In July 2014 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with Autism and Other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. The law directed the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a teacher endorsement in autism in order to meet the unique and complex educational needs of students on the Autism Spectrum. On September 22, 2015 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education promulgated regulations establishing the Autism Endorsement. On June 27, 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to expand the group of educators who may qualify for this endorsement to include educators who hold a teacher license and at least three credits related to special education.
*Educators with comparable licenses may satisfy this option. For example, licenses such as Children with Severe Special Needs, Intensive Special Needs, Teacher of Special School and Classes and Special Needs.
The autism endorsement (like all endorsements but for Sheltered English Immersion) is a voluntary endorsement indicating that the educator has acquired specialized knowledge and skill in this area; however, school officials may require the endorsement or other qualifications for educators, in addition to basic licensure.
All educators except those that qualify for reciprocity or those who gain the credential via the Grandfather clause must complete one of the two field based experience options.
To see specific requirement sets, please use the Licensure Requirements Tool
This endorsement is subject to renewal with 30 PDP's in the content area and a valid prerequisite license
There is a $25.00 application fee for this endorsement, even if it is your first/only license/endorsement application.
Please note: The quickest and easiest way to apply for a Massachusetts license and/or endorsement is via our Educator Licensure And Renewal (ELAR) portal.
First-time users of the ELAR portal will need to create a profile prior to submitting an electronic application via ELAR.
Last Updated: October 19, 2020
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