The Department is pleased to announce that in response to feedback from districts, Commissioner Riley is extending the validity period of the Emergency license through June 30, 2022 (originally valid until June 30, 2021) due to continued challenges as a result of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus.
As a result of this change, modifications to ELAR (Educator Licensure and Renewal) will be made to reflect the new expiration date (previously June 30, 2021). In addition, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept applications for the Emergency license up to 180 days following the end of the state of emergency or June 30, 2022, whichever is earlier.
Governor Baker signed special legislation, Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2020, creating the Emergency license. This license was designed to support: 1) aspiring educators looking to join the profession, 2) people who hold a license in one category (teacher, administrator, specialist teacher, or professional support personnel) who have been prevented by COVID-19 from qualifying for a license in another category, and 3) the educator pipeline for school districts looking to bring on new hires.
The requirements for obtaining an emergency license depend on the specific license(s) an applicant pursues. For example, most "academic" teacher licenses require a bachelor's degree, while an administrator license typically requires a bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience in executive management/leadership or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a school. A vocational teacher will also need a bachelor's degree and, where necessary, a professional trade license for that field. An emergency license is also be available to those seeking their first vocational administrator license.
The cost for an emergency license follows the typical fee structure, which is $100.00 for the first application and $25.00 for each additional application. Please note that the emergency license is not available for endorsements. If individuals already have an emergency license that was set to expire 6/30/2021, they will not need to pay an additional fee, the license will automatically be extended to the new 6/30/2022 expiration date.
An overview of the requirements for each emergency license and a FAQ can be found at:
Academic Overview of Emergency Licenses document ;
Vocational Emergency Licenses by Field document ; And
a frequently asked questions document .
Last Updated: February 12, 2021
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