Updates on MTELs, regulations, and licensure.
Please note that individual school districts and programs are responsible to ensure that all individuals who have the potential for unmonitored contact with children have fingerprinting and background checks. Because the fingerprinting process is being phased in, schools may have different timelines for implementing this requirement for students completing practicum and field placement experiences. As soon as you know where you will be placed for a practicum, internship or field experience, contact the school, center or program for next steps regarding the fingerprinting requirement.
All licensure candidates are required to set up an electronic account
(Educator Licensure and Renewal) at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education at the start of your program. Once you have done so, let Lesley University
know your MEPID number by using LOIS (Lesley Online Information System). For more information »
An SEI Endorsement is required to obtain an Initial License as a core academic teacher, which includes early childhood and elementary teachers, teachers of students with moderate disabilities, teachers of severe disabilities, and teachers of the following academic subjects: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, civics and government, economics, history, and geography.
To review applications, the ESE Licensure Office needs to have received payment, official transcripts, and notification of passing scores on the MTEL Communication & Literacy Tests. (MTEL scores are automatically received from MTEL vendor.)
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Sharyn S. BoornazianCertification Officer617.349.8496
Rita SugarmanAssociate Certification Officer617.349.8427
Nerecesa PiresAssociate Certification Officer617.349.8312
Mailing address: 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790