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603 CMR 47.00
Licensure of Adult Basic Education Teachers and Preparation Program Approval

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47.04: Adult Basic Education Panel Review for Licensure

(1) Eligibility for Panel Review
Candidates may be eligible for review if they have met the following requirements:

(a) Filed completed application for the ABE Teacher's License and paid the requisite fee;

(b) Achieved a passing score on the requisite MTEL test(s), as set forth within the routes to licensure in 603 CMR 47.06;

(c) Acquired evidence of meeting the subject matter knowledge requirements, as set forth in 603 CMR 47.07;

(d) Acquired evidence of meeting the Professional Standards for the license, as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08; and

(e) Submitted proof of a bachelor's degree or a master's degree, or that such educational requirement has been waived by the Commissioner, pursuant to 603 CMR 47.11(4).

(2) Composition and Training of the Review Panel
The Review Panel shall meet the following standards:

(a) Panelists must meet the eligibility requirements as set forth in guidelines established by the Department.

(b) Panelists who personally know a candidate shall excuse themselves from that review. In instances where there may be a conflict of interest in reviewing a candidate, for whatever reason, panelists shall excuse themselves.

(c) Panelists will receive orientation and training as approved and provided by the Department, including "norming" session(s) for review of proficiency of standards.

(3) Components of the Review
The candidates must complete the following as part of the Review:

(a) Documentation of having met the subject matter requirements set forth in 603 CMR 47.07, if required by the route to licensure as set forth in 603 CMR 47.06;

(b) Documentation of having met the Professional Standards as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08;

(c) Submission of letter(s) of reference from employer(s)/supervisor(s) attesting to the applicant's relevant professional experience; and

(d) Interview with the Panel following guidelines developed by the Department, if needed.

(4) Panel Recommendations
After completion of the review, the Panel will make one of the following recommendations:

(a) The candidate be licensed.

(b) The candidate be licensed only after meeting certain condition(s), in which case the Panel will make specific recommendations for meeting the final requirements.

(c) The candidate not be licensed at this time.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 47.00: M.G.L. c.69, § 1H.

Last Updated: November 24, 2004
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