Massachusetts Licensure Academy

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Massachusetts Licensure Academy

  • Are you working under a waiver as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities and need to demonstrate progress toward your Initial license?
  • Are you working under a Provisional license for Moderate Disabilities and need to earn your Initial license?
  • Are you a licensed teacher who is considering a Moderate Disabilities Additional license to better support special education students in your classroom?

You may be eligible to enroll in two courses, free of charge, toward completing requirements for your Initial or Additional license! 

Thanks to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) support, eligible applicants can reduce the cost of making progress toward a Moderate Disabilities license. 

Click on the course titles below to learn more about the courses and to register:

The Massachusetts Licensure Academy (MLA) is a program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and offered through the Collaborative for Educational Services, offering two semester-long, blended learning courses to help you make continuous progress towards your goal. Most of your work will be done online, with four face-to-face meetings in either Northampton or Marlborough. Courses will be offered for 67.5 PDPs at no cost for eligible participants. Three graduate credits are available at the participant's expense. Course participants are expected to commit an average of 8 hours per week to the course, representing between 110 and 120 hours of work across the semester (including time spent in class). Participants may take up to two courses.

Priority for enrollment will be given to Massachusetts educators currently working on a waiver as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (preK-8 or 5-12) up to the early registration deadline. After that date, course applications from people who are seeking an Additional license or have a Preliminary License will be reviewed, and accepted in the order they were received until the course is full. Registrants working on a waiver are required to submit proof of eligibility before their registration is confirmed.

Eligibility Form 

If you are teaching on a waiver or with a preliminary license, please download the eligibility verification form below before registering for courses. Copy the form onto your school’s letterhead and have the school’s principal sign to verify that you are working with a waiver or preliminary license as a Teacher of Moderate Disabilities. Fax the completed form to (413) 586-2878 or scan and send by email to

Mass Licensure Academy Eligibility Form

Early registration is recommended.  

For more information, contact: 
Director of Licensure and Credentialing
413.586.4900 x5942