State Licensure Requirements
The licensure of educational personnel requires a bachelor’s degree and the completion of a program that has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, with courses and field work that include at least 100 hours of pre-practicum field observations and a supervised student teaching experience or practicum.
In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Education requires satisfactory performance on a test of proficiency in written and spoken English, and on competency examinations in a field of knowledge.
For individuals seeking licensure in Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, the field of knowledge is covered in the General Curriculum Test, which addresses the range of subjects covered in the elementary curriculum.
All candidates must also pass a Foundations of Reading Test. Individuals who have completed such a program and have passed the Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure will be granted “Initial Licensure,” and are eligible to teach in a public school.
Those holding initial licensure have up to five years from the time they are first employed to complete the additional requirements for “Professional Licensure.” These include a master’s degree and successful teaching experience. Professional Licensure is renewable every five years; re-licensure requires the accumulation of “Professional Development Points” and the payment of a fee.