Practicum

PRACTICUM FOR THE MASSACHUSTTS INITIAL LICENSE
In most cases, students are considered eligible for the practicum once they have successfully completed all prerequisite courses or when they take such courses concurrently. A candidate's eligibility for and enrollment in the practicum will be determined by the Special Education Program Director based upon:

  1. A review of the student's transcript, existing teacher licensure, and professional experience;
  2. Successful performance in required graduate courses, and;
  3. Evidence of passing scores on all of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for the Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

The practicum is a semester-long (i.e., 14-week) commitment governed by criteria outlined in the state regulations. Accordingly, candidates must complete at least three (3) weeks, if not all of the practicum in an inclusive classroom setting. They must be prepared to spend full days at the practicum site(s) during the practicum semester.

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FOR MASSACHUSETTS PROFESSIONAL LICENSE
Students are considered eligible for the performance assessment once they have successfully completed all prerequisite courses or when they take such courses concurrently. A candidate’s eligibility for and enrollment in the practicum will be determined by the Special Education Program Director based upon:

  1. A review of the student’s transcript, existing teacher licensure, and professional experience (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires at least three (3) years of teaching experience under the Initial License in order to be eligible for a Professional License);
  2. Successful performance in required graduate courses;
  3. Evidence of passing scores on all of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for the Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

The performance assessment is a semester-long (14-week) commitment governed by criteria outlined in the State regulations. Accordingly, candidates must complete a portion, if not all, of the performance assessment in an inclusive classroom setting. They must be prepared to spend full days at the teaching site(s) during the semester.

For information concerning Commonwealth of Massachusetts educator licensure, contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000
www.doe.mass.edu