Most Recently Amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 27, 2023
(1) Types of Licenses.
(e) Military Spouse
(2) Requirements for Teacher Licensure.
(f) Alternative Assessment PilotThe Department may conduct a pilot of alternative assessments identified or developed to satisfy the requirements of 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (a) (2) and (3), and 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (b) (2) and (3), and 603 CMR 1.06 (4) (a). Any alternative assessment identified or developed for this purpose shall be determined by the Commissioner to be comparable to the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test or subject matter knowledge test. The alternative assessment pilot period shall continue through June 30, 2025. Any candidate who passes an alternative assessment taken prior to July 1, 2025 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (a) (2), or (a) (3), or 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (b) (2) or (b) (3), or 603 CMR 1.06 (4) (a), as applicable. During the period of the alternative assessment pilot, the Commissioner will report to the Board at least annually on any alternative assessments, including the number of candidates taking the alternative assessments, any evaluative information regarding these candidates, patterns of employment, and feedback from school districts and educator preparation programs. Prior to making any recommendations following the conclusion of the pilot, the Commissioner shall conduct or contract for an evaluation of the alternative assessment pilot.
(3) Licenses Issued. The following licenses will be issued and will be valid for employment at the grade levels indicated:
Digital Literacy/Computer SciencePreK–6; 5–12
Earth and Space Science8–12
English as a Second Language (ESL)PreK–6; 5–12
General Science1–6; 5–8
Health/Family and Consumer SciencesAll
History/Social Science1–6; 5–12
Latin and Classical Humanities5–12
Mathematics1–6; 5–8; 8–12
Middle School: Humanities5–8
Middle School: Mathematics/Science5–8
Physical EducationPreK–8; 5–12
Teacher of Students with Moderate DisabilitiesPreK–2; PreK–8; 5–12
Teacher of Students with Severe DisabilitiesPreK–2; All
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-HearingAll
Teacher of the Visually ImpairedAll
Visual ArtPreK–8; 5–12
World LanguagePreK–6; 5–12
(4) Requirements for Field-Based Experience for the Initial License. Field-based experiences are an integral component of any program for the preparation of educators.
Pre-Practicum. They must begin early in the preparation program (pre-practicum) and be integrated into the courses or seminars that address Professional Standards for Teachers or Professional Standards for Administrators, in accordance with the Pre-Practicum Guidelines.
Practicum. A practicum or practicum equivalent must be supervised jointly by the supervisor from the preparation program in which the candidate is enrolled and the supervising practitioner. The supervising practitioner responsible for the larger portion of the practicum or practicum equivalent and the program supervisor will together evaluate the candidate on the basis of the appropriate standards. Disagreement between the supervising practitioner and the program supervisor will be resolved by the decision of a third person chosen jointly by them.
All individuals in educator preparation programs shall assume full responsibility in the licensure role for a minimum of 100 hours.
All practicum/practicum equivalents shall be completed within a Massachusetts public school, approved private special education school, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care approved preschool, educational collaborative, or a school that requires Massachusetts educator licensure.
Practicum or Practicum Equivalent Requirements are as follows:
(5) Endorsements Issued:
(a) Sheltered English Immersion Teacher
(b) Sheltered English Immersion Administrator
(c) Bilingual Education
(d) Transition Specialist
(f) Academically Advanced
M.G.L. c. 69, § 1B; c. 69, §§ 1J and 1K, as amended by St. 2010; c. 12, § 3; c. 71, § 38G, as amended by St. 2022, c. 154, § 10; c. 71, 38G ½; c. 71A, § 10; c. 76, § 19.
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Last Updated: July 17, 2023
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