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603 CMR 44.00:

Educator License Renewal


Most recently amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 26, 2018

44.03: General Provisions

(1) Except as provided in 603 CMR 44.07, each license shall be valid for five years, and may be renewed for successive five year terms upon the successful completion of the requisite number of PDPs as set forth in 603 CMR 44.05 (1) and 44.06(1) within a particular five year active period, based on an individual professional development plan that is designed to improve teaching and student learning and that is approved, if required, by the educator's supervisor.

(2) Professional development points may be earned in the following ways:

  1. (a) PDPs may be awarded by registered providers to license holders who complete a professional development activity and demonstrate proficiency in the relevant subject area or skill through an appropriate end-of-course assessment that satisfies Department guidelines.

  2. (b) PDPs may be awarded by, or under the auspices of, the Department, school districts, or educational collaboratives upon an educator's completion of a professional development activity in compliance with Department guidelines.

  3. (c) Educators may accrue PDPs through an educator-designed professional development activity that satisfies Department guidelines.

(3) An educator also may choose to accrue professional development points by achieving a passing score on a performance assessment approved by the Board. This activity will earn an educator 120 PDPs, 90 in the content area of the license and 30 in pedagogy.

(4) The Department shall develop and maintain a registry of professional development providers in order to facilitate access to information about professional development programs.

(5) Notwithstanding 603 CMR 44.05, any core academic teacher, principal, assistant principal, or supervisor/director supervising or evaluating a core academic teacher as defined in 603 CMR 7.02, who fails to earn an SEI endorsement by the time designated for his or her cohort established pursuant to 603 CMR 14.07(2), will not be eligible to renew his or her license until such educator earns an SEI endorsement. Provided however, in accordance with 603 CMR 14.07(2), upon a showing of hardship, the Department may grant an educator an extension of time beyond the date designated for his or her cohort to earn an SEI endorsement.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 44.00: M.G.L. c. 71, §38G

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Last Updated: July 23, 2018

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