Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 4.00:

Vocational Technical Education


  • 4.01: Purpose
  • 4.02: Definitions
  • 4.03: Program Approval Criteria and Operational Requirements
  • 4.04: Program Approval Procedures and Policies
  • 4.05: Program Outcomes
  • 4.06: Unpaid Off-Campus Construction and Maintenance Projects
  • 4.07: Types of Vocational Technical Teacher Licenses, Requirements for Licensure and Licenses Issued
  • 4.08: Types of Vocational Technical Administrator Licenses and Requirements for Licensure
  • 4.09: Types of Vocational Technical Cooperative Education Coordinator Licenses and Requirements for Licensure
  • 4.10: Professional Standards
  • 4.11: Extension of Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License
  • 4.12: Professional Vocational Technical Educator License Renewal and Professional Development
  • 4.13: General Provisions Regarding Educator Licensure
  • 4.14: Certificate of Occupational Proficiency
  • 4.15: Endorsements
  • 4.16: Pilot Programs
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Most recently amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 22, 2021

4.01: Purpose

(1) 603 CMR 4.00 supervises the operation of public vocational technical education programs in the Commonwealth, and governs the operation and approval of secondary and postsecondary vocational technical education programs offered in public school districts. They govern the licensure of vocational technical educators in public school districts.

(2) Purpose. The purpose of 603 CMR 4.00 is to promote, for all vocational technical education programs, the scope and quality necessary to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in a dynamic, global workplace and in postsecondary education including registered apprenticeship programs.

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Last Updated: June 24, 2021

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