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603 CMR 7.00:

Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations


  • 7.01: Purpose
  • 7.02: Definitions
  • 7.03: Educator Preparation Program Approval
  • 7.04: Types of Educator Licenses, Requirements for Licensure, Licenses Issued, and Requirements for Field-Based Experience
  • 7.05: Routes to an Initial Teacher License and Specialist Teacher Licenses
  • 7.06: Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements for Teachers
  • 7.07: Specialist Teacher Licenses
  • 7.08: Professional Standards for Teachers
  • 7.09: Licenses and Routes for Administrators
  • 7.10: Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership
  • 7.11: Professional Support Personnel Licenses
  • 7.12: Standards for Induction Programs for Teachers
  • 7.13: Standards for Induction Programs for Administrators
  • 7.14: Endorsements
  • 7.15: General Provisions
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Most Recently Amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 27, 2023

7.13: Standards for Induction Programs for Administrators

(1) Application. All school districts are required to provide an induction program for all administrators in their first year of practice. Guidelines based on the following Standards will be provided by the Department.

(2) Standards. All induction programs shall meet the following requirements:

  1. (a) An orientation program for first-year administrators and all other administrators new to the district.

  2. (b) Assignment of first-year administrators to a trained mentor within the first two weeks of working.

  3. (c) Assignment of a support team that shall consist of, but not be limited to, the mentor and an administrator qualified to evaluate administrators.

  4. (d) Provision for adequate time for the mentor and beginning administrator to engage in professional conversations on learning and teaching as well as building leadership capacity within the school community and other appropriate mentoring activities.

  5. (e) Provision for adequate time and resources to learn how to use effective methods of personnel selection, supervision, and evaluation that are included in the Professional Standards for Administrators (603 CMR 7.10 (2)).

(3) Additional Requirements. All induction programs shall submit an annual report to the Department that includes information on:

  1. (a) Program activities.

  2. (b) Number and complete list of beginning administrators served.

  3. (c) Number and complete list of trained mentors involved in the program.

  4. (d) Number of site-based visits made by mentors.

  5. (e) Number of hours that mentors and beginning administrators spent with each other.

  6. (f) Hiring and retention rates for first-year administrators.

  7. (g) Participant satisfaction.

  8. (h) Partnerships developed with other districts, professional associations, and institutions of higher education to support the administrator induction program.

Regulatory Authority:
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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