Masters Degree Accommodation
In June of this year, the Board of Education amended regulations to specify which master's degree programs could count toward the state's professional license, exempting some that were not as content specific as others. In August, Commissioner Driscoll provided those who already possessed an Initial License and who were half-way through any master's degree program with an accommodation so long as they earned their master's and would have three years of experience by October 1, 2005.
This worked for most of the educators involved, but left behind those who had not heard of the change in time and a small group who would be unable to earn their three years of experience by the deadline. Many of these people were caught in the DOE's licensure backlog last year and had to wait more than six months for their Initial License to go through, making it impossible for them to complete three years by fall, 2005.
The accommodation has been revised to allow these candidates for professional licensure until October 1, 2006 to earn the three years of teaching experience under their Initial License needed to qualify. The Department is also extending the deadline to register for the accommodation to November 21st, 2003.
Individuals seeking to qualify for this accommodation must sign and submit the affidavit that can be found at www.doe.mass.edu/educators/affidavit.doc to the Office of Educator Licensure no later than 11/21/03. In order to qualify, candidates must:
- Possess an Initial License by 10/1/03.
- Have completed at least 15 credits toward their master's degree by 10/1/03.
- Complete their master's degree by 10/1/05.
- Apply for Professional Licensure by 11/21/03.
- Complete three years of experience under their Initial License by 10/1/06.
The affidavit, with an original signature, must be received by the Department of Education by 11/21/03 by mail or by bringing it to the Service Counter at our offices on the third floor of 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148.