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Education Laws and Regulations

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

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47.06: Routes to Professional Licensure of Adult Basic Education Teachers

Based on the route to licensure, applicants will need to complete the following:
(1) Route One is for candidates who have less than five years, or the equivalent (2,400 instructional hours), of documented ABE teaching experience and who do not hold a teacher license issued under 603 CMR 7.04(3)(a) or (b). Candidates seeking licensure under Route One shall meet the following requirements:

(a) A bachelor's or a master's degree, in any major, from an accredited college or university.

(b) Successful completion of an approved ABE teacher preparation program, or successful completion of an ABE Panel Review for Licensure.

(c) Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test as set forth in 603 CMR 47.05.

(d) Passing score on the ABE subject matter test for candidates who submit an application on or after the date of the first scheduled ABE subject matter test, based on the ABE subject matter knowledge requirements set forth in 603 CMR 47.07.

(e) Supervised 75-hour pre-practicum, which includes a field survey, and 150-hour practicum, or their equivalent, by an approved ABE teacher preparation program provider, or an ABE field supervisor, as approved by the Department.

(f) Proficiency in the Professional Standards for ABE Teachers as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08 through a performance assessment that includes a demonstration of teaching.

(g) Evidence of sound moral character.

(2) Route Two is for prospective ABE teachers, or novice ABE teachers, who hold a teacher license (any field, at either the Initial or Professional levels) issued under 603 CMR 7.04(3)(a) or (b), but who have less than one year, or the equivalent, of documented ABE teaching experience. Candidates seeking licensure under Route Two shall meet the following requirements:

(a) A bachelor's or a master's degree, in any major, from an accredited college or university.

(b) Successful completion of an approved ABE teacher preparation program, or successful completion of an ABE Panel Review for Licensure.

(c) Passing score on the ABE subject matter test for candidates who submit an application on or after the date of the first scheduled ABE subject matter test, based on the ABE subject matter knowledge requirements set forth in 603 CMR 47.07.

(d) Supervised field survey portion of the pre-practicum, and 150-hour practicum, or their equivalent, by an approved ABE teacher preparation program provider, or an ABE field supervisor, as approved by the Department.

(e) Proficiency in the Professional Standards for ABE Teachers as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08 through a performance assessment that includes a demonstration of teaching.

(f) Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test for candidates who submit an application on or after October 1, 2006.

(g) Evidence of sound moral character.

(3) Route Three is for candidates with one year, or the equivalent (no fewer than 480 instructional hours), of documented ABE teaching experience and who hold a teacher license (any field, at either the Initial or Professional levels) issued under 603 CMR 7.04(3)(a) and (b). Candidates seeking licensure under Route Three shall meet the following requirements:

(a) A bachelor's or a master's degree, in any major, from an accredited college or university.

(b) Successful completion of an approved ABE teacher preparation program, or successful completion of an ABE Panel Review for Licensure.

(c) Supervised field survey portion of the pre-practicum by an approved ABE teacher preparation program provider, or an ABE field supervisor, as approved by the Department.

(d) Proficiency in the following Professional Standards for ABE Teachers as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08(2)(a)1 through 3; (c)1, 3 and 4 through 7; (d) 1 through 5; (e) 1 through 6; and (f)2; through a performance assessment that includes a demonstration of teaching. Candidates using this route to licensure are deemed to have met the remaining Professional Standards for ABE Teachers.

(e) On or after October 1, 2006, a passing score on the MTEL tests will be required for all candidates applying for licensure.

(f) Evidence of sound moral character.

(4) Route Four is for candidates with five or more years (no fewer than 2,400 instructional hours) of documented ABE teaching experience. Candidates seeking licensure under Route Four shall meet each of the following requirements:

(a) A bachelor's or a master's degree, in any major, from an accredited college or university.

(b) Successful completion of an approved ABE teacher preparation program, or successful completion of an ABE Panel Review for Licensure.

(c) Proficiency in the following Professional Standards for ABE Teachers as set forth in 603 CMR 47.08(2)(a)1 and 2; (c)5 through 7; and (d) 1, 2 and 4; through a performance assessment that includes a demonstration of teaching. Candidates using this route to licensure are deemed to have met the remaining Professional Standards for ABE Teachers.

(d) On or after October 1, 2006, a passing score on the MTEL tests will be required for all candidates applying for licensure.

(e) Evidence of sound moral character.

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



Last Updated: November 24, 2004
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