Professional Licensure Programs at MCLA

Below is a chart of MCLA’s courses and programs that customarily lead to professional licensure, and the states where such programs meet, do not meet, or are not yet determined to meet local requirements for professional licensure.

Program Meet PL Licensure Does Not Meet PL Licensure Not Yet Determined

Education – Initial Licensure (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Early Childhood PK-2
  • Elementary 1-6
  • Middle School Humanities 5-8
  • Middle School Math/Science 5-8
  • General Science 5-8
  • Mathematics 5-12
  • English 5-12
  • History 5-12
  • Biology 8-12
  • Chemistry 8-12
  • Physics 8-12
MA   AL  AK  AZ  AR  CA  CO  CT  DE  FL  GA  HI  ID  IL  IN  IA  KS  KY  LA  ME  MD  MI  MN  MS  MO  MT  NE  NV  NH  NJ  NM  NY  NC  ND  OH  OK  OR  PA  RI  SC  SD  TN  TX  UT  VT  VA  WA  WV  WI  WY  

Education – Additional Initial Licensure (graduate only)

  • Moderate Disabilities PK-8
  • Moderate Disabilities 5-12
MA   AL  AK  AZ  AR  CA  CO  CT  DE  FL  GA  HI  ID  IL  IN  IA  KS  KY  LA  ME  MD  MI  MN  MS  MO  MT  NE  NV  NH  NJ  NM  NY  NC  ND  OH  OK  OR  PA  RI  SC  SD  TN  TX  UT  VT  VA  WA  WV  WI  WY  

Education – Leadership Academy

  • Principal/Assistant Principal PK-8
  • Principal/Assistant Principal 5-12
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
MA   AL  AK  AZ  AR  CA  CO  CT  DE  FL  GA  HI  ID  IL  IN  IA  KS  KY  LA  ME  MD  MI  MN  MS  MO  MT  NE  NV  NH  NJ  NM  NY  NC  ND  OH  OK  OR  PA  RI  SC  SD  TN  TX  UT  VT  VA  WA  WV  WI  WY  


Professional Licensure: Please note that while the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) enables MCLA to offer courses and programs in member states and territories outside Massachusetts, local state laws and regulations that govern professional licensure in students' home states still apply to any professional licensure course or program offered by MCLA. MCLA confirms that the programs listed above lead to licensure in Massachusetts but cannot confirm whether any of these programs meet the requirements for professional licensure and certification outside of Massachusetts. MCLA recommends that you contact your home state's licensing agency to identify and determine licensing and certification requirements. *Click here for your state’s professional licensure agency contact information to determine whether MCLA’s program meets your state’s requirements for licensure.

Massachusetts participates with every state and the District of Columbia through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement to accept candidates' state approved educator preparation program or possession of the equivalent of at least an Initial license/certificate. Please note that the interstate agreement does not exempt candidates from degree, testing and/or prerequisite requirements applicable to the license sought.

Candidates from outside of Massachusetts may meet requirements for an Initial license if they have met one of the following:

  • Completed a "traditional" state/jurisdiction approved educator preparation program outside of Massachusetts. A traditional program is completed via a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • Hold a valid license from that state/jurisdiction.
  • Completed a state/jurisdiction approved "alternative/non-traditional" educator preparation program and possess the equivalent of an Initial license from that state/jurisdiction.
  • Completed an educator preparation program sponsored by a college or university outside of Massachusetts that has been accredited by; the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

MCLA's teacher licensure programs are as effective as they are practical; students who complete our teacher licensure courses have a 98% pass rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure.

All licensure candidates will complete a minimum of 96 hours of work in a classroom appropriate to the license prior to student teaching.  


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Education Department Office

Maggie Clark, Education Department Chair

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education