Requirements and Licensure
Administrators are licensed professionals in the Commonwealth. The Department issues the following administrator licenses: Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal, School Business Administrator, Special Education Administrator, and Supervisor/Director. In order to receive a formal evaluation to determine your specific requirements, you must apply for a license.
4 types of license:
Preliminary: You can obtain a Preliminary Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license (valid for 5 years of employment) with the minimum requirements of possession of a bachelor's degree, passing the Communication & Literacy Skills MTEL, and three years of employment in an executive management or leadership role.
Initial: An Initial license is valid for 5 years of employment. Requirements include the possession of a bachelor's degree, passing the Communication & Literacy Skills MTEL, and experience in education or management. Additionally, there are several routes to earn an administrator license including the completion of an administrative apprenticeship/internship of 300 hours , completion of a traditional post-baccalaureate (master's) approved program, or the completion of a Panel Review. Each administrator license may also have requirements specific to their field.
Professional: Once you have worked at least 3 years under your Initial license and completed an induction program , you can obtain a Professional license. A Professional license is valid for 5 calendar years.
Temporary: If you are an experienced teacher from another state, you may be eligible for a Temporary license (valid for 1 calendar year). Teachers with at least three years of experience under a license equivalent to the Initial license may qualify for a Temporary license, which allows you to teach while completing any additional requirements for an Initial license.