Office of Educator Licensure

Notice of Public Comment - New Path for the Competency Review for Licensure

The Department intends to expand the Competency Review Guidelines for licensure to:

  • Add the new Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) teacher license and
  • Introduce a new path called Structured Guidance & Supports.

Interested parties may submit public comment on one or both parts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Public comments may be submitted at Alternately, parties may email comments to with "Competency Review Public Comment" in the subject line.

Structured Guidance & Supports

The Structured Guidance & Supports (SG&S) process is one path for completing the Competency Review. The Competency Review is the mechanism for determining whether a candidate has met the subject matter knowledge requirements for a license in a field for which there is no subject matter knowledge test. The SG&S process is a performance-based assessment for a teacher licensure candidate that includes:

  1. High-quality professional support growth opportunities that are sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused in order to have a positive impact on classroom instruction;
  2. Intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support;
  3. An assessment of the candidate's knowledge and skills against a performance rubric, aligned to and fulfilling the subject matter knowledge requirements of that license.

The SG&S process and assessment takes place over a 150-hour field-based experience.

  • Teacher candidates seeking to add an Initial or Professional license may document the SG&S process as evidence of the 150-hour internship required
  • Teacher candidates seeking to earn a Provisional level license must secure a 150-hour field-based experience in order to complete the SG&S process.

These SG&S Guidelines provide a description of the required process, including information about the performance rubrics, sources of evidence, and the portfolio that must be compiled as documentation of the process.

Download Word Document
Competency Review
Download Word Document
Structured Guidance & Support Guidelines


Download Word Document
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
Download Word Document
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities
Download Word Document
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Aural/Oral
Download Word Document
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication
Download Word Document
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Download Word Document
Digital Literacy and Computer Science, 5-12
Download Word Document
Download Word Document
Potential Sources of Evidence
Download Word Document
DLCS Potential Sources of Evidence
Contact Us

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Fax: 781-338-3391

Licensure Call Center: 781-338-6600
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm.

Walk-in Welcome Center Service Counter
Hours: Monday-Friday
8:45am - 4:45pm 
Located on the 1st floor

Please be sure to bring a form of photo identification that includes your name (cannot be a photo copy) with you when visiting ESE.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.