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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

44.06: Professional Development Requirements

(1) Educators applying to renew a Primary license are required to complete at least 150 PDPs including:

  1. (a) At least 15 PDPs related to SEI, English as a Second Language, or Bilingual Education.

  2. (b) At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.

  3. (c) At least 15 PDPs in the content area of the license.

  4. (d) At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy.

(2) A minimum of 10 PDPs must be earned in a topic to count the PDPs toward license renewal.

(3) Professional development plans must include an additional 30 PDPs for each license that an educator renews in addition to the Primary License, with at least 15 PDPs in the content area(s) of any additional license(s) to be renewed.

(4) Additional requirements for the teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (American Sign Language/Total Communication) license: a passing score on a test of sign language proficiency approved by the Department.

(5) Additional requirements for the school nursing and speech, language, and hearing disorders teacher licenses: possession of the relevant registered nurse or speech language pathologist license in good standing.

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

For an official copy of these regulations, please contact the State House Bookstore, at 617-727-2834 or visit Massachusetts State Bookstore.

Last Updated: July 23, 2018

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