The Type of license that an educator applies for is going to be dependent on a variety of factors, such as the applicant's education, training, experience, and licensure priorities. A complete overview of available license types in each license category can be found in pages 5–8 of the Licensure 101: How to Obtain a Massachusetts Educator License . General requirements for each license type are noted below.
Temporary: An option for educators who are licensed in another state and have three years of experience working in the role of that license in that state.
Provisional: General Requirements — A Provisional License is appropriate for individuals who:
Initial: General Requirements. An Initial License is appropriate for individuals who:
Professional: General Requirements. A Professional License is appropriate for individuals who:
Military Spouse License: An educator license issued to a Military Spouse who has a bachelor's degree, holds a valid educator license from another state, and has not satisfied the testing requirements for a Massachusetts educator license. The Military Spouse License is valid for three years of employment.
Specific Licensure Requirements for each license category, type, and grade level can be found in the Licensure Requirements Tool.
Educators are expected to take note of the amount of time for which each license is valid and work toward advancement of each license to its next stage, i.e., from Provisional to Initial or from Initial to Professional. Licenses at the Professional stage must be renewed every five years or else they become inactive/invalid.
Information on calculating years of employment and advancing or renewing a license can be found at Advancing or Extending a License webpage.
Last Updated: March 30, 2023
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