Massachusetts is fortunate to have a unique mechanism for professionalizing the field and strengthening educator practice through the ABE License. Through our well-planned and blended system of support, we hope to encourage more teachers to undertake what can be an inspiring experience to deepen their knowledge and improve their practice.

The SABES Program Support PD Center provides support to license seekers in addressing the standards required for portfolio development and submission in the areas of Understanding the Adult Learner, Instructional Design and Teaching Approaches, and Learner Assessment and Evaluation. We also support license-seekers in preparing their demonstration of teaching.

To support License-seekers, we have developed a hybrid professional development model beginning with eight online modules that are designed to walk you through each step of the process to submit a portfolio. This is complemented by customized, individual coaching by educators with specialized experience and expertise in obtaining the License.

To begin the process or for more information, please contact Program Support PD Center Director

Professional Licensure Support : Resources, Research and Curriculum


The ABE License for teachers is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The SABES Program Support PD...


Applicants for the Massachusetts ABE Teacher License need to submit this Class Profile form with the demonstration of teaching video. Please contact...


This lesson plan, shared by Allison Reid, is an example of a lesson plan that responds to portfolio documentation needed to support Standards c(5), c...

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