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Program Approval Guidelines Updates

The Massachusetts Educator Preparation Program Approval Guidelines detail expectations for preparation providers in the Commonwealth. The guidelines include requirements for expected outcomes of training new educators as well as the process providers go through to demonstrate their capacity and sustainability in preparing individuals in alignment with those expectations.

After a transformative and effective overhaul of this accountability system in 2012 that all providers have now gone through, DESE will further deepen and evolve these expectations and procedures in the coming years. Read more about the shifts and timelines around these updates. Download PDF Document

Because we will be updating the current Program Approval Guidelines in phases, below are the individual sections of the current guidelines along with planned updates or new sections being added.

Please reach out to EducatorPreparation@mass.gov with any questions.

We are currently accepting Public Comment for the Winter 2021 updated sections (see table below) until February 22, 2021. Please use this survey to provide feedback.

Overall Expectations
SectionActive VersionAnticipated Timeline for UpdatesDrafts for Public Comment
Context & Purpose2016 Version Download PDF DocumentWinter 2021Drafts for Public Comment Download Word Document
Stakeholders2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Program Approval Standards & Review Criteria2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Field-Based Experiences2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Performance Assessments2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2022 
Implementing Waivers 2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2023 
Annual Reporting2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Public Reporting2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2023 
New Section:
Instruction Focus and Program Level Expectations
 Winter 2021Drafts for Public Comment Download Word Document
Review & Approval Process
SectionActive VersionAnticipated Timeline for UpdatesDrafts for Public Comment
Program Approval Overview and DESE Role2016 Version Download PDF DocumentWinter 2021Drafts for Public Comment Download Word Document
National Accreditation & State Approval2016 Version Download PDF DocumentWinter 2021Drafts for Public Comment Download Word Document
Review Intro2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2023 
Informal Review2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2022 
Formal Review2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2023 
Interim Review of Approved Programs2016 Version Download PDF DocumentWinter 2021Drafts for Public Comment Download Word Document
Decision-making, Criteria Ratings, and Domain Recommendations2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Approval Determinations2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Status Designations2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Appendices
SectionActive VersionAnticipated Timeline for UpdatesDrafts for Public Comment
Glossary of Terms2016 Version Download PDF DocumentAs needed 
Appendix A: Regulations Governing Program Approval2016 Version Download PDF DocumentNo changeNo change
Appendix B: Review Criteria2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Appendix C: Program Approval Standards and Domain Crosswalk 2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2021 
Appendix D: Continuous Improvement Cycle2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2022 
Appendix E: Delivery Models2016 Version Download PDF DocumentSpring 2022 
New Appendices:
  • Curricular Literacy Resources
  • Teacher Educator Practice
  • List of Supporting Guidelines
  Spring 2021  

Last Updated: January 7, 2021

 
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