Checklist of instructions for candidates completing an educator licensure program who want to obtain a Massachusetts educator license.
Please review the checklist below to be sure that you have taken all necessary steps. Be accurate and consistent with your personal information so that your name, date of birth, MEPID, and social security number are correct and identical in your ELAR, MTEL registrations, etc.
Obtain your Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID number (MEPID) within the MA ESE Educator Licensure and Renewal profile (ELAR) as soon as you have enrolled in your program. Report this number to Lesley through the Lesley Online Information System (LOIS). See Setting Up ELAR/MEPID. This is critical, as your MEPID number identifies you to the state and then Lesley can confirm your enrollment in an educator preparation program. It also enables us to endorse you for a license at program completion. There is no charge to establish an ELAR profile. Once you have set up an ELAR, you can check MTEL test results, check license status, and upload documents, etc.
Look for a confirmation email from ESE stating the date of Lesley's electronic endorsement, the subject/grade level of the Initial license endorsement, and SEI, if applicable. Check it for accuracy and save a copy for your files. While waiting for the ESE to process your license approval, use the ESE confirmation email to show employers that your licensure requirements have been completed.
Certification/Educator Licensure Office
MA Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs)
Initial MA License
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Regulations Outside MA
News and Updates
Endorsed Transcript Request PreK-12 Graduate Education Programs
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Guide [pdf]
Lesley MTEL Test Policy
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Sharyn S. BoornazianCertification Officer617.349.8496
Rita SugarmanAssociate Certification Officer617.349.8427Mailing address: 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790