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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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7.07: Specialist Teacher Licenses

For candidates who were prepared outside Massachusetts, see 603 CMR 7.05 (5).

(1) Academically Advanced (Levels: PreK-8)

(a) Initial License.

  1. Prerequisites: At least an Initial license in elementary, middle school, English, history, political science/political philosophy, mathematics, or one of the sciences and at least one year of teaching experience under that license.
  2. Completion of an approved educator preparation program for the Initial license as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (a). The practicum or practicum equivalent of 150 hours must be with a group of students identified by the district as academically advanced. Practicum or practicum equivalent must include approximately equal experience with academically advanced students both in a general education classroom and in classes for academically advanced students at two different grade levels.
  3. The topics set forth in 603 CMR 7.06 (18) (a) and (b) and 603 CMR 7.06 (19) (a) and (b), together with the following topics, will be addressed on the test of subject matter knowledge:
    1. Knowledge of ways to adapt curricular content from higher grade levels, especially in science and mathematics, for academically advanced students in lower grade levels.
    2. Design and implementation of accelerated curricula providing conceptual understanding for academically advanced students in mixed ability classrooms that enable them to engage in sustained study in a content area appropriate to their learning pace.
  4. The following topics shall be included in an approved program but will not be addressed on a test of subject matter knowledge:
    1. Knowledge of curricular content in all the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for PreK-10, with emphasis on either science and mathematics or the humanities.
    2. Emotional, social, and cognitive development and needs of academically advanced students.
    3. Design and implementation of accelerated curricula providing conceptual understanding for academically advanced students in groups (pullout grouping, cluster grouping, cross-graded classes, full-time ability grouping, regrouping for specific instruction).
    4. Knowledge of research on issues related to the education of academically advanced students.
    5. Knowledge of federal and state laws on education for the academically advanced.
  5. Individuals are exempt from the requirements set forth in 7.07 (1) (a) 1. through 4. if they have at least three years employment by a school district in a role that included significant experience with students identified by the district as academically advanced and have passed one of the following subject matter knowledge tests: Middle School Mathematics/Science, Middle School Humanities, Middle School Mathematics, General Science, or any single subject matter test in an academic subject taught in 5-12 for which the Department issues a license.

(b) Professional License.

  1. For candidates who do not hold any Professional teacher license, complete requirements set forth in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c).
  2. For candidates who hold at least one Professional teacher license, complete three years of employment under the Initial license in the field of the Professional license sought.

(2) Reading (Levels: All)

(a) Initial License.

  1. Prerequisite: At least an Initial teaching license and at least one year of experience under that license.
  2. Completion of an approved educator preparation program for the Initial license as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (a).
  3. The following topics will be addressed on the test of subject matter knowledge:
    1. Knowledge of the significant theories, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension.
    2. Phonemic awareness and phonics: principles, knowledge, and instructional practices.
    3. History and nature of English vocabulary and of English-language dialects; development of vocabulary knowledge.
    4. Theories, research, and practices for reading instruction in the academic disciplines.
    5. Selection and use of appropriate programs, materials, and technology for reading instruction.
    6. Knowledge of, and selection criteria for, literature and informational books for children and adolescents.
    7. Screening and diagnostic instruments, their administration and use for determining student strengths and weaknesses.
    8. Knowledge and use of a variety of informal and formal reading assessments.
    9. Second language acquisition and its relationship to literacy learning.
    10. Child and adolescent development and the timing of formal reading instruction.
    11. Cognitive development in adolescence and its relationship to reading instruction.
    12. Approaches and practices for writing instruction, including assessment of writing skills and their relationship to reading.
    13. Methods to support classroom teachers and tutors in the improvement of reading instruction, including consultation techniques and professional development.

(b) Professional License.

  1. For candidates who do not hold any Professional teacher license, complete requirements set forth in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c).
  2. For candidates who hold at least one Professional teacher license, complete three years of employment under the Initial license in the field of the Professional license sought.

(3) Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders (Levels: All)

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a) Initial License.

  1. Master's degree in speech-language pathology from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  2. Eligibility for Clinical Fellowship.
  3. Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
  4. Completion of a clinical practicum consisting of 100 onsite hours in a public school or an approved private school setting.
  5. Adherence to the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(b) Professional License.

  1. Possession of an Initial license.
  2. Possession and maintenance of the license to practice speech-language pathology through the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  3. Completion of the Clinical Fellowship in speech-language pathology.
  4. Passing score on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  5. Three years of employment under the Initial license in the field of the Professional license sought.

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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