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.
Click on the name of each licensure category above to learn more about the types of licenses that make up each category as well as the general requirements of those licenses.
To find out the specific requirements of the license that you wish to apply for, please use our Licensure Requirements Tool located in the Online Services module.
Last Updated: September 30, 2018
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Office of Educator Licensure75 Pleasant StreetMalden, MA 02148Fax: 781-338-3391
Licensure Call Center: 781-338-6600Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–1pm & 2pm–5pm.
Walk-in Welcome Center Service CounterHours: Monday–Friday8:45am – 4:45pmLocated 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.
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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