On June 27, 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved changes to the Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval (603 CMR 7.00), Educator License Renewal (603 CMR 44.00), and Certification of Supervisors of Attendance (603 CMR 13.00). The Secretary of State approved the amended regulations, which became effective on July 28, and the Office of Educator Licensure has already begun to implement them. In order to assist applicants, school districts, sponsoring organizations and other interested parties, ESE has prepared a summary of the changes.

Request for Public Comment

Foreign Teacher Panel (FTP) - The Board approved a formal process in which the Department can license educators that were prepared outside the United States via a panel review rather than having to make a special appeal to the Commissioner. The FTP Guidelines outline the types of candidates that could be licensed via this process as well as providing a checklist of the appropriate supporting documents that will be needed. Comments related to the FTP can be received up until Friday, November 3rd.

Provisional Validity Period - The Provisional license, formerly called a Preliminary license, will be valid for five years of employment as of July 1, 2019, regardless of how many different fields and grade levels of Provisional licenses an educator holds. The Provisional Validity Period Guidelines provide a number of different scenarios of educators that hold multiple Provisional licenses and how many years of employment they may have remaining under their license as of July 1, 2019 when the new regulation is implemented. Public comment will remain open until Friday, December 8th.