Details about the requirements and process for advancing an Initial license to Professional.
When applying for a Professional license, you must have all of the following:
Note: The school district employing the candidate is responsible for providing the first-year mentoring and 50 hours of mentoring beyond the first year. ESE holds candidates harmless for the induction requirement if their employing district did not provide them with appropriate induction support.
To document employment and mentoring, candidates can have their district fill out and submit the Verification of School Based Employment Induction/Mentoring form to ESE.
The focus of this requirement is on content-based coursework (see subject matter knowledge requirements for your license area), not pedagogy or methods coursework unless pedagogy is listed in the subject matter knowledge requirements. You must have one of the following:
NOTE: A licensure program (M.Ed. or Licensure-Only) for Reading Specialist may be used to obtain an additional license and advance an Initial license in Early Childhood, Elementary, English Language Learners, Teacher of Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to Professional.A licensure program (M.Ed. or Licensure-Only) for Teachers of Students with Moderate Disabilities may be used to obtain an additional license and advance an Initial license in Early Childhood and Elementary to Professional.
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Rita SugarmanAssociate Certification Officer617.349.8427Mailing address: 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790