The Department is pleased to announce that in response to feedback from districts and due to continued staffing challenges, Commissioner Riley is extending the validity period of some "old" Emergency licenses through June 30, 2024 (an old Emergency license was issued between June, 2020 and December 12, 2021 and was originally valid until June 30, 2021 and subsequently extended two additional years to June 30, 2023).
In order to qualify for an extension, an educator would need to apply for the extension in ELAR and demonstrate progress towards obtaining a license since earning the emergency license. An example of an academic teacher demonstrating progress for their first extension would be:
Since obtaining the Emergency license, the educator has participated in an induction program provided by their school district and completed one of the following:
For clarity on the meaning of "since obtaining the emergency license", please see the following examples:
As a result of this change, modifications to ELAR (Educator Licensure and Renewal) will be made to reflect this new process and we will provide an update at a later date as to when the application process for an extension of these "old" Emergency licenses will be available. There will not be a deadline to be able to apply for or qualify for an extension, however, "old" Emergency licenses that are not extended will expire on June 30, 2023.
If an educator with an "old" Emergency license is unable to meet the requirements to obtain an Emergency license extension, the district can pursue a Hardship Waiver in order to employ that educator in the 2023-24 school year. School districts can begin applying for a Hardship Waiver for 2023-24 through ELAR as early as April 1, 2023. In addition to applying for the waiver, the district must submit evidence of having advertised the position, submit a list of all appropriately licensed candidates that applied for the job, and state the reasons they are not qualified and reasons the candidate is qualified.
Professional Teacher Status (PTS). Time spent working under an emergency license can count towards PTS if the educator obtains a provisional or initial academic license or a preliminary vocational license within two years of the date of issuance of the emergency license in the field and continues to work for the same employer under the newly acquired license.
Additional Questions. If you have any additional questions about the extension of Emergency licenses, please contact the Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600. The Call Center is open each business day from 9am–1pm and 2pm–5pm.
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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