Process and guidelines for teachers to renew their licenses every 5 years.
To keep your Massachusetts Professional level teacher or specialist license current, you must renew your license, completing relevant professional development programs and activities designed to support and increase student learning. You are required to renew/recertify every five calendar years once you have achieved Professional licensure. If you have let your license lapse, or become inactive or invalid, you can apply to activate it in the same way you would apply for license renewal.
Please review carefully the renewal/recertification guidelines, regulations, and application detailed on the Executive Office of Education's Advancing, Extending, or Renewing a License. In general, you must earn 150 Professional Development Points (PDPs) in the primary Professional license area every 5 years, with a minimum of 90 points in content and 10 points in one topic. Each additional license area must have 30 points in content. The content for your license is defined in the state regulations 603 CMR 7.06, Subject Matter Knowledge of License.
Lesley University is a state-approved professional development provider,
offering courses, seminars, institutes, workshops, and other activities
that fulfill Massachusetts recertification requirements. Professional
development activities are available in a wide range of formats, on
weekends, weekdays and evenings, on campus and at school sites. Please
go to the Graduate School of Education Events and Workshops page
to learn about upcoming programs, institutes, and workshops. Graduate
courses are an excellent way to accumulate PDPs (67.5 PDPs for 3-credit
courses), and we have developed a list of sample graduate courses that
update and deepen teacher knowledge in the field. The complete
University course descriptions can be accessed by going to
the Graduate Academic Catalog and checking Lesley Online Information Service (LOIS) for courses being offered in a given semester.
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