Licensure

Boston University Approved Programs

BU offers Massachusetts approved programs for licensure at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. BU programs satisfy the course and practicum requirements for either the initial or professional license.

Boston University Students: Four Steps to Licensure

Step 1: Apply for Licensure

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has implemented an online system for licensure application. Click on the ELAR logo on the right. This will open the security portal. Here you will create your profile and/or enter to apply for licensure, additional licenses, or to view your status page.

By applying online you are entering your information directly into the DESE database. If a school district is considering your candidacy and calls DESE to verify your license status, you will appear in the DESE system as an applicant.

At this web site you can:

  • Establish and confirm your profile information
  • Obtain a MA Employee Personnel ID (MEPID) number
  • Select the license/s you wish to apply for and indicate how you are meeting or plan to meet the requirements for each license. (Please read the information in the “License Types” section on the next page before beginning your online application.)
  • Apply for the SEI Endorsement (if you were required to take either TL520, TL525, or TL530)
  • Complete and confirm your affidavit
  • Confirm and submit your application
  • Enter payment

Step 2: MTELs

Register for and take the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL and other required MTELs. Scores will be sent directly to you and to DESE. Information about the MTELs.

Step 3: Transcript Submission

Graduate Students Only: Submit Official Non-BU Transcript/s to DESE which Show a Conferred Degree

You cannot submit a transcript online. All transcripts must show the date of graduation and your degree. Have transcript/s sent from the college directly to the address in this section. It is not necessary to submit transcripts showing coursework which has been transferred into a degree program. It is the responsibility of the student to submit official non-BU transcripts to DESE. Have all official non-BU transcripts sent to:

Office of Educator Licensure
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-9140

Graduate Students & Undergraduate Students: BU Transcripts

By signing the attached notice of intention form you are giving the University permission to submit your official BU transcript to DESE.

Step 4: Notify SED of Intent to Obtain Licensure

To notify the SED Licensure Office of your intention to be licensed in the Commonwealth, and to give SED permission to submit your BU transcript, you must print and complete the attached form and return it to SED Room 113 with a screen print from DESE indicating that you have applied online. Please slide this form under the door if the office is closed.

You must enter your MEPID number from your MA application on this form and in the BU LINK. To enter the MEPID in the LINK click on the Personal tab, then External ID and continue through all steps.

Your application, with supporting documentation, will then be processed as part of the “batch” during the eight weeks following your graduation date and delivered to DESE. You will only be contacted if there are any problems with your request.

After a successful review a permanent endorsement will be added to your transcript.

DESE no longer mails hard copies of licenses. Please regularly check your ELAR status page to know when the license is issued and your license number. You will see a click at the bottom left of your status page which will enable you to print an “unofficial” license.

Important phone numbers and additional information

  • The DESE automated line for applicants (requires inputting social security number) is 781-338-3000.
  • The DESE Call Center number is 781-338-6600. You may speak with a DESE staff person between the hours of 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. You may be on hold for a time so please be prepared for this possibility.
  • Jo-Anne Richard, Licensure Officer
    BU Licensure Office
    School of Education, Room 113
    Two Silber Way
    Boston, MA 02215
    617-353-3239 or jrichard@bu.edu

    http://www.bu.edu/sed/licensure

License Types and Requirements for Each

For the complete list of requirements for each license please refer the DOE website.

Initial License (this is the first license granted after completion of an approved program)

Professional License (this license is for an experienced educator and requires an initial license and 3 years of experience under that license)

Alumni of Boston University

Alumni should send state verification of program forms to the SED Licensure Office for completion when applying for licensure in another state. Please include a note with your contact information and directions on where the completed form should be sent. If you prefer, you may email a copy of the form to at jrichard@bu.edu. Official transcripts must be ordered directly from the Office of the University Registrar.

Massachusetts Licensure Information

Massachusetts Licensure Types
Massachusetts issues four types of licenses: Preliminary, Initial, Professional, and Temporary. The Boston University approved licensure programs lead to licensure with either Initial or Professional status.
Learn more about these types of licenses

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
Massachusetts requires applicants for educator licensure to pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). All applicants must take the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test AND relevant subject matter test(s) as part of the licensing requirements. We strongly recommend you take only one MTEL on any given test day.
Licenses, grade levels, and MTELs required

Reading the Test Information Booklets will help you by familiarizing you with the format and content of the tests. Practice tests are available for the Communication and Literacy Skills test (Reading and Writing subtests) (01) and for  many others. Please note that Mathematics (09), meets the testing requirement for Mathematics in grades 1-12. There are other Mathematics test options for elementary only or middle school only Mathematics, which meet the requirements in those fields (MTEL (53) and (47), respectively).

Boston University does not offer Test Prep Workshops. MTEL Test Information Booklets are available to the Boston University community in the SED Pickering Educational Resources Library or on-line

Download Test Information Booklets

MTEL Registration Bulletins may be downloaded. The MTEL website also gives you information about the new computer-based testing and about alternative testing arrangements.

MTEL registration and test date information


License Reciprocity
(NASDTEC Interstate Agreement)
We recommend that our students become licensed in Massachusetts when they complete an approved program at Boston University. By becoming licensed in Massachusetts, the student will find it easier to gain licensure in his or her home state or his or her destination state since Massachusetts participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Contract.

While reciprocity will make it easier to become licensed in another state, it does not mean that there is an automatic transfer of licenses among participating states. Often one will have to take state specific tests or fulfill other requirements to achieve licensure in another state.

Check on the requirements of destination states (jurisdictions) you are interested in at http://www.nasdtec.org/

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements in Massachusetts
The NCLB definition of Highly Qualified Teachers is: To be deemed highly qualified, teachers must have: 1) a bachelor’s degree, 2) full state certification or licensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach. By reading the Massachusetts ESE website, you can learn how your Massachusetts license qualifies you for the Highly Qualified Teacher designation or what additional steps may be required for you to achieve the designation.
More information

Teacher License

Baccalaureate Initial
Biology 5-8, 8-12
Chemistry 8-12
Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without disabilities PreK-2
Earth Science 5-8, 8-12
Elementary 1-6
English 5-8. 8-12
English as a Second Language PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (French) PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (German) PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (Italian) PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (Russian) PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (Spanish) PreK-6, 5-12
General Science 5-8
History 5-8, 8-12
Latin & Classical Humanities 5-12
Mathematics 1-6, 5-8, 8-12
Music: Vocal/Instrumental/General All
Physical Education PreK-8, 5-12
Physics 8-12
Political Science/Political Philosophy 5-8, 8-12
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, 5-12
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilties All
Visual Art PreK-8, 5-12
Post Baccalaureate Initial
Biology 5-8, 8-12
Chemistry 8-12
Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without disabilities PreK-2
Earth Science 5-8, 8-12
Elementary 1-6
English 5-8, 8-12
English Language Learners PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (Arabic) 5-12
Foreign Language (French) PreK-6, 5-12
Foreign Language (Spanish) PreK-6, 5-12
General Science 5-8
Health/Family and Consumer Science All
History 5-8, 8-12
Instructional Technology All
Latin and Classical Humanities 5-12
Library All
Mathematics 5-8, 8-12
Political Science/Political Philosophy 5-8, 8-12
Music: Vocal/Instrumental/General All
Physical Education PreK-8, 5-12
Physics 8-12
Physics for STEM Professionals 5-8, 8-12
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, 5-12
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities All
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing All
Visual Art PreK-8, 5-12
Post Baccalaureate: Approved Master’s Degree and Post-Master’s +18 Credit Programs Professional
Elementary 1-6
English 5-8, 8-12
English Language Learners PreK-6, 5-12
History 5-8, 8-12
Latin and Classical Humanities 5-12
Mathematics 5-8, 8-12
Music: Vocal/Instrumental/General All
Physical Education PreK-8, 5-12
Political Science/Political Philosophy 5-8, 8-12
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, 5-12
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities All
Visual Art PreK-8, 5-12

Specialist Teacher License

Post Baccalaureate Initial and Professional
Reading All
Speech and Language and Hearing Disorders All

Professional Support License

Post Baccalaureate Initial and Professional
School Guidance Counselor PreK-8, 5-12
School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor All

Administrator License

Post Baccaureate Initial
School Principal/Assistant School Principal PreK-6, 5-8, 9-12
Special Education Administrator All
Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent All
Initial and Professional
Supervisor/Director All

Approved Licensure Programs at Boston University Amended June 13, 2012

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.