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Office of Educator Licensure

Office of Educator Licensure

Massachusetts is committed to ensuring excellence within our schools and to supporting and developing our educator workforce. We are a national leader in education, and are looking for inspired, innovative, and nurturing individuals to join our schools.

Besides this website, our licensure resources include our Call Center (781-338-6600, available weekdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and Walk-in Service Counter (75 Pleasant St., Malden, weekdays, 8:45 am to 4:45 pm). Please bring a photo ID.

Education Security Portal (ESP) Registration Information: For assistance with the ESP Registration process please view the ESP Help page.

Licensure Updates
11/24/2023 View HTML Page  Licensure Welcome Center closed between Monday, December 18th – Friday, December 29th
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Licenses Offered

To find out more about licenses and endorsements offered, including general requirements for each, select one of the license/endorsement topics below.

Licensure Requirements

Learn about licensure requirements, as well as testing information, required documents and helpful guides and forms by selecting one of the topic areas below.

Advance or Renew a License

Find out more about how you can advance, extend, or renew your license. Are you looking for Professional Development opportunities? Search our Professional Development Directory below by content area, location, type of PD and more.

District and School Resources

Access our public Look up to verify a license as well as helpful resources and guidance for schools and districts including obtaining a waiver, performing background checks, and hiring an exchange teacher.

Last Updated: November 24, 2023

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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