Professional Licensure and Certification Requirements

UMass Lowell confirms that the programs listed below lead to licensure in Massachusetts but cannot confirm whether any of these programs meet the requirements for professional licensure and certification outside of Massachusetts.

  • Master's Degree in Education Administration: Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Master's Degree in Reading and Language: Reading Specialist
  • Ed.S. in Administration, Planning and Policy with Principal Licensure
  • Ed.S. in Reading and Language with Teacher of Reading Licensure

We recommend you contact your home state's licensing agency to identify and determine licensing and certification requirements. Below is a list of agencies by state and/or territory to contact for further information.

Alabama
Alabama State Department of Education
50 North Ripley Street PO Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 694-4900
Web: https://www.alsde.edu/
Email: vm@alsde.edu

Alaska
Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development
Teacher Certification
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 465-2831
Fax: (907) 465-2441
Web: https://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification
Email: tcwebmail@alaska.gov

Arizona
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 W. Adams, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5709
Fax: (602) 542-1253
Web: https://ppse.az.gov/
Email: kevin.lamountain@azppse.gov

Arkansas
Arkansas Department of Education
4 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4475
Web: https://www.dese.ade.arkansas.gov
Email: Johnny.Key@arkansas.gov

California
California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CO 95814-5901
Phone: (916)-319-0800
Web: https://www.cde.ca.gov/

Colorado
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-6600
Fax: (303) 830-0793
Web: https://www.cde.state.co.us/
Email: anthes_k@cde.state.co.us

Connecticut
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 503
PO Box 150471
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 713-6969
Fax: (860) 713-7017
Web: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Certification/Bureau-of-Certification
Email: teacher.cert@ct.gov

Delaware
Delaware Department of Education
The Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4000
Web: https://www.doe.k12.de.us
Email: DDOE@doe.k12.de.us

District of Columbia
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-5885
Fax: (202) 442-5026
Web: https://dcps.dc.gov
Email: lewis.ferebee@dc.gov

Florida
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (800) 445-6739
Web: https://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification
Email: commissioner@fldoe.org

Georgia
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Ave, Suite 1702, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 232-2500
Web: https://www.gapsc.com/
Email: askdoe@gadoe.org

Hawaii
Hawaii Teacher Standards Board
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 268
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 586-2600
Web: https://hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/content/contact-us-2/
Email: htsb@hawaii.gov

Idaho
Idaho State Department of Education
650 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 332-6800
Fax: (208) 334-2228
Web: https://www.sde.idaho.gov/
Email: info@sde.idaho.gov

Illinois
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
100 W. Randolph, Suite 14-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2220
Web: https://www.isbe.net/
Email: https://apps.isbe.net/ContactIsbe/

Indiana
Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Licensing
South Tower, Suite 600
115 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-9010
Web: https://www.doe.in.gov/licensing
Email: licensinghelp@doe.in.gov

Iowa
Iowa Department of Education
400 E 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-0101
Web: https://educateiowa.gov/
Email: larry.bice@iowa.gov

Kansas
Kansas State Department of Education
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-2288
Web: https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation
Email: mmiller@ksde.org

Kentucky
Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 564-5789
Fax: (502) 564-9484
Web: https://www.epsb.ky.gov/course/view.php?id=2
Email: KDElicensure@education.ky.gov

Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Education
Division of Educator Licensure
PO Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70904
Phone: (877) 453-2721
Web: https://www.teachlouisiana.net

Maine
Certification Office
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 624-6603
Fax: (207) 624-6700
Web: https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert
Email: cert.doe@maine.gov

Maryland
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-0100
Web: https://www.marylandpublicschools.org

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (781) 338-3102
Fax: (781) 338-3770
Web: https://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/
Email: boe@doe.mass.edu

Michigan
Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street PO Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (833) 633-5788
Fax: (517) 355-4565
Web: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-83834---,00.html
Email: schneiderm@michigan.gov

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: (651) 582-8200
Web: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/lic/
Email: mde.commissioner@state.mn.us

Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: (601) 359-3513
Web: https://www.mdek12.org
Email: teachersupport@mdek12.org

Missouri
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson Street
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-4212
Web: https://dese.mo.gov/educators
Email: certification@dese.mo.gov

Montana
Montana Office of Public Instruction
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
Phone: (406) 444-2580
Web: https://opi.mt.gov/
Email: cert@mt.gov

Nebraska
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2295
Fax: (402) 471-0117
Web: https://www.education.ne.gov/
Email: matt.blomstedt@nebraska.gov.

Nevada
State of Nevada Board of Education
Office of Educator Licensure (Two Locations)
Carson City
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Las Vegas
2080 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste 210
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Las Vegas Office Phone: (702) 486-6458
Carson City Office Phone: (775) 687-9115
Fax: (702) 486-6450
Web: https://www.doe.nv.gov/Educator_Licensure/
Email: license@doe.nv.gov

New Hampshire
Division of Educator Support and Higher Education
Bureau of Credentialing
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2409
Web: https://www.education.nh.gov/
Email: info@doe.nh.gov

New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Higher Education
1 John Fitch Way 10th Floor
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 376-3500
Fax: (609) 633-0160
Web: https://www.nj.gov/education/
Email: Lamont.Repollet@doe.nj.gov

New Mexico
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar, Room 101
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 827-5821
Fax: (505) 827-1449
Web: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/licensure/
Email: licensureunit@state.nm.us

New York
Office of Teaching Initiatives
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, 5N EB
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3901
Fax: (401) 222-1272
Web: https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
Contact Form: https://secureforms.nysed.gov/ohe/tcert/ContactOTI.cfm

North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (984) 236-2100
Web: https://www.dpi.state.nc.us
Email: asklicensure@dpi.nc.gov

North Dakota
North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 204
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: (701 )328-9641
Fax: (701) 328-9647
Web: https://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure
Email: espbinfo@nd.gov

Ohio
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (877) 644-6338
Web: https://education.ohio.gov/
Email: contact.center@education.ohio.gov

Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Blvd
OKC, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-3301
Fax: (405) 521-6205
Web: https://sde.ok.gov
Email: SDEservicedesk@sde.ok.gov

Oregon
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 378-3586
Fax: (503) 378-4448
Web: https://www.oregon.gov/tspc/pages/index.aspx
Email: contact.tspc@oregon.gov

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Phone: (717) 783-6788
Web: https://www.education.pa.gov

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico State Department of Education
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 919
Phone: (787) 759-2000
Fax: (787) 282-6017
Web: https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/pr.html

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 122-8893
Fax: (802) 828-2465
Web: https://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx
Email: EQAC@ride.ri.gov

South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8500
Web: https://ed.sc.gov/
Email: info@ed.sc.gov

South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3134
Web: https://doe.sd.gov/
Email: doe@state.sd.us

Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Education
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 532-4885
Fax: (615) 532-1448
Web: https://www.tn.gov/education
Email: Educator.Licensure@tn.gov

Tennessee
Tennessee State Board of Education
500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2966
Web: https://www.tn.gov/sbe/
Contact Form: https://www.tn.gov/sbe/licensure.html

Texas
Texas State Board of Education
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9734
Fax: (512) 463-9007
Web: https://tea.texas.gov
Email: sboesupport@tea.texas.gov

Utah
Utah State Board of Education
250 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-7740
Fax: (801) 538-7973
Web: https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing
Email: licensing@schools.utah.gov

Vermont
Vermont Agency of Education-Licensing Office
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620
Phone: (802) 828-1130
Fax: (802) 828-6430
Web: https://education.vermont.gov/educator-licensure
Email: aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov

Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands Department of Education
1834 Kongens Gade 00850
St. Thomas, VI 802
Phone: (340) 774-0100
Fax: (340) 773-1095
Web: https://www.vide.vi/

Virginia
Virginia Department of Education
James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (800) 292-3820
Web: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/index.shtml
Email: Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov

Washington
Professional Educator Standards Board
Old Capitol Building
600 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 725-6275
Web: https://www.pesb.wa.gov/
Email: PESB@k12.wa.us

West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Blvd, Suite 700
East Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-7010
Fax: (304) 558-7843
Web: https://wvde.us/certification-and-professional-preparation/certIfication/
Email: rhagerma@k12.wv.us

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-3390
Web: https://dpi.wi.gov/licensing
Email: dpistatesuperintendent@dpi.wi.gov

Wyoming
Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board
1920 Thomes Ave. Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7291
Fax: (307) 777-8718
Web: https://wyomingptsb.com/home/contact/
Email: wyoptsb@wyo.gov

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