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603 CMR 4.00:
Vocational Technical Education

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4.07: Types of Vocational Technical Teacher Licenses, Requirements for Licensure, and Licenses Issued

(1) Types
(a) Preliminary
(b) Professional

(2) Requirements for the Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License

(a) Evidence of sound moral character.

(b) Education:
  1. Candidates for the following licenses must document an associate's degree or higher degree related to the subject matter and skills they will teach:
    1. Dental Assisting
    2. Design & Visual Communications
    3. Drafting
    4. Electronics
    5. Hospitality Management
    6. Programming and Web Development
    7. Information Support Services & Networking
    8. Medical Assisting
    9. Medical Laboratory Technology
    10. Business Technology
    11. Radio and Television Broadcasting
    12. Telecommunications - Fiber Optics
    13. Criminal Justice
    14. Robotics & Automation Technology
  2. Candidates for the following licenses must document a bachelor's degree or higher degree related to the subject matter and skills they will teach:
    1. Animal Science
    2. Biotechnology
    3. Early Education and Care
    4. Engineering Technology
    5. Environmental Science &Technology
    6. Health Assisting
    7. Horticulture
    8. Marketing
    9. Operating Room Technology
    10. Practical Nursing (LPN)
  3. All other vocational technical teacher license candidates must document a high school diploma or the equivalent.

(c) Massachusetts and/or federal government or industry issued licenses or certifications required by industry or government to work in the technical area and by the Department to teach the vocational technical subject matter and skills as set forth in "Guidelines for Vocational Technical Education Programs and Educator Licensure."

(d) Passing scores on the written and performance tests in the vocational technical subject matter and skills the candidate will teach.

(e) Passing score on the Technical Communication and Literacy Skills Test.

(f) Employment Experience: All vocational technical teacher license candidates must document recent employment experience directly related to the subject matter and skills they will teach. Recent employment experience is defined as employment experience within seven years of the date of an application for a vocational technical teacher license.
  1. Candidates for a vocational technical teacher license for which a bachelor's degree is required must document a minimum of three years recent, full-time employment experience, provided however, that a master's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the three years of required employment experience.

  2. Candidates for a vocational technical teacher license for which an associate's degree is required must document a minimum of four years recent, full-time employment experience, provided however, that a bachelor's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the four years of required employment experience and a master's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the four years of required employment experience.

  3. Vocational technical teacher candidates who are required to possess a minimum of a high school diploma must document a minimum of five years of recent, full-time employment experience, provided however, that an associate's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the five years of employment experience and a bachelor's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for two of the five years of required employment experience.

  4. Actual time spent on cooperative education employment by a graduate of a vocational technical education program may be counted toward meeting a portion of the employment experience requirement.

(g) Candidates who have at least three full years of employment as a Department approved Criminal Justice vocational technical teacher will be exempt from the requirements set forth in 603 CMR 4.07(2) (d) and (f) if they apply and complete all the requirements for licensure no later than December 31, 2015.

(3) Requirements for the Professional Vocational Technical Teacher License

(a) Evidence of sound moral character.

(b) Possession of a Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License pursuant to 603 CMR 4.00.

(c) Massachusetts and/or federal government or industry issued licenses or certifications required by industry or government to work in the technical program area and by the Department to teach the vocational technical subject matter and skills as set forth in "Guidelines for Vocational Technical Education Programs and Educator Licensure."

(d) Completion of a one-year induction program with a trained mentor.

(e) The completion of at least three full years of employment in the role of licensed vocational technical teacher in the program area of the license or three years of experience as a Department approved Criminal Justice vocational technical teacher.

(f) The completion of 39 college degree credits or the equivalent as follows:
  1. Six college degree credits in English to include three college degree credits in English Composition 101 or a higher level and three additional college degree credits in higher level English.

  2. 12 college degree credits in mathematics and science to include a minimum of three college degree credits of college mathematics and a minimum of three college degree credits of college science. The remaining six college degree credits may be earned in college mathematics and/or science.

  3. 21 college degree credits in professional education courses approved by the Department including a three college degree credit seminar specifically designed for new teachers to be taken during their first year of teaching. These courses shall address the Professional Standards for Vocational Technical Teachers set forth in 603 CMR 4.10.

(4) Vocational Technical Teacher Licenses Issued. Licenses listed under the following occupational clusters will be issued.
(a) Agriculture and Natural Resources Cluster.
  1. Agricultural Mechanics
  2. Animal Science
  3. Environmental Science & Technology
  4. Horticulture
(b) Arts and Communication Services Cluster.
  1. Design & Visual Communications
  2. Graphic Communications
  3. Radio and Television Broadcasting
(c) Business and Consumer Services Cluster.
  1. Cosmetology
  2. Fashion Technology
  3. Marketing
  4. Business Technology
(d) Construction Cluster.
  1. Building and Property Maintenance
  2. Cabinetmaking
  3. Carpentry
  4. Electricity
  5. Heating - Air Conditioning - Ventilation - Refrigeration
  6. Mason and Tile Setting
  7. Painting and Design Technologies
  8. Plumbing
  9. Sheet Metalworking
  10. Construction Craft Laborer
(e) Manufacturing, Engineering & Technilogical Cluster
  1. Biotechnology
  2. Drafting
  3. Electronics
  4. Engineering Technology
  5. Machine Tool Technology
  6. Major Appliance Installation/Repairing
  7. Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies
  8. Stationary Engineering
  9. Telecommunications - Fiber Optics
  10. Welding
  11. Robotics & Automation Technology
(f) Health Services Cluster.
  1. Dental Assisting
  2. Health Assisting
  3. Medical Assisting
  4. Medical Laboratory Technology
  5. Operating Room Technology
  6. Practical Nursing (LPN)
(g) Hospitality and Tourism Cluster.
  1. Baking
  2. Culinary Arts
  3. Hospitality Management
(h) Education Cluster.
  1. Early Education and Care
(i) Information Technology Services Cluster.
  1. Programming & Web Development
  2. Information Support Services & Networking
(j) Transportation Cluster.
  1. Automotive Collision Repair and Refnishing
  2. Automotive Technology
  3. Diesel Technology
  4. Marine Service Technology
  5. Power Equipoment Technology
(k) Legal and Protective Services
Criminal Justice


Last Updated: March 11, 2015
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