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:
- At least 15 PDPs in content (subject matter knowledge)
- At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy (professional skills and knowledge)
- At least 15 PDPs related to Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language (ESL)
- 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
- 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.