Get LIcensed


Ready to make a career shaping the future of Boston’s students?

Kickstart your teaching career in a training program that best fits your needs. We offer teacher licensure programs for people of all backgrounds and levels of experience, especially those who reflect and celebrate the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of our students.

We know there is no one profile of a great teacher. Whether you’re a Boston community member with a dream of teaching, a recent college graduate ready to start a rewarding career, or a seasoned professional looking to bring your talents to a Boston Public Schools (BPS) classroom, find the program that’s right for you:


BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher Program

Local residents, Boston community members and BPS employees develop their teaching skills and earn their preliminary teaching license, learning from BPS National Board Certified teachers and other highly qualified teachers. 

Commitment: In this 11-month program, cohort members attend unpaid Saturday trainings (two to three Saturdays per month). After completing the program, cohort members must apply for and earn a position in BPS as a fully salaried teacher for the following year.

Licensure: Participants who successfully complete the program earn their preliminary teaching license and six graduate credits from UMASS Boston School of Education. These credits may be used towards satisfying the coursework requirements for an initial teaching license.

Local residents, BPS employees and other aspiring teachers with strong ties to the Boston community develop foundational teaching skills and become licensed teachers in this yearlong fellowship run by BPS.

Commitment: This full-time, yearlong program supports novice teachers who are working as a fully salaried teacher in a local BPS school.

Licensure: Participants who successfully complete the program earn their initial teaching license.

bps teaching fellowship

Through hands-on experience, local residents, Boston community members and BPS employees develop the skills to work with Boston students as paraprofessionals.

Commitment: This certificate program begins with nine months of unpaid, bi-monthly Saturday trainings. During the remaining six months, cohort members develop a professional resume and online portfolio, and receive continued professional and personal development from program staff and mentors.

Licensure: Cohort members earn a certificate, a Chromebook and undergraduate credits. A license is not required to become a BPS paraprofessional.

BPS Community to Paraprofessional Development Program

Students interested in becoming future BPS teachers who are enrolled in BPS high schools receive ongoing support and development, from high school through college.

Commitment: Students may enroll anytime between 10th and 12th grade, and are expected to participate through college. The program includes monthly meetings, conferences, college visits, dual-enrollment college courses and tutoring.

Licensure: Participants do not earn licensure through this program, but qualify to receive college credits through the HSTT Dual Enrollment program. 

BPS High School to Teacher Program

We also partner with several local and national organizations who prepare and license teachers for BPS classrooms:

Partner Pipelines