All the information you need to know ahead of making your application to PRPIL

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Are you eligible for PRPIL?

In order to be eligible for PRPIL, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a Massachusetts Provisional (formerly known as Preliminary) non-vocational teaching license.
  2. Have completed three years of teaching under an MA Provisional license .
  3. Have completed 120 hours of educational coursework or training related to the pedagogy of teaching. Please note, for the purposes of this program:
    • A combination of undergraduate/graduate course credits and PDPs can be used to reach the 120 hour requirement.
    • PDPs and coursework must reflect alignment with Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.
    • DESE has determined that all 3 and 4 credit undergraduate/graduate education courses equal 45 hours, regardless of the institution's course hours. Each PDP equals 1 hour.
    • For course credits, please provide a transcript. For PDPs, please provide copies of your PDP certificates or an official list of PDPs from a district administrator.
    • All training hours must be in pedagogy. This includes differentiated instruction, classroom management, skillful teaching, incorporating technology in the classroom, SEI endorsement credits and other pedagogical topics. The training does not need to be subject area specific.
    • [A copy of your undergraduate/graduate transcript does not need to be uploaded, if you did not take an educational course(s).]

  4. Be currently teaching in the subject and grade level of the Provisional license being advanced.
  5. Find a mentor from your school or district who holds an Initial or Professional license in Massachusetts, who holds the same/similar license you are intending to pursue. For example, if the license you are pursing is Biology 8-12, the mentor should hold a license in Biology 8-12. However, if such a mentor is not available in your school or district, we would prefer if your mentor teaches a similar subject (such as Chemistry or Physics) rather than a less similar subject such as Visual Art or History.
  6. Be recommended by your current principal. (See Principal Agreement included in RESOURCE tab of the PRPIL portal)
  7. Hold an SEI Endorsement from DESE (Core Academic Subject teachers only)
  8. Be able to present evidence verifying all subject matter topics listed in the Subject Matter Knowledge for Music document (Music teachers only)
  9. Note - the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education requires validation of field experiences for initial licensure. For the majority of teachers, the hours required are demonstrated in full through uploading their resume. However, some license areas require validation of specific field experiences across multiple settings. If you are pursuing initial licensure in Early Childhood, Teacher (All), Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, or Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities, you are required to provide validation of field experiences in multiple settings. Please see the "Requirements for Field-Based Experience for the Initial License" (part 4 of regulation 603 MCR 7.04) in DESE's Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations for more information about the required field hours, and/or contact us at with any questions about this process.
  10. Evidence of Completing a Mentor/Induction Program, typically obtained from the district in which they worked in their first year of teaching. PRPIL Staff do not have further guidance toward obtaining this evidence.

If you are unsure whether or not you meet the above eligibility requirements, please contact us at We’re here to help.

Program overview

Throughout the PRPIL program, you will work with the support of two experienced educators: a mentor chosen by you, and an Instructional Consultant recruited and trained by Class Measures.

You, your mentor, and Instructional Consultant will work together to complete a total of five classroom observations (three announced observations with the Instructional Consultant and two unannounced observations with the mentor). The program is managed through a portal where you will also be able to compile an ePortfolio. ePortfolios include a reflection for each of the four standards and two pieces of hard evidence for each selected element as well as several required forms. The goal is to demonstrate that you are exhibiting competence in the standards through your regular classroom teaching.


Roles of your Mentor and Instructional Consultants

Your Mentor will already hold an Initial or Professional license and will be a teacher of high-quality standing who has received the support of your principal. Their role is to provide you with general support, guidance and feedback as needed.

Your Mentor will participate in all 3-way meetings; will conduct 2 unannounced observations (virtual or in-person) including verbal and written feedback; will work with your Instructional Consultant to agree formative and summative ratings; and sign all required forms at the end of the program, assuming all parties agree that you should be endorsed for Initial licensure.

NB: Mentors receive 20 PDP points on your completion of the program.

Your Instructional Consultant trained by Class Measures will be an experienced educator and/or administrator with a minimum of three years teaching experience, and hold a Professional license in Massachusetts, at least a Master’s Degree and/or National Board Certification. They are there to observe a teacher’s ability to demonstrate competence in a selection of elements from the Professional Standards for Teachers using the Candidate for Assessment of Performance Process (CAP).


Classroom observations

Your Instructional Consultant and mentor will each observe you five times in your classroom, virtually or in person. Observations are one class period in length and are each based on specific standards based on the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP).

The three Instructional Consultant observations are announced, and the mentor’s two observations are unannounced.


ePortfolio guidelines

All teachers in PRPIL are required to compile an ePortfolio of evidence demonstrating competence in a selection of elements from the professional standards for teachers. At the end of the program, your ePortfolio is submitted to Class Measures via the portal for review.


Sample timeline

Most teachers complete the program in 4-6 months, but you can advance at your own pace

Program cost and payment options

The following information applies to all applicants with effect from August 1st 2020.


Application Fee: $75.00 due with submission of the PRPIL application.

Program Fee: $2,400.00

All program costs are non-refundable.



The following program fee payment options are available to all teachers.

Payment Option 1: Full amount is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice. Invoices are issued after acceptance.

Payment Option 2: Six monthly payments of $400.00

For a full schedule of payment dates for the Spring and Fall intakes, please see the Payment and Deadlines page

A $25.00 late fee will be added for every 30 days past due.

Please note: Full payment must be received prior to Class Measures providing endorsement to the DESE.

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You will be contacted by email when your application has been reviewed. This may take up to two weeks.