Teacher Licensure

Teachers are now licensed in Massachusetts at four levels: Temporary (valid for one year), Provisional (five years), Initial (five years), and Professional (renewed every five years). There is no more permanent certification; teachers must be re-certified every five years, usually through a program arrived at through consultation with their school district’s administration.

The Music Program in the Department of Performing Arts offers a program leading toward the Initial License.  There currently is no degree program in music offered beyond the Bachelor of Arts although there are Master’s degree programs in Education offered through the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Requirements for receiving the Initial License in Music through the University of Massachusetts Boston include the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in music (Competency I)
  2. Completion of a prescribed pre-practicum educational component directly related to the other Competencies of the document.
  3. Successful completion of a practicum component meeting the guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Education.
  4. Passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educational Licensure (MTEL). These were added in 1998 and are offered every January, April, July, and October. There are two tests: Communication/Literacy (which includes writing) and Subject Matter (in this case, Music).  

At University of Massachusetts Boston Track I (Undergraduate) is for persons who have not yet completed a Bachelor of Music (or Bachelor of Arts in Music) degree. Track II (Post BA) is for those who already hold such a degree and who are seeking licensure without receiving an additional degree. Track III is for those seeking music licensure through a Master of Education degree program. The initial contact person for all three programs is:

Dr. Sommer Forrester, Coordinator of Music Education
Department of Performing Arts
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

University Hall, Room 225

phone: 617.287.6981


To view the Music Education Student Handbook, click HERE