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Professional License Extensions Guidelines and Answers

Governor Baker issued an executive order on March 18, 2020, extending Massachusetts-issued licenses for certain licensed professionals, including licensed educators. The order provides that a license that is "in good standing" as of March 18, 2020, and that has expired or will expire during the state of emergency, is now extended and will remain valid until 90 days after the end of the state of emergency.

This will impact educators who possess an expiring license issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department or DESE), regardless of category (e.g., Academic, Vocational, or Adult Basic Education) or type (Temporary, Provisional, Initial, or Professional) of license. For additional information on how this may impact your license(s) and for answers to FAQ's, please review the following document:

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Professional License Extensions: Guidelines and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Educator Licenses — Updated May 4, 2020

Last Updated: May 4, 2020

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