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Proposed Amendments to 603 CMR 7.00 - Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval (Transition Specialist Endorsement)

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
Date:
September 14, 2012

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I am presenting to the Board this month, for a vote to send out for review and public comment, proposed amendments to 603 CMR 7.00, the Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations, to create a transition specialist endorsement. With the Board's approval, we will solicit public comment on the proposed regulations and bring them back to you for a final vote in November 2012.

In March 2012 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Chapter 51 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Relative to Student with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education, Employment, and Independent Living. The new law directs the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a specialist teacher endorsement in transition services for special education teachers and rehabilitation counselors. A copy of the law is attached for your information.

A Transition Specialist provides transition services to students with disabilities with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The endorsement provides recognition of a particular set of skills and knowledge in relation to transitioning to adult life for students with IEPs. An endorsement, in this case, is an optional form of recognition and does not result in a requirement that all individuals employed to provide transition services must seek and obtain such an endorsement. However, school districts have authority to establish additional requirements (beyond the licensure requirements) for their employees and they may choose to require candidates to hold or be eligible for such an endorsement.

This is a new endorsement, the requirements for which the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing in collaboration with Massachusetts Advocates for Children and other stakeholders. The requirements align with the new law. The proposed regulation defines the following:

  • Prerequisite license and experience;
  • Subject matter knowledge (ESE will issue guidelines to further define other key knowledge for this endorsement);
  • Field-based experience;
  • Allowable exemptions for a defined period of time; and
  • Renewal requirements

Proposed amendments are indicated by underline (new language) or strikethrough (deleted language). Unchanged sections of the regulations are omitted. For the complete text of the current Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval, 603 CMR 7.00.

Claudia Bach, Director of the Department's Office of Educator Preparation, Policy and Leadership (EPPL); Brian Devine, Director of the Licensure Office; Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education; Liz Losee, Assistant Director of the Office of EPPL; and Debra Comfort, Associate General Counsel, will be present at the Board meeting to answer your questions.

Enclosures:

View External Link
Chapter 51 of the Acts of 2012
 
Draft Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval, 603 CMR 7.00 (Transition Specialist Endorsement) - clean version Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document and strikethrough version Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
 
Motion to solicit public comment


Last Updated: September 21, 2012
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