Lesley graduates who are endorsed for an Initial license in Massachusetts can apply for comparable positions in US states and territories that have signed the NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) Interstate Agreement 2015-2020. The reciprocity agreement means that licensure programs are recognized across states. A Preliminary license is not recognized by other states.

  • How to Obtain a License in Other States

    Because becoming licensed in another state is not automatic, you should investigate the licensure requirements for each state by looking at the websites for the states who have signed the reciprocity agreement. Although your approved Initial licensure program will be recognized, each state may have additional requirements.

    Other states may require verification of your educator licensure program. If you graduated from a Lesley University educator licensure program and need a Verification Form (FORM V) filled out from another state, please send the form to us at the address below, including your contact information address, phone, and email, as well as a cover sheet explaining where you want the form to be sent.

    Each jurisdiction is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements. See the NASDTEC directory of certification/licensure offices to locate the main web site for the entity in each jurisdiction that is responsible for certification or licensure.

  • How to Obtain a Massachusetts License if You are Licensed in Another State

    Massachusetts accepts approved educator preparation programs from other states or the equivalent of an Initial license/certificate and three years of employment under the license in the previous seven years.

    Review the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's webpage on Out-of-State Applicants for complete details on the process and requirements.

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