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Last Updated: 07/30/2015

  Licensure Information
 

Highly Qualified
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all school districts to ensure that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers in the core academic subjects. The “highly qualified” teacher requirements apply to all core academic teachers employed by the school district, regardless of funding source. Core academic subjects are the following: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts (theater, visual art, dance and music), history, geography.

In order to be considered “highly qualified”, teachers in the core academic subjects must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Possess a Massachusetts teaching license in the area that one is teaching (license can be at the Preliminary, Initial, or Professional level)
  • Demonstrate subject matter competency in each of the core academic subjects that the teacher is teaching.

Options for Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency:

Elementary School Teachers:

  • Pass General Curriculum MTEL; OR
  • Complete Massachusetts HOUSSE (an approved Individual Professional Development Plan aligned with HOUSSE requirements). HOUSSE Plans only apply to specific population of teachers in the shortage areas of English Language Learners and Special Education teachers. The HOUSSE option enables teachers from these categories to meet the HQT subject matter competency requirements so long as they are highly qualified in language arts, mathematics, or science at the time of hire.

Middle and Secondary School Teachers:

  • Pass the MTEL appropriate Subject Matter Test; OR
  • Complete an appropriate: academic major, graduate degree, or coursework equivalent to an academic major; OR
  • Advanced certification or credentialing
  • Completion of the Massachusetts HOUSSE (an approved Individual Professional Development Plan aligned with HOUSSE requirements). HOUSSE Plans only apply to teachers in the shortage areas of English Language Learners and Special Education teachers. The HOUSSE option will enable teachers from these categories to meet the HQT subject matter competency requirements so long as they are highly qualified in English, reading/language arts, mathematics, or science at the time of hire
   
 

Teachers on Waivers
The law states that to be considered highly qualified, the teacher must not have “had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency or temporary basis.” Massachusetts teachers who are on waivers are not considered as having met the highly qualified requirements for purposes of federal reporting requirements.

Out of Field (Subject) Teaching
Massachusetts allows teachers to teach out-of-field for up to 20% of their time. NCLB requires a teacher to demonstrate “a high level of competency in each of the [core] academic subjects” in which he or she teaches. A teacher who is teaching out- of-field will not be considered highly qualified in the out-of-field subject area until he or she has demonstrated subject matter competency in that area.
   
  Massachusetts Department of Education Academic (PreK-12) Licensure Guidelines
 

Temporary License

  • Valid for 1 calendar year
  • For experienced teachers from another state requires:
    • 3 Years teaching under Valid Out-of-State License
    • Possession of a valid educator license/certificate from another state/jurisdiction that is comparable to at least an Initial license in Massachusetts
    • Met the terms of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s interstate agreements

Preliminary License

  • Valid for 5 years of employment
  • For people who have not completed Approved Educator Preparation Program requires:
  • A Bachelor's Degree
  • Passing Score(s) on MTEL
  • Additional Coursework for Some Licenses

Initial License (See Routes to Initial License on Page 30)

  • Valid for five years of employment
  • May be extended one time for 5 additional years of employment requires:
    • A Bachelor’s Degree
    • Passing score(s) on MTEL
    • Completion of an approved Educator Preparation Program (Teachers should refer to the Department of Education prior to enrolling in any Educator Preparation Program to confirm the program is on the approved list.)

Professional License (See Options for the Professional License on Page 31)

  • Valid for 5 calendar years requires:
    • 3 Years of Employment under an Initial License – (Candidates need authorization via an Employment Verification Form.)
    • Completion of a Teacher Induction Program
    • One of the Options for the Professional License
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  Guidelines for educators with Massachusetts Standard / Professional Certificates / Licenses
 

Each educator will develop an Individual Professional Development Plan that describes eligible activities that will lead to recertification within a given five-year cycle.  The plan must focus on goals that strengthen content and professional skills to improve student learning.

Educators with standard certificates issued or renewed after December 1, 1999 must develop Individual Professional Development Plans that include 150 PDPs. At least 120 PDPs must be in the content areas of the certificate or in pedagogy directly related to the primary certificate, with at least 90 of these PDPs in the content area of the primary certificate.

Educators working in Massachusetts public schools must get initial approval of their professional development plans from their supervisors. The supervisor shall approve the plan if 120 of the content and pedagogy PDPs are consistent with the school and district educational improvement goals.  A minimum of 10 PDPs must be earned in a specific topic to count toward recertification. Educators must include their supervisor’s endorsement of the complete professional development plan in their application for recertification.

Professional development plans must include an additional 30 PDPs in the content area of each additional certificate to be renewed.

   
 
Standard Certificate
Date of Issue or Renewal
PDPs Required
(Effective December 1, 1999)
Plan Approval
By Supervisor
After 12/01/99
  • 150 PDPs for Primary area Minimum of 120 points must be in the content / pedagogy of primary area and a minimum of 90 points of that 120 must be in content

    Minimum of 10 hours in a topic

  • Each additional area must have 30 points in the content
  • Must receive initial approval within three months of issuance

    OR

  • Must receive initial approval by 6/30/00, whichever is later
  • Must obtain final approval and supervisor's endorsement prior to submitting application for recertification.

6/18/99 through 12/1/99

(Great majority of veteran educators or Prior to 10/01/94 subject or renewal by 6/18/99)

  • 120 PDPs for primary area

    After Initial Plan Approval
    Minimum 80% of points must be in content / pedagogy of primary area

    Minimum of 60% of points must be in content of primary area

    Minimum of 10 hours in a topic

    Prior to Plan Approval
    Maximum of 60 points outside of
    content/professional skill may be used Minimum of 4 hours in a topic

  • Each additional area must have 30 points in content/professional skill
  • Must receive initial approval by 6/30/00
  • Must obtain final approval and supervisor’s endorsement prior to submitting application for recertification
See Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators, January 2000, for additional information on guidelines.
   
  Procedures for the Individual Professional Development Plan
 
  1. Each educator with a standard certificate is responsible for developing an Individual Professional Development Plan that describes eligible activities which will lead to recertification within a given five year cycle.
  2. The plan must focus on goals that strengthen content and professional skills to improve student learning as reflected by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The plan must indicate 80% alignment with the district and school goals.
  3. Educators are required to maintain an Individual Professional Development Plan, reasonable documentation that validates the completion of an activity and the number of points accrued, and a record of recertification activities.
  4. The record of completed activities must include the topics and types of professional activities completed the dates of activities, the providers, and the number of points completed.
  5. Documentation of any product that has resulted in PDPs must be kept for at least the five-year cycle.
  6. Educators must maintain the documentation record log, professional development plan and application for at least five years following the date of recertification.
  7. The Hanover Public Schools recommend that educators use the Individual Professional Development Plan developed by the Massachusetts Department of Education.