About the Office of Licensure and Certification

The Educator Licensure Program prepares Salem State's education majors for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) license requirements. Admission into licensure programs is a multi-step process through which students must meet several requirements before beginning their student teaching (practica). Students should become familiar with their respective licensure program's requirements and Massachusetts DESE regulations, which are subject to change, immediately following acceptance into the major.

Students interested in obtaining an educator license outside of Massachusetts, as well as those who are new to the area, should consult with that state's education agency or the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education directly.  Massachusetts makes numerous different types of educator licenses available; Salem State offers programs for over 50 of these initial educator licenses. Check us out!

The majority of our programs lead to initial licensure. We do not offer preliminary licensure. If you are interested in preliminary licensure, we suggest you contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  directly about a preliminary license.

Salem State Educator Licensure Programs: 

If you wish to be endorsed for licensure at the end of your practicum or graduate action research project and the program you have completed is an approved educator program with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education leading to initial or professional licensure, you will need to complete and return the following licensure forms to the Office of Licensure and Certification:

If you are unsure if your program leads to licensure, please consult with your program coordinator or faculty advisor. Please go to licensure programs for information on the programs offered at Salem State.  

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement

Please note that only candidates who are enrolled and are pursuing an initial license as part of a Salem State University approved educator licensure program are eligible to earn the SEI teacher endorsement by completing ENG 860 and EDS 860 Sheltering Content for ELLS or ENL 307 and EDU 307E Foundations of Teaching ESL. This course has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to meet the subject matter knowledge standards of the Sheltered English immersion (SEI) teacher endorsement for Initial Licensure Approved Program candidates only. The SEI endorsement will be granted upon completion of all Initial Program Requirements and at the time of endorsement of the Initial License. At present, individuals who are NOT enrolled in an Initial licensure program at Salem State University are ineligible to  earn the SEI teacher endorsement  by completing the course. To register for the course you must have department consent. Please complete the SEI registration form and forward it to to obtain permission to register. If you have additional questions about the SEI teacher endorsement, please contact the instructor or Theresa Smith (, director of the licensure and field placement office.

Request Permission to Register

**Permission to Register for 2016 Summer Sessions are now filled. We are currently accepting fall 2016 requests for EDS860 Sheltering Content for ELLS.

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