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Massachusetts Teacher Professional Development

Massachusetts teachers take Model Teaching courses every year to help them renew their teaching license, advance their salary, or simply to improve their instructional effectiveness. Learn more below about how our professional development and continuing education courses can help you today!

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Professional Development Courses For Massachusetts Teachers

High-quality, straightforward, and cost-effective online courses (including graduate-level) for Massachusetts Teachers. Let us show you have we can help you improve your teaching effectiveness, maintain your teaching license, or advance your teaching career.

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Massachusetts Teacher License Renewal & Professional Development Requirements

Massachusetts teachers utilize Model Teaching courses every year to earn academic credits for license renewal. All Model Teaching university-partnered courses provide graduate-level semester credit for license renewal or salary advancement purposes. You may choose any Model Teaching university-partnered courses of interest or enroll in one of our Course Bundle Packs – the most cost-effective way to earn credits.

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Model Teaching offers great options for Massachusetts teachers to earn semester credits from accredited universities in order to renew or maintain their teaching certification.

Our Academic Credit/ University Partnered Courses are acceptable for Massachusetts teacher license renewal and Professional Development requirement hours according to The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Consider our University-Partnered CE Bundle Packs for a cost-effective way to earn your credits for your teacher re-licensure or salary advancement needs.

Be sure to confirm your specific teaching license renewal requirements with your state or local license-granting authority prior to enrolling.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education holds several different types of teaching licenses, each valid for a specific time frame and each requiring teachers to complete necessary steps for advancement and renewal.

Temporary License: Valid for 1 year of employment, must transition to a Provisional license
Provisional License: Valid for 5 years of employment, cannot be extended, must advance to initial
Initial License: Valid for 5 years of employment, must advance to Professional
Professional: Valid for 5 years, must be renewed every 5 years

RENEWING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE:

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education:
“Professional licenses are valid for five (5) calendar years and must be renewed in order to remain active. Professional licenses that are either one (1) year from expiring or currently on inactive status can be renewed only if the required number of Professional Development Points (PDPs) has been earned.”

“Regardless of when an educator is expected to renew their professional license, if employed the educator must obtain final approval of their individual professional development plan by their supervisor; the educator must have a minimum of 10 PDPs in a topic area in order to use the PDPs towards license renewal. Each additional license that an educator renews requires 30 PDPs in the content area of each license to be renewed.”

“Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 PDPs that break down as follows:

  1. At least 15 PDPs in content (subject matter knowledge)
  2. At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy (professional skills and knowledge)
  3. At least 15 PDPs related to Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language (ESL)
  4. At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles
  5. The remaining required 90 PDPs may be earned through either “elective” activities that address other educational issues and topics that improve student learning, or additional content, and/or pedagogy.”

University or college credits are acceptable with Generally, 1 credit =15 hours = 1.5 CEUs = 15 PDPs.

Model Teaching offers courses provided through regionally accredited university partners. These institutions are accredited by several accrediting agencies.  Our Academic Credit University-Partnered Courses are acceptable for Massachusetts teacher license renewal and Professional Development requirement hours according to The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority.

If you would like to confirm approval of a course, please feel free to complete and email our Request Course Approval form to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

While we always recommend you confirm your state or district’s license renewal requirements, we recommend choosing any of our regionally-accredited university partnered courses or course bundle packs.  These courses are in partnership with regionally-accredited universities and include an official transcript.
The most cost-effective option for teachers who need the maximum number of credits is any of our University-Partnered Bundle Packs. (See Below)

Please refer to our course menu for a listing of graduate-level courses. Within each course page, you will have access to a syllabus that you may download.

Yes, all university-partnered graduate-level courses will include access to an official transcript from the university.

Advancing a License:

Use the “Licensure Requirements Tool” found at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to find your specific requirements.

REFERENCE: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

What We Recommended for Massachusetts Teachers

Build Your Own Graduate-Level Bundle Pack

Access Our Full University-Partnered Course Menu to Earn Your Required Number of Credits

  • Includes full access to all graduate-level courses from any of our university partners

  • Register for any credits package, take any courses until you use all of your credits

  • Choose from our entire suite of university-partnered courses, work to complete as many as you wish at your own pace

  • Course Partners Include: University of the Pacific, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Massachusetts Global, & Valley City State University
  • All university-partnered courses are regionally-accredited & include an official transcript & letter grade

  • Great for salary advancement or license renewal

  • All courses self-paced & accessible for 1 year

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Salary Advancement Information for Teachers

Model Teaching partners with regionally-accredited universities across the country to provide graduate-level courses to thousands of K-12 teachers and educators every year. Generally, school districts across the country provide various salary scale advancement opportunities to teachers that often includes participation in graduate-level professional development. Our university-partnered, graduate-level courses are an excellent and cost-effective way for you to earn the continuing education academic credit you need.

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View Graduate-Level Courses Recommended for Salary Advancement

All Model Teaching university partners are regionally-accredited universities who offer our courses in partnership for graduate-level, academic and/or post-bachelorette credit.  Most states and school districts allow teachers to earn this type of credit as part of advancing in the salary scale.  Please check with your district’s policies regarding continuing education for salary advancement prior to enrolling.

The most cost-effective way to earn credits is by enrolling in our build your own bundle pack package (See Here).

Please refer to our course menu for a listing of graduate-level courses. Within each course page, you will have access to a syllabus that you may download.

Yes, all university-partnered graduate-level courses will include access to an official transcript from the university.

These graduate-level courses are primarily designed for salary advancement and/or certificate re-licensure.  It is the sole discretion of any university that issues the Masters Degree weather or not they may accept these credits to apply to a degree program.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state or district’s salary advancement policies or requirements. Please check with your district for details regarding your district’s salary advancement policies before enrolling in a course.

*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Massachusetts teacher recertification requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.