This page contains information for individuals who are interested in learning more about earning a Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education license. For detailed information about a specific license, please use the Licensure Requirements Tool, the Chapter 74 Licensure Guides found at the bottom of this page or you may submit an application for the license to receive an official review.
For general information about vocational licensure, you may also wish to view the Overview of Vocational Educator Licenses Offered video included in the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Series.
The Vocational Technical Education Teacher licenses have two types, Preliminary and Professional. Either license makes an educator eligible to work in a career and vocational technical education setting in the state of Massachusetts; however, an educator must earn a Preliminary license before they can advance to a Professional license.
Career and vocational technical education teachers in possession of a Preliminary license, who wish to know where they stand in terms of the requirements for advancement, are encouraged to submit an application for the Professional license. This will prompt a review of the educator's file to see what requirements have been met.
In order to begin work as an administrator in a vocational education setting, you must possess a Vocational Technical Administrator license. These licenses come in two types, Initial and Professional. An administrator must earn their Initial license before they are able to advance to the Professional stage.
A Cooperative Education Coordinator, 9–14, license is also issued, which allows an individual to oversee the Cooperative Education Program within a school.
For more information on requirements and pathways to earn any of these licenses please see the Licensure Requirements Tool, the Chapter 74 Guide for Vocational Technical Administrator and Cooperative Education Coordinator Licensure found at the bottom of this page or you may submit an application for the license to receive an official review.
Individuals interested in applying for a teaching license may do so through our full-service licensing system, the Educator Licensure And Renewal (ELAR) system.
For more information on the ELAR system, you may wish to review our Create and Manage Your ELAR Profile and How to Apply for a License in ELAR: A Step by Step Guide documents.
Vocational Licensure Application Package
Renewal of License Application
Course Substitution for Professional Vocational Technical Teacher License
Extension of a Preliminary Vocational Educator License
Verification of Preliminary Vocational Licensure Employment Experience
Verification of Preliminary Vocational Licensure Self-Employment Experience
Course Substitution for Retired Courses
Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test
Written & Performance Subject Area Tests
Vocational SEI Guidance Document
Chapter 74 Guide for Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure
Chapter 74 Guide for Professional Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure
Chapter 74 Guide for Vocational Technical Administrator and Cooperative Education Coordinator Licensure
Chapter 74 Guide for Professional Vocational Technical Educator License Renewal
The SEI Endorsement and Career Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure
Last Updated: October 13, 2021
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