Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Licensure Information
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is responsible for licensing all professional educators in accordance with MGL c.71, sec.38G.
No person shall be eligible for employment as a teacher, guidance counselor, director, school psychologist, school adjustment counselor, school social worker, school nurse, library media specialist, school business administrator, principal, supervisor, director, assistant superintendent of school, and superintendent of schools by a school district unless he has been granted by the commissioner a provisional, or standard certificate with respect to the type of position for which he seeks employment; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a school committee from prescribing additional qualifications; and provided further, that a superintendent may upon request be exempt by the commissioner for any one school year from the requirement in this section to employ certified personnel when compliance therewith would in the opinion of the commissioner constitute a great hardship in securing teachers for that school district.
You can apply for your license and maintain your license through your ELAR account at DESE. It is very important for you to be familiar with your ELAR account which houses your demographic data, schools attended, license information and status, as well as other important documents that have been scanned into your file such as correspondence from DESE, MTEL test scores and other important documents. It is your responsibility as a professional educator to maintain your license.
Dennis-Yarmouth is happy to work regularly with its educators to be sure they are properly licensed throughout the course of their employment. For specific questions please contact Mickey Fredericks in Human Resources, Leila Maxwell, or Sherry Santini both in the Instruction Office.
- Administrative Licensure Routes Guide
- Advancing, Extending, or Renewing a License
- Competency Review Guide
- Employment & Mentorship/Induction Verification Form
- Extending an Initial License
- FAQ on Professional Development Points
- Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL)
- Professional License Audit Guidelines
- Recertification Guidelines
- Regulations Pertaining to Licensure
- SEI Endorsement - How to Apply
- SEI MTEL Information
- Temporary License - For those who've taught three years out of state