Wherever you are on your education career path, our office can help you plan your next steps, keep you informed, and offer support and resources for Massachusetts teacher test preparation.
To obtain an Initial or Professional MA educator license, Lesley graduate and undergraduate candidates must take a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved program. Those who wish to get an Initial license must also pass required state tests (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, or MTELs) for that license. (Candidates seeking an optional preliminary license must apply on their
own, as Lesley does not endorse for this license.) See the state's Licensure Requirements Tool for requirements of any license.For more information on pathways to licensure, read How To Become (and Remain) a Licensed Educator in Massachusetts.
Our office assists past, current, and prospective students regarding:
You are required to set up an electronic account
(ELAR) through the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (MA ESE) at the start of your program. Once you have done so, let Lesley University
know your identification (MEPID) number. Get instructions»
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Walk-in help desk M–F, 8:45 am–4:45 pmLicensure Help Call Center: 781.338.6600 M-F, 9 am–12 pm; 2 pm–5 pm.
The MA DESE website has many useful pages. Here are just a few:
Licensure Requirements Tool Set up your Educator Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) Account Education Laws and Regulations 603 CMR 7.00Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Candidate Assessment of Performance Information about Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement required for all teachers Commissioners Determination Guidelines Highly Qualified Requirements for MA Teachers Out of state applicant information Foreign degree and credit equivalency
Explore the MA DESE website.
Certification/Educator Licensure Office
MA Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs)
Initial MA License
Professional MA License
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
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
The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced a new Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement requirement for educator candidates in preparation programs. Please see the News and Updates page for more information.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has developed professional standards for teachers (PSTs) that align with the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework, and that we have used in designing programs that will prepare our candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective as educators. Learn more about the professional standards and indicators.