2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

Massachusetts Educator License Renewal

Lesley University is a state-approved professional development provider, offering courses, seminars, institutes, workshops, and other activities that fulfill Massachusetts renewal requirements. A broad range of professional development activities are offered on weekends, weekdays, and evenings in various delivery formats.

Massachusetts teachers, administrators, and professional support personnel must apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for renewal every five years, as noted on their individual licenses. This requirement applies only to those who hold Professional licenses. Information is available through the Lesley University Certification and Educator Licensure Office or at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148-5023, or 781.338.6600.

For professional license renewal, you must earn: at least 15 PDPs in content (subject matter knowledge); at least 15 PDPs in pedagogy (professional skills and knowledge); at least 15 PDPs related to Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language (ESL); at least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles. The remaining required 90 PDPs may be earned through any combination of elective activities that address other educational issues and topics that improve student learning, additional content, or pedagogy. The renewal of each additional area license(s) will require 30 PDPs, of which 15 out of the 30 must be content related.