Certification and Licensure

Massachusetts DESE -  Office of Educator Licensure

Licensure Call Center

Hour of Operation: 9:00-4:45 (Monday-Friday)
Office: 781-338-6600
Fax number: 781-338-3391

Please watch for extended hours of operation during critical school months.

24-hour Automated Line

Dial: 781-338-3000 and then press "2" to obtain the status of an existing licensure application

Walk-In Customer Service Counter

Hours of Operation 8:45-4:45 (Monday-Friday)
Located on the 1st floor

Address and Directions

U.S. Mail

Please mail all correspondence, documents, and official transcripts relating to your licensure application to:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

To ensure proper identification, please include your name and academic license number or social security number on all documents submitted.


Applicants can view particular licensure requirements (Preliminary, Initial, Professional, Temporary) at Licensure Help by selecting the license of interest. When you have decided on the license(s) of choice, simply Apply Online or send a paper application. Please remember to send an official transcript as proof of bachelor's degree, if the office does not have a copy on file.

Website Tips:

Download an application
Teacher Test/MTEL
Find a Preparation program
Find a job
School and District Profiles/Directory


For questions about Vocational Technical Educator Licensure, please send an email to VocEducators@doe.mass.edu

For information about becoming a Vocational Educator, please visit: http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/e_license.html?section=voc

Adult Basic Education

For questions about Adult Basic Education (ABE) Licensure, please send an email to licenseabe@doe.mass.edu

For information about becoming licensed as an ABE teacher, please visit: http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/e_license.html?section=abe

License Renewal (Recertification)

To learn about the Guidelines and other Professional Development Opportunities, please visit: www.doe.mass.edu/recert



Attached is an easy to follow chart outlining the process for achieving "highly qualified" status.

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