Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Licensure
Atten: Vocational Technical Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
This Guide was prepared to assist teachers who have a Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher license with the process of obtaining the Professional Vocational Technical Teacher license. This Guide is designed to provide individuals with a “snapshot” of the license requirements by field in an easy to read format.
The Vocational Technical Education Regulations 603 CMR 4.00 and the Guidelines for Vocational Technical Education Programs and Educator Licensure are the basis for this Guide. These documents contain important information that is not included in this Guide such as, the Professional Standards for teachers, administrators and cooperative education coordinators, as well as general provisions for licensure and employment that includes revocation, suspension, limitation, and denial of licenses, etc. The official copies of the Vocational Technical Education Regulations and Guidelines for Vocational Technical Education Programs and Educator Licensure are implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Department does not represent this Guide as a replacement for the official Vocational Technical Education Regulations and the Guidelines for Vocational Technical Education Programs and Educator Licensure.
Chapter 74 Selected Sections & 603 CMR 4.00 Vocational Technical Education Regulations and Guidelines available online at http://www.doe.mass.edu/cte/laws.html. * This document contains copies of the law, regulations and guidelines on which vocational technical educator licensure and Chapter 74 vocational technical education program approval are based.
Chapter 74 Guide for Preliminary Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure Chapter 74 Guide for Initial and Professional Vocational Technical Administrator Licensure*
Chapter 74 Guide for Professional Vocational Technical Educator License Renewal*
The online Educator Licensure & Recruitment system (ELAR), www.mass.gov/ese/licensure, contains full information on vocational technical educator licensure.
Additional references are listed with the requirements for each license field in this Guide.
Required College Degree Credit Courses by Regulation Route
The Vocational Technical Education Regulations requires a total of 39 college degree credits comprised of 21 credits (seven three (3)-credit professional education courses) and 18 credits in English, mathematics and science.
School District Sponsored One-Year Induction/Mentoring Programs
School districts provide induction programs consisting of an orientation, a mentoring relationship, a support team, opportunities for classroom/shop observation and other mentoring activities. Induction programs help the beginning teacher refine practice and understand professional roles and responsibilities that will affect student achievement. TheAppendices contain additional information on induction/mentoring programs.
Primary License vs. Secondary License
If an educator is licensed in more than one field, the educator must designate, upon license renewal, which license field is the primary license field. The primary license field is usually the license field under which the educator is employed. For example, an educator holds a Professional Vocational Technical Teacher license in the carpentry field, and in the facilities management field. He/she teaches carpentry only. Thus, the carpentry license field would be the primary license field. Note that if he/she teaches both carpentry and facilities management, the primary license field would be the one used more than 50%. The determination of the primary license field is important, because for renewal of the primary license field, 150 professional development points (PDPs) must be documented, and for the renewal of each additional (secondary) license field 30 PDPs must be documented.
Professional License Renewal
Once an individual has been granted a Professional Vocational Technical Teacher license, they begin pursuing the professional development that is required for the renewal of the Professional Vocational Technical Teacher license. The requirements for professional development and license renewal are contained in the Chapter 74 Guide for Professional Vocational Technical Educator License Renewal.
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Guide to Professional Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure