The alternative way to advance to your initial license

PRPIL (Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure) is the alternative licensure program for Massachusetts teachers who wish to advance from a Provisional license to an Initial license. Earn your initial license in less than 6 months, while you teach, at a lower cost than other routes.


The program is Route 2 in the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval. Class Measures administers this program on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Covid-19 statement: The PRPIL team is committed to ensuring that all schools' and districts' safety and health guidelines are followed for teachers enrolled in the program. PRPIL program requirements will support maintaining the health and safety of the PRPIL staff, program participants and their school communities. These requirements include virtual observations (where in person classes are not available), virtual meetings with mentors and teachers and electronic submission of final portfolio.

Information for teachers wanting to advance to their Initial license

What is PRPIL, why do so many MA teachers choose this route, and is it right for you?


Information for teachers already enrolled in the PRPIL program

All your PRPIL assessment forms, evidence list and portfolio guidelines..


Essential information

  • Eligibility checklist
  • Program Overview
  • Support
  • Classroom Observations
  • Portfolio Guidelines
  • Sample Timeline
  • How to apply and FAQs.


Information for mentors

Reasons to become a PRPIL mentor, eligibility requirements and your responsibilities.




Information for Schools

If you are responsible for ensuring your teachers are operating under the correct Massachusetts teaching license and want to share the latest information with your staff, download our Schools Guide to Alternative licensure.

Or arrange an alternative licensure visit for your staff

We can arrange for a member of the PRPIL team to visit your school to bring your staff up to speed with the alternative licensure route and inform their next steps to continuing their teaching practice. Email us today