Office of Educator Licensure

Professional Support Personnel 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 MA initial license, for at least three (3) years
  • Has not passed or failed Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL

Initial License:

Validity:

  • Valid for five (5) years of employment
  • Can be extended once for an additional five (5) years of employment (see Extension of an Initial License guide)

Requirements for each professional support personnel license at the initial 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.

Professional License:

Validity:

  • Valid for five (5) calendar years
  • Is renewable every five (5) years (see Professional License Renewal)

Requirements for each professional support personnel 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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