Teaching & Learning: Professional Development
In order to teach in Massachusetts, all teachers must have a current Massachusetts educator license. Depending on your level of teaching experience, you may be qualified for different types of licenses. You can find out more about these levels of licensure by clicking on the link below.
Types of Licenses - Massachusetts Department of Education
Once you have obtained a professional educator license in Massachusetts, you must renew your license every 5 years in order to keep it up to date. This process is commonly known as recertification or relicensure. The following sections will help guide you through the process of recertification.
PREPARING TO RECERTIFY
Activity Record - Massachusetts Department of Education
During the five-year increments you are working towards recertification, you are expected to maintain an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP - pronounced "ip-dip"). The link below is a PDF file of a blank IPDP for you to print out and maintain during the five years. It should be updated regularly and signed by your supervisor at the indicated time frame.
Sample Individual Professional Development Plan - Massachusetts Department of Education
APPLYING FOR RECERTIFICATION
*USING EDUCATION LICENSURE AND RECERTIFICATION
DOE User Registration (ONLINE FORM) - Massachusetts Department of Education
Once you have registered with the Department of Education online you can access your account at anytime and for a variety of reasons. If you have registered with the DOE online click below to be taken to the DOE Security Portal Page. After entering your Log-in and Password you will be directed to a page that has a variety of options for you to choose from. For recertification purposes you will be selecting one of the first two options.
**Please note: It is best to copy down your log-in and password as it is sometimes difficult to retrieve this information online.**
ELAR Recertification Application (ONLINE FORM) - Massachusetts Department of Education
The other method of recertification is to complete the form and mail it in to the Department of Education. The link below is the PDF form of the application for you to fill out and send in.
Application for Renewal of Professional License - Massachusetts Department of Education
Recertification Guidelines - Massachusetts Department of Education
Recertification Questions & Answers - Massachusetts Department of Education