For candidates who have completed an approved educators program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Apply for your license at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. To assist you in the process, click here for directions.
This statement appears at the end of your transcript after final grades and degree statements have been posted by the Registrar's Office. A sample: “This individual has completed a State, ICC, & NASDTEC approved program in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is institutionally recommended for Initial Licensure in this field. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).”
(Letters typically come from a building principal or a Human Resources official in your school.)
No, for licensure purposes, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will not accept a degree from outside of the U.S. if it has not been reviewed by an approved agency. Transcripts from colleges/universities outside of the United States must be evaluated by an approved agency in order to determine their U.S. equivalency. A list of approved transcript evaluation agencies can be viewed here [PDF].
(This evaluation will serve as the official verification of your Bachelor's degree. Please have an official copy of the evaluation sent to Room 130 Furcolo Hall.)
Please visit https://www4.doemass.org/elar/licensurehelp/IntroductionPageControl.ser and click on “Licensure Help” from the menu on the left. From there, use the pull-down menus to select the licensure field and level of interest.
No, one transcript printed by the Graduate Records Office will indicate that you completed your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and licensure requirements.
Your Initial license is valid for five years of employment. During this five-year period, you will need to advance your license from Initial to Professional. There are a number of ways to do this. Please see https://www4.doemass.org/elar/licensurehelp/IntroductionPageControl.ser for more information.
Please note that PDP's (or Professional Development Points) play no role in the process of advancing your license from the Initial to Professional stage.
The Educator Licensure Office (Room 130 Furcolo Hall) provides the service of collecting and mailing all licensure documents to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These documents include transcripts, copies of test scores, Practicum reports, etc. Office staff carefully reviews all files before they are mailed to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
In order to help you receive your license in as timely a fashion as possible, please take note of the following: