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Routes to Professional License

Routes to Professional License

Professional License - renewed every 5 years

To move from an Initial License to a Professional license, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Possession of an Initial license in the same field as the Professional license sought.
  2. Completion of a one-year induction program with a mentor.
  3. At least three full years of employment under the Initial license.
  4. At least 50 hours of a mentored experience beyond the induction year, which may be fulfilled as part of a program option in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c) 5.
  5. Completion of one of the following:  
        a. Approved district-based program for the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (b) 1. a.
        b. A master's or higher graduate level program in an accredited college or university that is or includes one of the following:
        i. Approved program for the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (b) 1. b.
        ii. A master's degree program or other advanced graduate program in the academic discipline appropriate to the license sought in a graduate or professional school other than education.
        c. For those who have completed any master's or higher degree or other advanced graduate program not described in 603 CMR 7.04 (2) (c) 5. b., in an accredited college or university, one of the following:
        i. Approved, non-degree, 12-credit program of which no fewer than nine credits are in the academic discipline appropriate to the instructional field of the Professional license sought as set forth in 603 CMR 7.03 (2) (b) 1.
        ii. 12 credits of graduate level courses in the academic discipline appropriate to the instructional field of the Professional license sought; these may include credits earned prior to application for the license.
        d. Programs leading to eligibility for master teacher status, such as those sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and others accepted by the Commissioner.
    e. A Department-sponsored Performance Assessment Program, when available.
    Excerpted from Massachusetts  603 CMR 7.04
Updated September 2007