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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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7.05: Routes to Initial Teacher and Specialist Teacher Licenses

(1) Route One is for teacher candidates who receive their preparation in approved undergraduate programs. Route One cannot be used to prepare for a license as a library teacher. Candidates seeking licensure under Route One shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Bachelor's degree.
(b) Completion of an approved program as set forth in 7.03 (2) (a).
(c) Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
(d) 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.
(e) For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

(2) Route Two is for teacher candidates who receive their preparation in approved post-baccalaureate programs, including approved alternative programs. Teacher candidates seeking licensure under Route Two must meet the following requirements:

(a) Bachelor's degree.
(b) Completion of an approved program as set forth in 7.03 (2) (a).
(c) Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
(d) Passing score on the subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the license sought, based on the subject matter knowledge requirements in 603 CMR 7.06 and 7.07.
(e) For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

(3) Route Three is for teacher candidates who hold a Preliminary license, serve in a school and are either hired as teachers of record or are serving an apprenticeship in a classroom under the direct supervision of a teacher who holds an appropriate license. Candidates seeking licensure under Route Three shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Possession of a Preliminary license in the field and at the level of the license sought. See 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (a).
(b) An approved program for the license sought.
(c) For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

(4) Route Four is the Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure process for teacher candidates who hold a Preliminary license, are hired as teachers of record, and are working in a district that does not have an approved program for the Initial license. Route Four is not available for the following teacher and specialist teacher licenses: early childhood, elementary, library, teacher of students with moderate disabilities, teacher of students with severe disabilities, teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, teacher of the visually impaired, academically advanced, reading, and speech/language/hearing disorders. Candidates seeking licensure under Route Four shall meet the following eligibility requirements:

(a) Possession of a Preliminary license in the field and at the level of the license sought. See 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (a).
(b) At least three full years of employment in the role of the Preliminary license.
(c) Documentation of seminars, courses, and experience relevant to the Professional Standards for Teachers in 603 7.08 (1), (2), and (3).
(d) A recommendation from the principal of each school where the candidate was employed under the Preliminary license or in the role of the license sought.
(e) A competency review for those license fields that have no subject matter knowledge test, or for which not all the subject matter knowledge required for the license is measured by the test.
(f) For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

(5) Route Five is for candidates from outside Massachusetts. Candidates seeking licensure under Route Five shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Evidence of one of the following:
  1. Completion of a state-approved educator preparation program in a state with which Massachusetts has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement or other agreement accepted by the Commissioner.
  2. Completion of an educator preparation program sponsored by a college or university outside Massachusetts that has been accredited by an organization accepted by the Commissioner, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  3. Possession of a Regional Credential.
  4. Possession of the equivalent of at least an Initial license/certificate issued by a state with which Massachusetts has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement or other agreement accepted by the Commissioner and three years of employment under such license/certificate during the previous seven years.
(b) Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
(c) Passing score on the subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the license sought, where available, based on the subject matter knowledge requirements set forth in 603 CMR 7.06 and 7.07.
(d) For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

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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