DESE Educator Licensure Changes - June 2017

In June of 2017 the Board of Elementary & Secondary Education voted to  approve changes to some of the regulations that govern educator licensure.  These licensure changes are intended “to streamline the regulations and licensure system, close loopholes, clarify certain provisions, and reduce regulatory burden.”  The full summary can be found here.  Below are some highlights that I wanted to call to your attention.

Renewing your Primary, Professional License (Pg. 7 of the summary)

Educators renewing a Primary area license on or after July 28, 2017, must earn a minimum of 150 Professional Development Points (PDPs). Here is the breakdown:

(a) At least 15 PDPs in content (subject matter knowledge) 

(b) At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy (professional skills and knowledge)

(c) At least 15 PDPs related to Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language (ESL)

(d) 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

(e) The remaining required 90 PDPs may be earned through any combination of “elective” activities that address other educational issues and topics that improve student learning, additional content, or pedagogy.

Working Under a Preliminary/Provisional License (Pg. 2 of the summary)

Preliminary/Provisional license: To help alleviate some confusion over the Preliminary and Initial license, the Board voted to change the name of the Preliminary license to Provisional. In addition, the Board approved a change related to the validity period of the Provisional license.  Effective July 1, 2019, the maximum amount of time that someone can be employed under a Provisional license will be five years. For example, under the “old” regulations, someone with Preliminary licenses in Biology (8‐12), Chemistry (8‐12) and Physics (8‐12), could have been employed for up to 15 years, five years under each Preliminary license.

As of July 1, 2019, an educator who holds one or more provisional license may be employed under these license(s) for no more than five years in total. The Department is in the process of developing guidelines to assist school districts and educators in understanding the validity period of a Provisional license.  

Educator License Requirements Tool

To see what the requirements are for a particular license, visit the DESE Licensure Requirement website.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sean Walsh

Director of Human Resources

Randolph Public Schools