College of Advancing and Professional Studies

Vocational-Technical Instructor Licensure Sequence

Courses - Academic Requirements

The Center offers the following sequence of undergraduate competency-based courses to satisfy the 21-credit requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Education for vocational instructor licensure. These courses focus on how to:

Upon passing the written practical examinations in his or her trade area, an individual is awarded a preliminary license and may be employed for five years as an instructor in a Massachusetts vocational-technical school. Note: A literacy test is required for individuals who seek a vocational-technical license.

To move from a preliminary license to a permanent license, instructors must have:

Additional DOE licensure guidelines are available online at:


The following seven licensure course sequence is strongly suggested. Each course carries three credits.

OCC ED 218 - Seminar for the Beginning Vocational Technical Education Teacher (3 credits)
OCC ED 219 - Managing Student Behavior in a Healthy and Safe Environment (3 credits)
OCC ED 220 - Teaching Methods for Vocational Technical Education - Instructional Strategies (3 credits)
OCC ED 221 - Teaching Methods for Vocational Technical Education - Education and Assessing the Vocational Technical Education Learner (3 credits)
OCC ED 222 - Developing and Implementing a Standards-based Curriculum in Vocational Technical Education (3 credits)
OCC ED 223 - Teaching Methods for Vocational Technical Education - Using Research-based Practices to Develop Effective Instructional Strategies (3 credits)
OCC ED 224 - Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Vocational Technical Education (3 credits)

Academic Requirements

The updated Massachusetts 2003 Regulations also mandate the new Vocational Technical Education Teachers must complete eighteen (18) credits of academic studies. See below for details:

Academic Studies Credits
Three (3) college degree credits English Composition 101 or a higher level required. 3 required
Three (3) college degree credits in a higher level English (oral communication would also be acceptable) such as English Composition 102, Technical Writing, Report Writing, Business Writing, Writing in the Professions, Advanced Writing, Current Themes in Literature. A higher-level English course that is based on the MA English Language Arts Curriculum Framework may be counted. 3 required
Three (3) college degree credits in college mathematics 100 or a higher level (required) such as Mathematics 104, College Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Analytical Geometry I, Math for Engineering technologies, Statistic I 3 minimum
Three (3) college degree credits in college science 100 or a higher level(required) such as Biology I and II, Microbiology, Plane Science, Botany, Zoology, Soil Science, Ecology, Human Health, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Nutrition, Physics. 3 minimum
Six (6) college degree credits in higher level college science and/or mathematics such as Algebra II, Biology II, Calculus. Higher level mathematics and science courses that are based on the MA Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the MA Science & Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework may be counted may be counted. Computer Science courses may be counted toward three of the six college degree credits in science and/or mathematics when a direct correlation exists between the course and the area of vocational licensure, and this correlation is clearly evident through the course description. 6

There are a variety of sources for the course topics outlined above but we can suggest that some of the academic requirements can be met by online courses from UMass Boston. These are:

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