Requirements for Field-Based Experience for the Initial License
. Field-based experiences are an integral component of any program for the preparation of educators.
Pre-Practicum. They must begin early in the preparation program (pre-practicum) and be integrated into the courses or seminars that address Professional Standards for Teachers or Professional Standards for Administrators, in accordance with the Pre-Practicum Guidelines.
Practicum. A practicum or practicum equivalent must be supervised jointly by the supervisor from the preparation program in which the candidate is enrolled and the supervising practitioner. The supervising practitioner responsible for the larger portion of the practicum or practicum equivalent and the program supervisor will together evaluate the candidate on the basis of the appropriate standards. Disagreement between the supervising practitioner and the program supervisor will be resolved by the decision of a third person chosen jointly by them.
All individuals in educator preparation programs shall assume full responsibility of the classroom for a minimum of 100 hours.
All practicum/practicum equivalents shall be completed within a Massachusetts public school, approved private special education school, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care approved preschool, educational collaborative, or a school that requires Massachusetts educator licensure.
Practicum or Practicum Equivalent Requirements are as follows:
Early Childhood (100 hours in PreK-K, 200 hours in 1-2; at least one setting must include children with disabilities)
Teacher, Grades 1-6
Teacher, Grades 5-8
Teacher, Grades 8-12
Teacher, Grades PreK-6 or PreK-8
Teacher, Grades 5-12
(150 hours at each of any two of the following levels: PreK-6, 5-8, 8-12)
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (for PreK-8, 300 hours in an inclusive general education setting or 75 hours in an inclusive general education setting and 225 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities; for 5-12, 300 hours in an inclusive general education classroom or 150 hours in an inclusive general education classroom and 150 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities)
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (at least 75 hours in an inclusive general education classroom at any level, and at least 150 hours in a setting with students with severe disabilities; the remaining 75 hours may be in either setting)
Specialist (unless otherwise indicated)
Special Education Administrator
School Business Administrator
Professional Support Personnel
**(See individual license requirements)**