Preliminary License (MA)

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Preliminary License (MA)

The Preliminary License is for those who have not completed an Approved Educator Preparation Program. It allows for the applicant to teach while working towards completing a teacher program (needed for Initial License).

License Valid for 5 years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Massachusetts
Contact Name: Office of Educator Licensure
Contact Phone: 781-338-6600
Contact Email:
For more information please visit the state website:

Applicants may email the state through their website listed, but expect some time before a response. FAQs on the state website are a helpful resource.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


Will NOT Accept Scores from Out of State

Additional languages: Armenian, Cambodian, Cape Verdean, Hungarian, Ukrainian.

Competency for languages that are not offered by MTEL exams may be demonstrated by Competency Review. Contact the DESE for more info.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Educator Licensure, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable
Applicant must work toward Initial License requirements in order to keep teaching.

$25 per additional license beyond first.

May apply online or by mail.
For printable hard copy – click on PreK-12 Licensure Application under “Applying Online”

Processing time is estimated.

You may print this route.

Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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