Stay informed about Coronavirus — COVID-19. Learn more

¿No ve la función de traducción?
Office of Educator Licensure

Educator Licensure

Please note that some applicants may experience issues with their payment promptly appearing in ELAR. After you have submitted your payment and you confirm that the charge is appearing on your bank/credit card account, if the "apply date" is not filled with today's date, please be patient and wait 24–48 hours for processing. If after 48 hours your payment is not appearing, please contact our Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600.

How to Become an Educator in Massachusetts

Educators, including teachers, support personnel, and administrators are required to hold a license issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to be eligible to teach in Massachusetts Public Schools. This page provides general information specific to obtaining a license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

All educators seeking a Provisional or Initial license in MA are required to take and pass the Communications and Literacy Skill MTEL test. Many licenses require educators to take and pass additional subject matter knowledge tests. This page includes general information about the MTEL tests as well as a link to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's MTEL homepage and a chart of required subject matter knowledge tests.

About the Office of Educator Licensure

Welcome to the Office of Educator Licensure at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE). We are excited that your commitment to education has led you here to seek out licensure information and resources. This page provides the current processing dates for licensure applications and document scanning. Call Center average wait times and helpful tips can also be found on this page.

Last Updated: June 8, 2021

Link to ELAR

Contact Us

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Fax: 781-338-3391

Licensure Call Center: 781-338-6600
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–1pm & 2pm–5pm.

Walk-in Welcome Center Service Counter (temporarily closed until further notice)
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:45am – 4:45pm
Located on the 1st floor

Please be sure to bring a form of photo identification that includes your name (cannot be a photo copy) with you when visiting ESE.

 
Contact Us

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

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

Directions

Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.