2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Educator Licensure Regulations

All the education license programs at Lesley are approved through 2021 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Because of this state approval, Lesley educator license programs are recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement 2010-2015. The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement means that undergraduate and graduate educators with an initial or professional license are eligible to apply for certification in other states based upon a MA license.


The Lesley Educator License and Certification website, www.lesley.edu/certification is the primary source for information on educator licensure. This website has MTEL workshops and MTEL math course schedules and registration instructions. The process for applying for Initial and Professional licenses, and frequently asked questions for both licensure and Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are highlighted. Information regarding license renewal and licensure regulations outside Massachusetts is also available, along with the latest MTEL information and study resources. Specific links to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education keep the Lesley community aware of changes to regulations and procedures.


Amy Stratman, the Certification and Regulatory Affairs Officer, can be reached at astratma@lesley.edu.  


Massachusetts Educator Licensure Requirements:

Educator Licensure and Recruitment (ELAR) Account


ELAR is the state's online portal that enables you to complete most licensure-related transactions on the Internet. Through ELAR, you can apply for or advance a license online, renew a Professional license, check the status of a license/application, make a payment, view what documents are scanned into your file, request a hard copy license, update contact information, view correspondence from the MA Office of Educator Licensure, and print unofficial license information.


REQUIRED Immediately: Set up an ELAR account at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, go to www.mass.gov/edu/gateway/ . You will be assigned a unique Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID number, or MEPID, which must be reported to Lesley University through Lesley's Online Information Service (LOIS).

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement


In response to the new SEI requirements Lesley has modified all initial licensure programs to include an approved 4-credit Sheltered English Instruction course. Candidates for Initial teacher licensure are required to have an SEI endorsement if seeking licensure after July 1, 2014. License renewals, extensions, or advances after July 1, 2016 will require a Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement.


After July 1, 2016, Professional Development Plans will require at least 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) related to SEI or English as a second language and at least 15 PDPs related to training strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.


Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)


Candidates seeking Initial license as a teacher, specialist, or counselor are required by the state to pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), a series of pass/fail tests designed to measure readiness for educator licensure. The Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL has a reading subtest and writing subtest, is required for all educator licenses, and is offered year round as a computer-based test. Candidates can opt to take both subtests in the same test administration (4 hours), or each subtest can be taken in a separate 4-hour administration. In addition, subject matter tests are required for teaching and specialist licenses (not for counseling or Instructional Technology), and some licenses require the Foundations of Reading MTEL. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) website contains a list of required MTEL exams for each license area, as does Lesley’s MTEL Student Guide [pdf].

In recognition of the need for increased and enhanced math proficiency for teachers and students, the General Curriculum (GC) MTEL subject test includes a separately-scored mathematics subtest and a multi-subject subtest. GC is required for students in Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, and Severe Disabilities programs. Candidates in these license areas take an online math diagnostic; Elementary and/or Moderate Disabilities license candidates take the diagnostic in EEDUC 5012 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics, or earlier if desired. Online math diagnostic results help determine whether students should register for an 18-hour Math General Curriculum workshop or 36-hour Math General Curriculum course.