Table of Contents for Licensure Handbook
license in a nutshell
facts about the license
"What 'Route' am I?"
to meet standards
for provisional license
for professional license
can SABES help you?
A - The Standards
B - Short History of the License
available as a 20-page PDF version!
Page 2: Important
facts about the license
law, the license is voluntary, not mandatory. Some
employers might require it of their teacher employees,
but the state cannot force employers to make the license
is only one license for all ABE teachers, regardless
what they are or have been teaching (e.g. math, ESOL,
GED test prep), and no license (yet) for counselors
The professional license is competency based; that is, license-seekers
provide an application packet to DESE and then build
a performance portfolio that shows how they have met
requirements and teaching standards, following the
teacher's knowledge, experience, and training "count"
towards professional licensure. Years in the field, coursework,
teaching experience, staff development training,
and even personal study might be valid evidence of meeting
are four "routes" to the professional license, ranging
from one for new teachers (who will have to pass the
and Literacy Skills Test and the new ABE
Subject Matter Test, perform field-based practica,
and meet all 29 professional or "teaching"
standards) to one for teachers with five or more years
of ABE teaching experience (no test, no practica,
and only eight specified standards to meet).
license-seekers, no matter how many years of experience
and how much knowledge they have gained, must demonstrate
their teaching, through a direct observation by a
qualified observer, a videotaping, or an actual presentation
to a review panel.
is currently no teacher preparation (e.g. college-based)
program for ABE teachers in our state. To prepare
for licenses, for now teachers will work directly
with DESE or the SABES Central Resource Center.
has set up a support system wherein license-seeking
teachers form "cohorts" and work once-a-month
on portfolios together. SABES has found that by setting
aside monthly time and working with peers with SABES
support is much more effective. Each year, SABES recruits
for new cohort members. [Interested? Contact Carey Reid: firstname.lastname@example.org]
website contains most of the information and links
that license-seeking teachers will need, but always
check the DESE
website for the latest official news.
you interested in pursuing the new license? Then
go on to the next page.