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Title II-A: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

HQT and Licensure

  1. For purposes of school/district report cards, who should be counted in the licensed teacher category?

    Any teacher who is providing instruction to students, both in and out of the core academic subjects, should be included in the licensed teacher category for purposes of the school and district report cards. Refer also to question #24.

  2. Effective July 1, 2007, what are the licensure requirements in relation to HQ? (added on 2/05/07)

    Currently, for HQT, the ESE asks that teachers of the core academic subjects possess either a Preliminary, Initial, Temporary* or Professional license, but does not specify that the license needs to be in the area(s) that the teacher is teaching. In order to align the HQT and state licensure policies, effective July 1, 2007, teachers teaching the core subject areas for more than 20% of their schedule must hold the appropriate valid MA teaching license for the subject area(s) in which they are teaching, in order to satisfy the HQT licensure requirement. Individuals who have received the HQT designation prior to this change will retain their HQT status, consistent with that stated in Question #13.

    In order to assist districts in determining which PreK-12 license may be the most appropriate for roles assigned to their personnel, the Department has developed a guidance document called "Matching Licenses" Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

    *Note: a Temporary license is available only to experienced teachers from out-of-state, and is valid for one calendar year.

  3. Do out-of-state teachers, who meet licensure requirements from out of state, meet the licensure component of the Highly Qualified definition in the new state?

    Teachers teaching the core academic subject areas must meet the Highly Qualified teacher requirements in MA by; (1) possessing a Bachelor's degree; (2) possessing a valid and active Massachusetts teaching license; and (3) demonstrating subject matter competency in each of the core subject areas they are teaching.

  4. Can a teacher satisfy the licensure component of the Highly Qualified definition with a non-teacher license, such as an administrator license or a guidance counselor license?

    No. In order to satisfy the licensure component of the Highly Qualified requirements, a teacher must possess a valid Massachusetts teaching license. Please also refer to Question #24.

  5. Are teachers who possess inactive or invalid certificates considered to be licensed in Massachusetts?

    No. In general, teachers who are employed with inactive or invalid certificates are not licensed (unless specifically exempted in 603 CMR 44.08 (2) or (3)) and therefore, cannot be reported as "Highly Qualified." They may only be considered licensed if they also possess another active license, or renew their inactive license. Please also refer to Question #24.

  6. What happens if teachers are waiting to receive confirmation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that they are licensed - can districts count them as having met the licensure component of the Highly Qualified definition?

    Districts cannot count individuals as having met the licensure component of the Highly Qualified definition if they have not yet been awarded their license by the Department.

    The Department provides a Superintendents' hotline for superintendents to resolve Massachusetts licensure issues. Upon a superintendent's request, specific licensure issues will be assigned to an individual in the licensure office for expedited resolution. This will reduce the impact of licensure issues on meeting HQT goals. This line is solely for Superintendents who have questions related to the licensing of their staff.



  7. What level of Massachusetts' licensure does a teacher need to possess in order to satisfy the licensure component of the Highly Qualified teacher definition? (revised on 2/05/07)

    Teachers of the core academic subjects must possess either a Preliminary, Initial, Professional or Temporary* license.

    *Note: a Temporary license is available only to experienced teachers from out-of-state, and is valid for one calendar year.



  8. What are the implications for districts with teachers on waivers with regard to HQ reporting? (revised on 2/05/07)

    Teachers on waivers cannot be considered HQ.


Last Updated: February 23, 2011
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