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The CLIP Program

Cambridge Licensure In-District Program
A Route 3, Teacher of Record, Program for the Initial License

The Cambridge Licensure In-District Program (CLIP) alternate teacher preparation program is limited to current Cambridge Public School (CPS) employees. Teachers and qualified paraprofessionals in CPS have the unique opportunity to apply for the CLIP. Inherent in the design of CLIP is the belief that professional learning should address both new teachers’ needs of growth and competency and district needs to fill high need areas with locally trained teachers. Experienced CPS educators are viewed as the best guides through the professional learning experiences provided in the course of study.

The CLIP Program
CLIP allows teachers with Preliminary Licenses in a variety of fields at the 5-8 or 8-12 grade levels to earn an Initial License while serving as a “teacher of record.” CLIP is a Route 3 district-based, DOE-approved, preparation program for those who have not completed a practicum and related pedagogical study.

  • CLIP provides course work based on the requirements outlined in the Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • CLIP is a collaborative effort of Cambridge Public Schools, the Cambridge Teachers Association, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. All have a strong commitment to having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom in the Cambridge Public Schools.
  • Participants in CLIP will be able to earn graduate credit through Fitchburg State College.
  • Participants must commit to the whole program involving coursework in September through early July. No courses will be offered/required in August.

Initial License Documentation
Upon successful completion of the program, Cambridge Public Schools will send documentation to the Massachusetts Department of Education for the Initial License.


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