Massachusetts – State Information

MEA President: Cecil Adderley
Advocacy Leadership Force member: John Mlynczack
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/6/2021
Adjourns: 12/31/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines  
Governor Charlie Baker (R)
Joint Education Committee Chairs

CHAIR: Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Paul F. Tucker (D)

Partisan Split House:  D     Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 617-722-2356
Senate Secretary Contact 617-722-1276
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Jeffrey Riley

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Simone Lynch, Director of Federal Grant Programs, 781-338-
Title IV Director None listed
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Appears to be school year based, so likely due in Fall


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

MA Music Vocal/Instrumental/
All levels
Initial (5-year)
Professional (5-year)
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Communication & Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Music None No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; MTEL exams only $100 application ? June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

By August 10, districts and charter schools must finalize their return-to-school plans for in-person, hybrid and remote learning, submit them to the state department of education, and release them publicly. The state’s Return-to-School Working Group is prioritizing in-person learning.

Title IV Success Stories