Office of Educator Licensure

Administrator License Types and General Requirements

Temporary License:

Validity:

  • Valid for one (1) year of employment
  • Cannot be extended or renewed

General requirements – appropriate for an experienced teacher from out-of-state who:

  • Holds a Bachelor's degree
  • Has been employed in another state under a valid license or certificate comparable to a Massachusetts initial license for at least three (3) years
  • Has not passed or failed Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL

Provisional License: (superintendent/assistant superintendent license only)

Validity:

  • Valid for five (5) years of employment; however, starting on July 1, 2019, an educator who holds one or more provisional licenses may be employed under said license(s) for no more than five years in total.
  • Cannot be extended or renewed

General Requirements – appropriate for a person who:

  • Has a Bachelor's degree
  • Has passed Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL

Initial License:

Validity:

  • Valid for five (5) years of employment
  • Cannot be extended

General Requirements – appropriate for a person who:

Please use the Licensure Requirements tool to identify the pathway/requirement set that is most appropriate for you.

As of September 1, 2014, educators seeking their first administrator license – principal/assistant principal at the initial level must demonstrate the successful application of the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership through completion of a Performance Assessment for Initial License (MA-PAL).

As of July 1, 2014, educators seeking their first administrator license – principal/assistant principal or supervisor director, must earn the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsements (SEI).


Professional License:

Validity:

Requirements for each administrator license at the Professional level are unique to each license field. Please use the Licensure Requirements tool to identify the pathway/requirement set that is most appropriate for you.

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