Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 4.00:

Vocational Technical Education

Section:

  • 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


4.07: Types of Vocational Technical Teacher Licenses, Requirements for Licensure, and Licenses Issued

(1) Types

(a) Preliminary

(b) Professional

(2) Requirements for the Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License

(a) Evidence of sound moral character.

(b) Education:

  1. Candidates for the following licenses must document an associate degree or higher degree related to the subject matter and skills they will teach:

    1. Dental Assisting
    2. Design & Visual Communications
    3. Drafting
    4. Electronics
    5. Hospitality Management
    6. Programming and Web Development
    7. Information Support Services & Networking
    8. Medical Assisting
    9. Medical Laboratory Technology
    10. Business Technology
    11. Radio and Television Broadcasting
    12. Telecommunications - Fiber Optics
    13. Criminal Justice
    14. Robotics & Automation Technology

  2. Candidates for the following licenses must document a bachelor's degree or higher degree related to the subject matter and skills they will teach:

    1. Animal Science
    2. Biotechnology
    3. Early Education and Care
    4. Engineering Technology
    5. Environmental Science & Technology
    6. Health Assisting
    7. Horticulture
    8. Marketing
    9. Surgical Technology
    10. Practical Nursing (LPN)

  3. All other vocational technical teacher license candidates must document a high school diploma or the equivalent.

(c) Massachusetts and/or federal government or industry issued licenses or certifications required by industry or government to work in the technical area and by the Department to teach the vocational technical subject matter and skills as set forth in Department guidelines.

(d) Achieving passing scores on the written and performance tests in the vocational technical subject matter and skills the candidate will teach.

(e) Achieving a passing score on either the Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test or the Communication and Literacy Skills Test.

(f) Employment Experience: All vocational technical teacher license candidates must document employment experience directly related to the subject matter and skills they will teach.

  1. Candidates for a vocational technical teacher license for which a bachelor's degree is required must document a minimum of three years of full-time employment experience, provided however, that a master's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the three years of required employment experience.

  2. Candidates for a vocational technical teacher license for which an associate degree is required must document a minimum of four years of full-time employment experience, provided however, that a bachelor's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the four years of required employment experience and a master's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the four years of required employment experience.

  3. Vocational technical teacher candidates who are required to possess a minimum of a high school diploma must document a minimum of five years of full-time employment experience, provided however, that an associate degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for one of the five years of employment experience and a bachelor's degree related to the subject matter and skills to be taught may substitute for two of the five years of required employment experience.

  4. Actual time spent on cooperative education employment by a graduate of a vocational technical education program may be counted toward meeting a portion of the employment experience requirement.

(3) Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement for Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License.

Starting on July 1, 2021, a career vocational technical teacher who is assigned to provide sheltered English instruction to an English learner shall either hold a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Teacher Endorsement or earn such endorsement within one year from the date of the assignment pursuant to 603 CMR 14.08(3). 603 CMR 4.07(3) shall not apply to career vocational technical teachers who are required to obtain the SEI Endorsement in accordance with 603 CMR 14.08(2).

(4) Requirements for the Professional Vocational Technical Teacher License

(a) Evidence of sound moral character.

(b) Possession of a Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher License pursuant to 603 CMR 4.00.

(c) Massachusetts and/or federal government or industry issued licenses or certifications required by industry or government to work in the technical program area and by the Department to teach the vocational technical subject matter and skills as set forth in Department guidelines.

(d) Completion of a one-year induction program with a trained mentor.

(e) The completion of at least three full years of employment in the role of licensed vocational technical teacher in the program area of the license.

(f) Starting July 1, 2021, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

(g) The completion of 36 college degree credits or the equivalent as follows:

  1. 18 college degree credits in professional education courses approved by the Department. These courses shall address the Professional Standards for Vocational Technical Teachers set forth in 603 CMR 4.10.
  2. One of the following:
    1. Possession of a bachelor's degree; or
    2. 18 college credits in the following areas:
      1. Three college degree credits in English.
      2. Three college degree credits in mathematics.
      3. Three college degree credits in science.
      4. Nine college degree credits in coursework, which may include courses related to the vocational technical education subject, additional English, mathematics, or science courses.

  3. Educators who possess a higher degree than the one required to obtain the Preliminary license as outlined in 603 CMR 4.07(2)(b) may have the degree accepted in lieu of the college degree credits in 603 CMR 4.07(4)(g)(2)(2).
  4. College degree credits earned through the completion of a Sheltered English Immersion course may be counted towards the college degree credits required by 603 CMR 4.07(4)(g)2.
  5. In lieu of the requirements of 603 CMR 4.07(4)(g)(1), educators seeking a Professional license for a vocational license field that is operated only at the postsecondary level must complete 6 credits as outlined in Department guidance.

(5) Vocational Technical Teacher Licenses Issued. Licenses listed under the following occupational clusters may be issued.

(a) Agriculture and Natural Resources Cluster.

  1. Agricultural Mechanics
  2. Animal Science
  3. Environmental Science & Technology
  4. Horticulture

(b) Arts and Communication Services Cluster.

  1. Design & Visual Communications
  2. Graphic Communications
  3. Radio and Television Broadcasting

(c) Business and Consumer Services Cluster.

  1. Cosmetology
  2. Fashion Technology
  3. Marketing
  4. Business Technology

(d) Construction Cluster.

  1. Building and Property Maintenance
  2. Cabinetmaking
  3. Carpentry
  4. Electricity
  5. Heating - Air Conditioning - Ventilation - Refrigeration
  6. Mason and Tile Setting
  7. Painting and Design Technologies
  8. Plumbing
  9. Sheet Metalworking
  10. Construction Craft Laborer

(e) Manufacturing, Engineering & Technological Cluster.

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Drafting
  3. Electronics
  4. Engineering Technology
  5. Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  6. Major Appliance Installation/Repairing
  7. Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies
  8. Stationary Engineering
  9. Telecommunications - Fiber Optics
  10. Welding
  11. Robotics & Automation Technology

(f) Health Services Cluster.

  1. Dental Assisting
  2. Health Assisting
  3. Medical Assisting
  4. Medical Laboratory Technology
  5. Surgical Technology
  6. Practical Nursing (LPN)

(g) Hospitality and Tourism Cluster.

  1. Baking
  2. Culinary Arts
  3. Hospitality Management

(h) Education Cluster.

  1. Early Education and Care

(i) Information Technology Services Cluster.

  1. Programming & Web Development
  2. Information Support Services & Networking

(j) Transportation Cluster.

  1. Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
  2. Automotive Technology
  3. Aviation Maintenance Technology
  4. Diesel Technology
  5. Marine Service Technology
  6. Power Equipment Technology

(k) Legal and Protective Services.

  1. Criminal Justice

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Last Updated: June 24, 2021

 
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