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MELS: Prepared Outside of MA & Obtaining a Supervisor/Director-Core License as My 1st Admin. License

MELS: Prepared Outside of MA & Obtaining a Supervisor/Director-Core License as My 1st Admin. License


Hello and thank you for visiting the Prepared
outside of Massachusetts and Obtaining a Supervisor/Director-Core License as My First Administrator License
component of the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Series often referred to as MELS. For the purpose of this presentation, the
phrase prepared outside of Massachusetts applies to individuals who satisfy any of the following
outside of Massachusetts for a Supervisor/Director license. A state-approved preparation program; An educator
preparation program sponsored by a college or university accredited by a national organization
accepted by the Commissioner; or Possession of a license issued by another state that
is the equivalent to at least an Initial Supervisor/Director license. Throughout this presentation, there will be
references to finding additional information such as guides, forms, and other websites. You can find links to these resources within
the overview located directly beneath this video. When selecting the type of Supervisor/Director
license, please keep the following in mind: A Supervisor/Director license is required
for individuals employed for one-half time or more as a director, department head, or
curriculum specialist in the field and at the grade level of the prerequisite license. For example, employment as a fulltime chair
of the math department would require possession of the Supervisor/Director-Core-Mathematics
license. Please also keep the following in mind: A
Professional license cannot be obtained as your first school administrator license; An
Educator with at least three years of experience under a valid school administrator license
from another state or jurisdiction that is comparable to a Supervisor/Director license
may qualify for a Temporary license; A passing score on both portions of the Communication
and Literacy Skills test is a requirement to obtain an Initial license; however, taking
this test is not required to earn a Temporary school administrator license; If you do not
qualify for a Temporary license, you should be applying for an Initial Supervisor/Director
license as your first administrator license in Massachusetts; Requirements for an Initial
Supervisor/Director license vary considerably depending on associated prerequisite licenses. For example, requirements to earn the Supervisor/Director-Core-Mathematics
license, beyond other things, requires possession of a Mathematics teacher license. Also, keep the following in mind; Massachusetts
participates with every state and the District of Columbia through the NASDTEC interstate
agreement for all school administrator licenses. A Temporary license is valid for one year
of employment. Initial licenses are valid for five years
of employment. As a reminder, if you satisfy one of the three
options on this slide (for example, you completed a New Hampshire State Approved Supervisor/Director
Licensure Program at the University of New Hampshire) this presentation is for you. If you have not satisfied one of these options,
a potential option exists for those with a post-baccalaureate program in management/administration
or at least three full years of employment in an executive, management, leadership, supervisory,
or administrative role. This potential option is known as the Panel
Review. If you are interested in this option, please
visit the Prepared in Massachusetts and Obtaining a Supervisor/Director-Core License as My First
Initial Administrator License component of MELS. Otherwise, let’s continue by taking a closer
look at the Temporary license. Individuals, who have a bachelor’s degree,
hold a valid license in a field and grade level comparable to a Massachusetts Supervisor/Director
license, and have three years of employment in the role of the license may qualify for
a Temporary license. For example, Susan holds a valid Pennsylvania
Supervisory-Mathematics 7-12 license. She was employed fulltime by the Harrisburg,
PA public school district for the past 3 years as a Supervisor of Mathematics grade 7-12. Susan is a good candidate for a Temporary
license. However, please be advised that an individual
who has failed any portion or passed all portions of the Communication and Literacy Skills test
is not eligible for a Temporary Administrator license. In addition, the Department does not consider
a test failed and subsequently passed, as a failed test. A Temporary license is valid for one year
of employment and is nonrenewable. Educators employed under a Temporary license
for one year have a professional responsibility to obtain a Provisional or an Initial license
before starting their next year of employment in the role of the license in a public school
or other setting where possession of the valid license is required by Massachusetts law. We will cover means to satisfy and document
requirements towards the end of this presentation. Again, requirements for Supervisor/Director
licenses vary depending on associated prerequisite licenses. If you are not sure of the specific Supervisor/Director
license, you should be seeking based on a prerequisite license held, please visit the
Which Supervisor/Director Video Should I Visit component of MELS. Otherwise, let’s continue. Routes to Initial licensure exist for those
prepared in Massachusetts, as well as for those prepared outside of Massachusetts. As a reminder, being prepared outside of Massachusetts
involves the successful completion of one of the pathways on this slide. For example, the following school administrators
were prepared outside of Massachusetts: Peter, Peter completed a Pennsylvania State Approved
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Program through Bloomsburg University; Paul, Paul
completed a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Program through Kutztown University. Kutztown University is accredited by the National
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is a national organization
accepted by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education; and Mary, Mary has a MBA and
substantial experience as an executive director. She earned a license that is comparable to
the Massachusetts Supervisor/Director license through the Texas Education Agency. The agency deemed Mary’s education and experience
was at least equal to the educator preparation received through a formal educator preparation
program. Currently, two potential paths exist to obtain
a Supervisor/Director-Core license as your first Initial administrator license in Massachusetts. Individuals who apply and complete all requirements
prior to July 1, 2019, may qualify for a Supervisor/Director-Core license by meeting the requirements in effect
prior to June 27, 2017. Otherwise, those seeking a Supervisor/Director-Core
license must satisfy requirements in effect since June 27, 2017. An overview of requirements in effect prior
to June 17, 2017, include possession of a bachelor’s degree and achieving a passing
score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. In addition, each license requires the following:
Possession of the required prerequisite license at least at the Provisional type; At least
three full years of employment in a leadership, supervisory, teaching, or administrative role
in an educational setting accepted by the Department; A master’s degree in the core
academic subject of the prerequisite license or at least 18 graduate credits in the core
academic subject of the prerequisite license; and Completion of one of the three options
noted on this slide. Individuals seeking a Supervisor/Director-Core
license, with the exception of Supervisor/Director-Core (Art) and Supervisor/Director-Core (Foreign
Language) are also required to possess the SEI Administrator Endorsement or the SEI Teacher
Endorsement. As a reminder, applicants must apply and satisfy
all noted requirements prior to July 1, 2019. Let’s cover an overview of requirements in
effect since June 17, 2017. They apply to anyone who applies on or after
July 1, 2019, and they currently apply to anyone who applies prior to July 1, 2019,
and does not satisfy all of the requirements on the previous slide prior to July 1, 2019. Requirements include possession of a bachelor’s
degree and achieving a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. In addition, each license requires the following:
Possession of the required prerequisite license at least at the Initial or Professional type;
Completion of three years of employment in the role of the prerequisite license; and
Completion of one of the three options noted on this slide. Again, individuals seeking a Supervisor/Director-Core
license, with the exception of Supervisor/Director-Core (Art) and Supervisor/Director-Core (Foreign
Languages) are also required to possess an SEI Teacher Endorsement or the SEI Administrator
Endorsement. Just a quick summary of the difference between
the previously mentioned options to earn a Supervisor/Director Core license as your first
Academic Administrator license. The prerequisite license for those who apply
and satisfy all requirements prior to July 1 of 2019, may be a Provisional license and
a master’s or 18 graduate credits in the core academic subject of the prerequisite license
is required. Otherwise, the prerequisite license must be
at least an Initial license, graduate course work is not required; however, applicants
must have at least three years of employment in the role of prerequisite license. Let’s take a look at ways to satisfy and document
requirements. To document possession of a bachelor’s degree,
applicants should upload an official undergraduate transcript that includes the Registrar’s signature,
verifying a bachelor’s degree conferred along with the conferral date and all coursework
within. The degree must be completed through a college
or university accredited by a recognized organization. Applicants who earn a degree outside of the
United States through a college or university not accredited by a recognized organization
should upload a degree equivalency report made by a nationally recognized agency. Statute requires a bachelor’s degree; therefore,
applicants with graduate degrees still must submit verification of a bachelor’s degree. The testing company submits Communication
& Literacy Skills test results to the Office of Educator Licensure electronically. You can find additional information pertaining
to how to upload documents, recognized accrediting organizations, nationally recognized agencies,
and MTEL through the links contained within the overview located directly beneath this
video. Prerequisite employment may occur in or outside
of Massachusetts. To document prerequisite employment, please
upload a completed School Based Employment Verification/Induction and Mentoring form
or a letter, as noted on this slide, verifying the required employment. You can find the School Based Employment Verification/Induction
and Mentoring form through the link beneath this video. As for a prerequisite license, if you currently
possess the prerequisite license in Massachusetts then the Office of Educator Licensure will
verify that the requirement has been met. A prerequisite license requirement may also
be satisfied through possession of a comparable license from another state or jurisdiction. Therefore, if you are attempting to document
possession of a prerequisite license, please upload a copy of the license. Instead, you may upload a letter signed by
the authorized signatory, written on official letterhead from the issuing authority stating
the field, grade level, and type of the license held. If you cannot obtain either of the aforementioned,
you may upload a copy of the issuing authority’s electronic file verifying the license you
hold, along with the official URL for that file. To document graduate coursework, please upload
official graduate transcripts. Degrees and/or coursework must be through
colleges/universities accredited by a recognized organization. Otherwise, if you completed applicable coursework
outside of the United States, please provide a “course by course” independent evaluation
made by a nationally recognized agency. Please upload an official transcript or official
program completion documentation and an endorsement to verify the completion of either of the
educator preparation programs on this slide comparable to the Initial license sought. Endorsements must specify the field and grade
level(s) of the program you completed. The endorsement may be included on the official
transcript or program completion documentation, in a letter written on official program letterhead
signed by the program administrator, Register, Dean, or Certification/Licensure Officer or
on the Verification of Completion of an Approved Educator Preparation Program Outside of Massachusetts
form. To document possession of a license comparable
to the Massachusetts Academic Administrator license sought, please upload a copy of your
credential. If you are not able to provide a hard copy,
then please upload a signed letter written on official letterhead from the issuing authority
stating the field, grade level, and type of the credential you hold. An authorized signatory must sign this letter. If you are not able to provide either of the
aforementioned documents, please upload a copy of the issuing authority’s electronic
file verifying the credential issued, along with the official URL for that file. Supervisor/directors who supervise or evaluate
core academic teachers who provide sheltered English instruction to English learners should
earn the SEI Teacher Endorsement or SEI Administrator Endorsement. You may earn the SEI Teacher Endorsement through
any of the four following options: 1. Successful completion of a Department-approved
course of study specific to providing sheltered English instruction; The stand-alone course
provider or approved course provider verifies this option electronically. 2. Passing score on the Sheltered English Immersion
test; 3. Possession of a Massachusetts English as a
Second Language or English Language Learners license. This license cannot be a Temporary license
or a Professional license that is invalid; and 4, Possession of a bachelor’s degree in
a major approved by the Department, or other graduate level training approved by the Department. This option is a transcript review and generally
involves the completion of graduate courses completely covering the subject matter knowledge
and skill requirements set forth in the Regulations. You may earn the SEI Administrator Endorsement
through obtaining an SEI teacher endorsement, or through the successful completion of a
Department-approved course of study specific to providing sheltered English instruction. Department-approved course providers verify
this option electronically. You can find additional information about
all options to earn an SEI Endorsement through the SEI link contained within the overview
located directly beneath this video. Please keep the following in mind; An Initial
License is valid for five years of employment. Educators employed under an Initial license
for five years have a professional responsibility to advance the Initial license to a Professional
license before starting their next year of employment in the role of the license in a
public school or other setting where possession of the valid license is required by Massachusetts
law. Thank you for taking the time to learn more
about educator licensure in Massachusetts. Thank you also for being an educator or aspiring
to become one. Your efforts are commendable and greatly appreciated. We hope this component of MELS has been helpful. Please visit other components of the series
for additional information about educator licensure. If you have any questions or concerns please
do not hesitate to call the Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600 or stop by and visit
us in person at our Walk-in Service Counter at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA.

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