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603 CMR 7.00
Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval

Most Recently Amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: September 22, 2015

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7.04: Types of Educator Licenses, Requirements for Licensure, Licenses Issued, and Requirements for Field-Based Experience

(1) Types of Licenses.

(a) Preliminary
(b) Initial
(c) Professional
(d) Temporary

(2) Requirements for Teacher Licensure.

(a) Preliminary. This is available only for licenses under 603 CMR 7.04 (3) (a)

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree.
  2. Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
  3. Passing score on the subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the license sought, based on the subject matter knowledge requirements set forth in 603 CMR 7.06, where available.
  4. Competency Review for candidates seeking the following licenses:
    1. Teacher of students with moderate disabilities, teacher of students with severe disabilities, teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and teacher of the visually impaired.
    2. Fields for which there is no subject matter knowledge test available.
  5. Additional requirements for the early childhood, elementary, teacher of students with moderate disabilities, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (Oral/Aural) and teacher of the visually impaired licenses:
    1. Seminars or courses that address teaching these populations:
      1. Reading
      2. English language arts
      3. Mathematics
    2. Seminars or courses on ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities for general classrooms; for example, use of strategies for learning and of behavioral management principles.
    3. Passing score on the Foundations of Reading test.
  6. Additional requirements for the teacher of students with severe disabilities, and teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (American Sign Language/Total Communication) licenses:
    1. Seminars or courses that address teaching this population:
      1. Reading
      2. English language arts
      3. Mathematics
      Seminars or courses on ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities for general classrooms; for example, use of strategies for learning and of behavioral management principles.
  7. Evidence of sound moral character.

(b) Initial

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree.
  2. Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
  3. Passing score on the subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the license sought, based on the subject matter knowledge requirements set forth in 603 CMR 7.06 and 7.07. Where no test has been established, completion of an approved program will satisfy this requirement.
  4. Completion of an approved program for the Initial license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (a).
  5. For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.
  6. Evidence of sound moral character.

(c) Professional

  1. Possession of an Initial license in the same field as the Professional license sought.
  2. Completion of a one-year induction program with a mentor.
  3. At least three full years of employment under the Initial license.
  4. At least 50 hours of a mentored experience beyond the induction year, which may be fulfilled as part of a program option in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c) 5.
  5. Completion of one of the following:
    1. Approved district-based program for the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (b) 1. a.
    2. A master's or higher graduate level program in an accredited college or university that is or includes one of the following:
      1. Approved program for the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (b) 1. b.
      2. A master's degree program or other advanced graduate program in the academic discipline appropriate to the license sought in a graduate or professional school other than education.
    3. For those who have completed any master's or higher degree or other advanced graduate program not described in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c) 5. b., in an accredited college or university, one of the following:
      1. Approved, non-degree, 12-credit program of which no fewer than nine credits are in subject matter knowledge or pedagogy based on the subject matter knowledge of the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (4) (b) 1.
      2. 12 credits of graduate level courses in subject matter knowledge or pedagogy based on the subject matter knowledge of the Professional license sought; these may include credits earned prior to application for the license.
    4. Programs leading to eligibility for master teacher status, such as those sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and others accepted by the Commissioner.
    5. A Department-sponsored Performance Assessment Program, when available.
  6. Additional requirements for the teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing license (American Sign Language/Total Communication):
    1. Passing score on a test of sign language proficiency approved by the Department.

(d) Temporary

  1. Possession of a valid educator license or certificate from another state or jurisdiction of a type comparable to at least an Initial license in Massachusetts.
  2. At least three years of employment under such valid license or certificate.
  3. Has not failed any part of the applicable licensure tests required by 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (a) 2 and 3.
  4. Evidence of sound moral character.

(3) Licenses Issued. The following licenses will be issued and will be valid for employment at the grade levels indicated:

(a) Teacher Licenses and Levels

1. Biology 5-8; 8-12
2. Business5-12
3. Chemistry 5-8; 8-12
4. DanceAll
5. Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without DisabilitiesPreK-2
6. Earth Science 5-8; 8-12
7. Elementary 1-6
8. English 5-8; 8-12
9. English as a Second Language (ESL)PreK-6; 5-12
10. Foreign Language PreK-6; 5-12
11. General Science 1-6; 5-8
12. Health/Family and Consumer SciencesAll
13. History 1-6; 5-8; 8-12
14. Instructional TechnologyAll
15. Latin and Classical Humanities 5-12
16. LibraryAll
17. Mathematics 1-6; 5-8; 8-12
18. Middle School: Humanities5-8
19. Middle School: Mathematics/Science5-8
20. Music: Vocal/Instrumental/General All
21. Physical Education PreK-8; 5-12
22. Physics 5-8; 8-12
23. Political Science/Political Philosophy 5-8; 8-12
24. Speech All
25. Teacher of Students with Moderate DisabilitiesPreK-8; 5-12
26. Teacher of Students with Severe DisabilitiesAll
27. Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing All
28. Teacher of the Visually Impaired All
29. Technology/Engineering5-12
30. Theater All
31. Visual Art PreK-8; 5-12

(b) Specialist Teacher Licenses and Levels

1. Academically AdvancedPreK-8
2. Reading All
3. Speech, Language, and Hearing DisordersAll

(c) Administrator Licenses and Levels

1. Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent All
2. School Principal/Assistant School Principal PreK-6; 5-8; 9-12
3. Supervisor/Director Dependent on Prerequisite License
4. Special Education AdministratorAll
5. School Business AdministratorAll

(d) Professional Support Personnel Licenses and Levels

1. School Guidance Counselor PreK-8; 5-12
2. School Nurse All
3. School PsychologistAll
4. School Social Worker/School Adjustment CounselorAll

(4) Requirements for Field-Based Experience for the Initial License. Field-based experiences are an integral component of any program for the preparation of educators. 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.

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 Care approved preschools, educational collaboratives, or a school that requires Massachusetts educator licensure.

Practicum or Practicum Equivalent Requirements are as follows:

(a) Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (100 hours in PreK-K, 200 hours in 1-2; at least one setting must include children with disabilities)300 hours
(b) Teacher, Grades 1-6300 hours
(c) Teacher, Grades 5-8300 hours
(d) Teacher, Grades 8-12300 hours
(e) Teacher, Grades PreK-6 or PreK-8300 hours
(f) Teacher, Grades 5-12300 hours
(g) Teacher, All
(150 hours at each of any two of the following levels: PreK-6, 5-8, 8-12)
300 hours
(h) 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)**300 hours
(i) 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)300 hours
(j) Specialist (unless otherwise indicated)150 hours
(k) Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent500 hours
(l) Principal/Assistant Principal500 hours
(m) Supervisor/Director300 hours
(n) Special Education Administrator500 hours
(o) School Business Administrator300 hours
(p) Professional Support Personnel
(See individual license requirements)**
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(5) Endorsements Issued:

(a) Sheltered English Immersion Teacher
(b) Sheltered English Immersion Administrator
(c) Transitional Bilingual Learning

Regulatory Authority:
M.G.L. c. 69, § 1B; c. 69, §§ 1J and 1K, as amended by St. 2010, c. 12, § 3; c. 71, § 38G.



Last Updated: May 2, 2016
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