Licensure FAQ

Licensure FAQ

  • 1. Q: What is an Educator's License, and how do I get one?
  • 2. Q: What is the difference among Preliminary, Initial, Temporary, and Professional licenses?
  • 3. Q: What state-approved preparation programs for teaching licenses are offered at Assumption?
  • 4. Q: How can I be licensed to teach in Special Education?
  • 5. Q: To be licensed as a school guidance counselor, do I need a classroom teaching license?
  • 6. Q: What tests are required for Licensure in Massachusetts?
  • 7. Q: I'm not from Massachusetts and want to get licensed in my home state. Can I do this if I complete a program at Assumption?
  • 8. Q: What is the cost to apply for a license?
  • 9. Q: How long will the Educator Licensure application process take?
  • 10. Q: Where can I find additional information on licensure in Massachusetts?
  • 11. Q: Who can I contact at Assumption College if I have any questions about licensure?

1. Q: What is an Educator's License, and how do I get one?

An Educator license is a credential issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. An Educator license is required for teaching and other professional roles in public schools. Licenses are issued for specific roles and levels (e.g. elementary teacher, secondary mathematics teacher, reading specialist); there is no "general teaching license" issued in Massachusetts. Most individuals become licensed to teach in Massachusetts by completing approved programs as undergraduates, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students through four-year colleges or universities; however, there are actually five routes to obtaining An Educator license:

  • Route One is the approved undergraduate program for prospective teachers.
  • Route Two includes approved one- or two-year post-baccalaureate programs as well as approved alternative programs.
  • Route Three is for Educator candidates who will receive their preparation in school district-based approved preparation programs. This route is for prospective Educators who have not completed a practicum and related pedagogical coursework who seek an apprenticeship in a classroom under the direct supervision of a teacher and/or Administrator who holds a Professional License.
  • Route Four is for Educator candidates who receive their preparation in district-based, approved preparation programs. This route is designed for prospective Educators who have not completed a practicum and related pedagogical study, are hired as teachers of record, and are assigned to a mentor.
  • Route Five is for candidates who have completed an educator preparation program outside Massachusetts.

Most individuals seeking licensure through the Assumption College approved programs will be enrolled in programs that meet Route One or Two requirements. If you think you may be eligible for licensure under one of the other routes, you should refer to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/.

2. Q: What is the difference among Preliminary, Initial, Temporary, and Professional licenses?

Massachusetts offers different types of educator licenses. Based upon your training you can be employed by a school under a Preliminary, Initial, Temporary, or Professional license. Please click http://www.doe.mass.edu/Educators/e_license.html?section=k12 for more information.

3. Q: What state-approved preparation programs for teaching licenses are offered at Assumption?

As is required in Massachusetts, students major in a specific academic discipline in conjunction with an education concentration.

4. Q: How can I be licensed to teach in Special Education?

Assumption offers a Master of Arts in Special Education: Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) Download Special Education Catalog PDF

Fifth-year option for a Master of Arts in Special Education The education department offers a five-year program that allows a student to complete requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences and a Master of Arts in Special Education degree. The program leads to eligibility for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre K-8 or 5-12), as well as a Massachusetts Initial License in one of Assumption’s approved programs offered at the undergraduate level. Students may request more information by contacting Dr. Nanho Vander Hart nvanderhart@assumption.edu, Director of the Special Education Program, or Ms. Karen Weilbrenner k.weilbrenner@assumption.edu Licensure Program Coordinator.

5. Q: To be licensed as a school guidance counselor, do I need a classroom teaching license?

You do not need to hold a regular teaching license in order to hold a school counselor license. You do, however, need to fulfill the requirements for school counseling. The School Counseling Department offers a B.A./M.A. option that enables an Assumption College undergraduate student to complete requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts degree in an area of the liberal arts and sciences and the Master of Art in School Counseling degree leading to eligibility for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Counseling (PreK-8 or 5-12).

Students may request more information about the graduate program in School Counseling at http://graduate.assumption.edu/school-counseling/ma-school-counseling or from the Graduate Office at graduate@assumption.edu or Dr. Mary Ann Mariani. mmariani@assumption.edu, Director, School Counseling Program.

6. Q: What tests are required for Licensure in Massachusetts?

In order to meet the Licensure requirements, you must pass the appropriate Massachusetts Test(s) for Educator Licensure (MTEL). A Communications and Literacy Skills test is needed for all types of licenses (teachers, specialist teachers, support personnel and administrators). In addition, subject matter tests are required for all teaching and specialist teaching subject areas. Click here for what subject matter test to take

7. Q: I'm not from Massachusetts and want to get licensed in my home state. Can I do this if I complete a program at Assumption?

Candidates who complete the state-approved program and thereby earn a first Initial License, are eligible for licensure reciprocity with more than 40 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract (interstate agreements).

8. Q: What is the cost to apply for a license?

First time applicants must pay a $100 fee for the first license area/level applied for. Any additional license areas/levels will cost $25 each. A bank check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or MasterCard and Visa, are the payment options available.

  • Example: Applying for first time license in Mathematics (8-12) and English (8-12) = $100.00 +$25.00 = $125.00.

9. Q: How long will the Educator Licensure application process take?

It is not possible to say exactly how long it will take. The answer depends on several factors, such as the date on which your application is received, the type of license for which you are applying, the volumes of applications being processed at the time, and whether the application was filled out correctly and completely. The most convenient way to check on your licensure status is online. Visit www.doe.mass.edu/educators and click on the ELAR icon to log in to your account. This information is accessible 24 hours a day.

10. Q: Where can I find additional information on licensure in Massachusetts?

For more information you should refer to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website http://www.doe.mass.edu/.

11. Q: Who can I contact at Assumption College if I have any questions about licensure?