The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education offers two levels of administrative licenses: School Principal/Assistant School Principal and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent. These are issued at the Preliminary, Initial, and Professional levels.
Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Massachusetts.
Once you have satisfied all of Massachusetts’ requirements for administrator licensure at the level for which you are applying, you may apply for administrator licensure either online through the ESE Security Portal or by downloading and mailing a hard copy application. You must submit official transcripts, verification letters of your experience, and copies of previous licenses held, along with the application fee payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Be sure to print your social security number, MEPID, or educator license number on the face of every document you submit. Send it all to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Licensure, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148.
If you answer yes to any question regarding criminal history background on your application for administrator licensure, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education is authorized by the Criminal History Systems Board to investigate. You must undergo a criminal history background check before any Massachusetts school will hire you. You will be provided with Information on this process when you apply for an administrative position within a school district.
For more information on administrator preparation programs in Massachusetts, contact the institutions offering them.
For information on the administrative licensure process, contact the Office of Educator Licensure at 781-338-6600.
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