Determine the requirements for a particular license
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Please select the field, then the level, and then the type of license for which you are seeking the requirements.
The license field represents the category and subject matter area of a particular license. For example "Teacher Biology" and "Vocational Technical Teacher Carpentry" are two examples in the teacher category. Administrator School Principal/Assistant Principal and Vocational Technical Principal/Assistant Principal are two examples in the administrator category.
Each license is valid for employment at a particular grade level or several grade levels.
There are several grade level combinations including (but not limited to) "All", "PreK-8", and "8-12".
There are 4 types of licenses valid in Massachusetts (click "help" at the top right corner of the screen for more information regarding the license types):
Preliminary License - A teacher license issued to a person who holds a bachelor's degree and has passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) and met other eligibility requirements. (Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher license is a teacher license issued to a person who has met certain educational, employment experience and for certain areas occupational license/certification requirements and passed a performance test and other required tests).
Initial License - An educator license issued to a person who has completed a bachelor's degree, passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, completed a professional preparation program approved by the Commissioner, and met other eligibility requirements. (Initial Vocational Technical Administrator license is a license issued to a person who has a bachelor's degree and another educator license, certain employment experience and who has passed certain tests). (Initial Vocational Technical Cooperative Education Coordinator license is a license issued to a person who has a Vocational Technical Teacher/Administrator license or certain business/industry experience and who has completed an internship and passed a communication and literacy test).
Professional License - An educator license issued to a person who has met the requirements for an Initial license, completed a Performance Assessment Program or an appropriate master's degree program, and met other requirements. (Professional Vocational Technical Teacher license is license issued to a person who possesses a Preliminary license has completed certain college courses, employment and induction program requirements). (Professional Vocational Technical Administrator and the Cooperative Education Coordinator license is issued to a person who possesses an Initial license and who has completed employment and induction program requirements).
Temporary License - An educator license issued to a person who holds a valid license or certificate of a type comparable to at least an Initial license in Massachusetts from another state or jurisdiction, and who has been employed under such license for a minimum of three years but has not satisfied the Massachusetts testing requirements.