Advancing to Professsional License Checklist

Follow the steps below to apply for your Professional license to ensure timely processing of your licensure application.

The following M.Ed. programs are approved, by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to advance the academic teacher associated license from Initial to Professional.

  • M.Ed. Art
  • M.Ed. Early Childhood
  • M.Ed. Elementary
  • M.Ed. English 
  • M.Ed. History
  • M.Ed. Mathematics
  • M.Ed. Spanish

The M.Ed. in Literacy and Language is approved to advance the following licenses from Initial to Professional:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Moderate Disabilities PreK-8
  • Moderate Disabilities 5-12

NOTE: If you are using one of the degree programs listed above to advance a license other than one associated with the degree, from Initial to Professional, email the Licensure Officer for guidance. You will follow a different process for applying for your Professional license.

Applying for Your License

  • Complete the Endorsement Request Form and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies in Dwight Hall 204.  Please make sure you include a copy of your Initial license with your Endorsement Request form.
  • Order an official copy of your transcript from Framingham State University. On the request form, indicate that you want the transcript sent, to the address below, after you've completed your degree.  We will submit your transcript to the state on your behalf during the endorsement process.

    Education Placement and Licensure Office
    Dwight Hall 302

    Framingham State University
    100 State St.
    Framingham, MA 01701
  • Go to the Licensure area at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)'s web site. If you don't already have an ELAR Profile, click on the ELAR icon and establish an ELAR Profile for yourself. Select the Create ELAR Profile link at the bottom left hand corner of the login box to get started.
  • Once your ELAR account is established, log on to your profile area and select the option to Advance to the next level license. Follow the prompts to update your education information. Then, use the following to apply for your Professional license:

    Field: Academic Teacher
    Select Field: <see table below>
    Level: <see table below>
    Type: Professional
    License Select Field Level Appropriate M.Ed. Programs 
    Early Childhood PreK-2 Early Childhood PreK-2 M.Ed. Early Childhood
    M.Ed. Literacy and Language
    Elementary 1-6 Elementary 1-6 M.Ed. Elementary
    M.Ed. Literacy and Language
    English 5-8 English 5-8 M.Ed. English
    English 8-12 English 8-12 M.Ed. English
    History 5-8 History 5-8 M.Ed. History
    History 8-12 History 8-12 M.Ed. History
    Mathematics 5-8 Mathematics 5-8 M.Ed. Mathematics
    Mathematics 8-12 Mathematics 8-12 M.Ed. Mathematics
    Spanish 5-12 Spanish 5-12 M.Ed. Spanish
    Visual Art PreK-8 Visual Art PreK-8 M.Ed. Visual Arts
    Visual Art 5-12 Visual Art 5-12 M.Ed. Visual Arts
    Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 M.Ed. Literacy and Language
    Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Moderate Disabilities 5-12 M.Ed. Literacy and Language


When asked which route you are following, select the option that indicates you have completed an approved master's degree program. Complete the remaining screens to apply for your license.

  • In addition to your master's degree, you must also provide verification of three years of employment under the Initial license you are advancing to Professional and completion of the required induction and mentoring activities. Please send your completed verification form to:

    Education Placement and Licensure Office
    Dwight Hall 302

    Framingham State University
    100 State St.
    Framingham, MA 01701

    The licensure officer will submit this form and your transcript to the Licensure Office at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
  • If you've had a name change (e.g. marriage, divorce, other legal proceeding) while in (or after) your licensure program, you must submit a name change form with appropriate documentation of the name change to the DESE.
The licensure officer endorses the applications of candidates who have completed all program requirements. The electronic endorsements are completed approximately four to five weeks after the graduation dates in May, August, December and January. To expedite your endorsement (and the licensing process at the DESE), please make sure you have
  1. set up your ELAR profile,
  2. applied for the license, and
  3. paid for the license

by your graduation date. Once you have been endorsed, the licensure officer  will send you a confirmation letter via U.S. Mail.

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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