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How to Obtain an Academic PreK-12 License

For an overview of the application process, please refer to our helpful guide titled Massachusetts Educator Licensure: Getting Started with the Application Process .

  • Academic PreK-12 Licenses are offered in the following categories: Teacher, Teacher Specialist, Administrator and Professional Support Personnel. General requirements for available license types (Temporary, Provisional, Initial, and Professional) along with general guidance on how to add additional licenses can be found by clicking on the category specific link in the left navigation.

  • Educator Preparation: One of the requirements for obtaining an Initial Teaching or Teaching Specialist License is the completion of an approved educator preparation program. This requirement can be met in a number of settings. These settings include the completion of a program from a specified College, University, or Alternative/Practice-Based Licensure Program, or through the performance review program PRPIL.

  • Out-of-state applicants seeking their first license in the State of Massachusetts could qualify for one of three (3) types of Academic PreK-12 educator licenses: Temporary, Provisional, or Initial.

  • SEI Endorsement: To qualify for a first Initial license in Massachusetts as a; core academic teacher, principal/assistant principal, or supervisor/director, an educator must hold a Sheltered English Immersion endorsement.

Last Updated: December 16, 2021

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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
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.

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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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