State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Massachusetts

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Massachusetts has adopted the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.10
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.03
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Educator preparation programs that prepare administrator candidates must align with the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership at the level of an initially licensed administrator. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.03

Source
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Educator preparation programs that prepare administrator candidates must provide a practicum of at least 500 hours that covers the full academic year. State policy provides additional requirements. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.03

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Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Initial License as School Principal, a candidate must:
  • Demonstrate the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership through either 1) completion of an approved master's program that includes a supervised 500 hour practicum or equivalent, 2) completion of a 500 hour administrative apprenticeship/internship with a trained mentor or 3) receiving approval through a panel review
  • Have at least three full years of employment in an executive management or leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching or administrative role in a public school, private school, institution of higher education or another accepted educational setting
  • Hold an Sheltered English Immersion Administrator or Teacher Endorsement
  • Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • Recieve a passing score on the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (MA-PAL).

Note: The commissioner may waive the requirements, with the exception of a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test, for candidates with significant leadership or managerial experience who meet standards through both experience and formal education.
603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.09

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What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants prepared or certified in NASDTEC member states (or other states with which the commissioner has signed an agreement) or prepared by an institution that is nationally-accredited, may be eligible for certification if they have at least one year of administrator experience, receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test and posses a Sheltered English Immersion Administrator or Teacher Endorsement.

Out-of-state applicants with less than one year of experience in the role of the administrator license sought must also receive a passing score on the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (MA-PAL). 
603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.09

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Is there an alternative route to initial certification? In addition to the master's degree pathway, a candidate may fulfill the preparation requirement through a 500 hour administrative apprenticeship/internship with a trained mentor or receive approval through a panel review. The panel review option is limited to candidates who hold a master's degree in management/administration and have three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership, supervisory or administrative role. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.09

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