Educator licensing update: Commissioner's Determination

The Department of Education has issued, in late December,  guidelines and a request form for a "Commissioner's Determination" on licensure. 

The "determination" process was instituted by the Board of Education in June 2004 to "assist educators who applied prior to recent changes to the regulations and were on track to qualify for a license except that they encountered an extreme hardship or just missed qualifying for a license when the new regulations went into effect." 

Below is the final text, which was amended based on public comment.

7.14: General Provisions
(6) Commissioner's Determination. The Commissioner, for good cause, may determine which specific requirements for licensure set forth in 603 CMR 7.04, 7.05, 7.06, 7.07, 7.09, 7.11, and 7.14 (2) and (3) shall apply and/or be modified for applicants who have submitted evidence that they have either substantially met the requirements for licensure prior to a change in the regulations or that they would have met the requirements but were unable to do so because of extreme hardship. No modification of the requirements will be granted without satisfactory evidence that the applicant has made a good faith effort to complete the requirements for licensure. The Commissioner, at his discretion, may impose reasonable conditions upon any modification granted. The decision of the Commissioner shall be final.

If you believe you may qualify for an educator license under the above provision:

(1) Read the Guidelines carefully.
(2)  Complete the Request Form and send it to DOE; include copies of any documents that are requested or that support your case.
(3) Before sending and to avoid unrelated or unnecessary delays, check your profile on the Department web site to confirm that nothing is missing from your file; for example, transcripts, payment, district verifications as necessary.
(4) Send the form and relevant information to the Department of Education by certified mail, return receipt requested.

A package of additional proposed revisions was approved for public comment in late December 2004 and has just been posted on the DOE Web site at  We will post more specific information on those proposals shortly.