Public comment is open through June 29, 2018 for the Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) requirements for educator licenses.

In you missed our earlier posts, you can see the original SMK link and the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) public comment here.

DESE is proposing changes to licensure requirements. SMKs are the content knowledge teachers are required to demonstrate through coursework and the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). The major change to the SMKs is that impacted teachers would be required to demonstrate only the content included in the student-level curriculum frameworks.

Check out the latest version of the document. And send your comments to DESE by email to or by using the survey tool here.

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