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English Language Learners

English Language Learner (ELL) License

On September 10, 2004, the new English Language Learner (ELL) license became effective. An ELL licensure test is available, and will be offered five times during the 2004-2005 school year.

The purpose of this memorandum is to describe the types of classrooms in which an educator holding the ELL license is permitted to teach.

At Grades PreK-6:

An educator who holds the PreK-6 ELL license as the educator's only license may:

  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in a self-contained classroom in which only Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are enrolled, and which focuses on English language acquisition; or
  • Teach English language skills (ESL) to small groups of LEP students in "pull-out" settings or in self-contained ESL classrooms. During the remainder of the day, these LEP students would be enrolled, with English proficient students, in a general education classroom in which they would receive sheltered content instruction; or
  • Co-teach with the licensed teacher of a general classroom in which both LEP and English proficient students are enrolled.

Note: Educators holding the PreK-6 ESL license as their only license may also teach in the classrooms described above.

An educator who holds the PreK-6 ELL license as the educator's only license may not:

  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in general PreK-6 classrooms. Only a teacher with an early childhood (Prek-3 or PreK-2) or elementary license (K-8, K-6, or 1-6) may be a teacher-of-record in a non-special education PreK-6 classroom.

An educator who holds the PreK-6 ELL license in addition to an early childhood or elementary license may:

  • Teach in the three types of classrooms in which those with only a PreK-6 ELL license may teach; or
  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in general PreK-6 classrooms in which both LEP and English proficient students are enrolled.

At Grades 5-12:

An educator who holds the 5-12 ELL license as the educator's only license may:

  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in a self-contained classroom in which only LEP students are enrolled and which focuses on English language acquisition; or
  • Teach English language skills (ESL) to groups of LEP students in "pull-out" settings or in self-contained ESL classes. These students would be enrolled in sheltered content classes for the rest of the day; or
  • Co-teach in a general classroom with a licensed teacher of subject-matter content.
Note: Educators holding a Grade 5-12 ESL license as an only license may also teach in the three types of classrooms described above.

An educator who holds the 5-12 ELL license as the educator's only license may not:

  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in a subject-matter content classroom.

An educator who holds the 5-12 ELL license in addition to a subject-matter license may:

  • Teach in the three types of classrooms in which those with only a 5-12 ELL license may teach; or
  • Teach as the teacher-of-record in a subject-matter class in which both LEP and English proficient students are enrolled.

Superintendents with questions regarding the application of the licensure requirements outlined in this memorandum should call Alan Cassidy at 781-338-6689. Superintendents with questions about ELL policy and support related to implementing the new state law should contact Kathryn Riley at 781-338-3522.



Last Updated: October 6, 2004
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