Massachusetts State Requirements

Massachusetts Teacher Recertification


Below is a summary of how Learners Edge may help with your Massachusetts Teacher Recertification. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course they take meets their professional needs. We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the teacher recertification / license renewal process.

Renewing a Standard Certificate

(Information obtained from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website as of 02/10/2015)

Massachusetts Educator Professional level licenses have a valid life of 5-calendar years and must be renewed every five years to remain active. Professional licenses that are 1-year away from expiring, or that are currently inactive, can be renewed if the required number of Professional Development Points have been earned

If you are renewing a Professional level license, the following requirements* apply to your renewal of a Primary Area:

  • Professional development activities shall be identified by the educator and supervisor during the development of, and review of, the Individual Professional Development Plan in order to better support student achievement. Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 PDPs including:
  • At least 15 PDPs related to SEI or English as a Second Language.

A Learners Edge Course that may assist in meeting this requirement:

842: Achieving Success with English Language Learners 


  • At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.

Learners Edge Courses that may assist in meeting this requirement:
717: Differentiated Learning: How to Teach to Varying Ability Levels
776: Across The Spectrum: Teaching Students with Autism
5027: ADHD: Focusing, Learning, Teaching


  • At least 90 PDPs in the content area of the license or in pedagogy, with no less than 60 PDPs in or related to the content area of the educator's primary license.

*Regardless of when an educator is expected to renew their professional license, if employed the educator must obtain final approval of their individual professional development plan by their supervisor; the educator must have a minimum of 10 PDPs in a topic area in order to use the PDPs towards license renewal. Each additional license that an educator renews requires 30 PDPs in the content area of each license to be renewed.

For additional specific licensure information see the Massachusetts Department Education educator licensure website.

To meet your professional development needs, choose from over 90 self-paced courses, offering semester graduate credit from our regionally accredited institutions—including Augustana College, Colorado State University - Pueblo, Pacific Lutheran University, and Lourdes University. One graduate semester credit = 22.5 PDP’s.

Please note, Learners Edge continuing education courses are approved and offered for graduate credit by our regionally accredited and state approved college/university partners. Continuing education graduate credit is intended to fulfill requirements for license renewal/lane change when the student has obtained proper prior approval.