Information for Wheelock College Students Applying for Licensure

A number of Wheelock's undergraduate and graduate programs can prepare you for professional licensure. Licensure is NOT automatically awarded upon completion of a preparation program, but Wheelock does offer a variety of resources to help students prepare for the licensure process in their chosen field.

Teacher Licensure

Educator licensure is essential for employment in all PreK-12 public schools and requested by most private schools. Teacher candidates seeking licenses for grades PreK-12  must apply for licensure that is issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Candidates seeking employment for infant/toddler, preschool lead teacher and director credentials apply on their own for a certificate from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

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Learn more about MTELs (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure)

Social Work Licensure

If practicing social work in the state of Massachusetts, licensure is required. A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree earned from a CSWE-accredited school is required for LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) and LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker).

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Child Life Specialist Licensure

Certification as a Child Life Specialist is available through the Child Life Council (CLC). To become a Certified Child Life Specialist, a student must pass an examination that is administered by the CLC.

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