Online PD Courses for teachers in Massachusetts (MA)
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How do I renew a teaching license in Massachusetts to be recertifed?
Massachusetts state laws govern the process of license renewal (also known as recertification) and define in the License Renewal Guidelines and outline the License Renewal Application with steps for ongoing professional development through the completion of an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP), aligned with school and district improvement plans. DESE requires that all public and highly recommends that private school educators seek approval of an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) to ensure that the professional development activities in the plan are consistent with their school and district goals. Teachers Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). Teachers may use one plan to satisfy both license renewal and educator evaluation requirements in Massachusetts. ConnectedPD.com has professional development, continuing education and staff development for schools.
According to the state, ESE does NOT keep records of PDPs. It is the educator’s responsibility to keep records of PDPs and PD verification for 5 years from date applying to renew.
Only PDPs earned after the previous expiration date are eligible. Activities older than five years from the date of application may not be counted.
(1) Teachers applying to renew a license are required to complete at least 150 PDPs including:
(a) At least 15 PDPs related to SEI, English as a Second Language (ESL ELL), or Bilingual Education. Under recertification regulations every public school educator in the Commonwealth must earn 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners in each relicensure cycle.
(b) At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.
(c) At least 15 PDPs in the content area of the license.
(d) At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy.
(2) A minimum of 10 PDPs must be earned in a topic to count the PDPs toward license renewal.
(3) Professional development plans must include an additional 30 PDPs for each license that an educator renews in addition to the Primary License, with at least 15 PDPs in the content area(s) of any additional license(s) to be renewed.
(4) For graduate course work, each credit = 22.5 PDPs.
How do I contact the MA State Department of Education?
Contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
The information and courses listed on this page are presented as of January 1st, 2020. Please note that state licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is the responsibility of each teacher to know their licensing requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional development and licensing requirements. Professional Learning Board does not guarantee acceptance by your school, district or licensing authority.