA as well and DESE certification is a big pain.
The hardest part is finding time to go to the mandated trainings. There are three and the information can be found here: BU CME/CNE
You have to attend all three. The 2-day one is coming up in October. They run about three times per year.
You also have to take the communication and literacy exam of the MTEL.
In order to register to need to set up an ELAR account : Login to MassEdu Gateway, ELAR, and EEC Single Sign-In
You will need a MPEID in order to register (ask your school for that). The testing windows are year-round and it takes about 6 weeks to get your scores. They get sent directly to your ELAR account. You also need to show that you have at least 2 years of applicable nursing experience (I sent proof of employment). Also, they need a copy of your transcript from your BSN undergrad. Everything can be uploaded into the ELAR account.
Office of Educator Licensure
Hope this helps a little
Also, make sure you make and keep copies of EVERYTHING you send to DESE, they tend to lose things, and get confused if your documents are not in the name you go by (for example, when I went to nursing school, I wasn't married, so my degrees are in my maiden name, I had to write a letter to them telling them that!). I actually ended up going to Malden to the DESE office....OMG, armed guards at the door and a metal detector! That is how nuts it can be, but they were very nice and happy I went and I got all my paperwork settled.
The MTEL is easy...so don't fret over it, you passed the NCLEX you will pass this, it is just reading, comprehension and writing.
Good luck! Any questions, just ask!!