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Educator Preparation

Educator Preparation Review & Approval

The Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education has the statutory authority to approve programs that prepare candidates for educator licensure in Massachusetts. Program approval is the process through which a program or Sponsoring Organization may receive state approval. Such programs may be offered by public and private higher education institutions, districts, collaboratives and non-profit organizations. Regardless of the type of organization, all Massachusetts providers are required to meet the same rigorous expectations for approval and undergo the same processes associated with reviews.

The fundamental purpose of state approval of educator preparation programs is to assure the public that educators who complete preparation programs in Massachusetts are prepared to be effective educators ready to support the success of all students in the Commonwealth. . To accomplish this, programs must prepare their candidates in accordance with the standards for licensure and Program Approval that are specified in the Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval (603 CMR 7.00).

The resources and guidance below actualize the policies outlined by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Resources are updated periodically. Interested stakeholders should communicate directly with ESE if interested in becoming a Sponsoring Organization in Massachusetts.

Please contact edprep@doe.mass.edu with inquiries.

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Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval (603 CMR 7.00)
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Memo - 2015 Guidelines for Program Approval
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Guidelines for Program Approval (Updated November 2015)
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Program Review Criteria (Updated November 2015)
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Educator Preparation Review Toolkit
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Educator Preparation Reviewers


Last Updated: November 16, 2015
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