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Massachusetts Teaching Certification Program Overviews

Many Massachusetts schools offer programs that prepare students for teaching certification. The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst has several master's programs in education, while Boston University (BU) offers undergraduate and graduate education programs.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst's Education Programs

UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts System. A 4-year school that educates 26,000 students a year, it's the largest public college in the state that offers teaching certification programs. The UMass Amherst School of Education features several graduate-level teaching degrees in its Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS) Department.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education Collaborative Teacher Education Pathway (CTEP)

Courses in this 10-month program include childhood development, integrated teaching methods, social studies, science and childhood literacy. It's geared toward undergraduates seeking to become certified early childhood or elementary teachers, as well as other professionals who want to transition to teaching.

Master of Education - Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

This 18- to 24-month program provides aspiring middle and high school teachers with the classroom, field and clinical training needed to pursue Massachusetts teaching certification. Students must choose a focus, such as English, political science, mathematics, history or a foreign language.

Master of Education - Reading and Writing

This program focuses on the power of literacy in education, as well as the academic, emotional and social effects of reading and writing. Graduates are prepared for state licensure as reading and writing teachers.

Contact Information

  • Address: 813 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
  • Phone: (413) 545-0111

Boston University's Education Programs

This 4-year, private school educates 31,000 students each year. BU's School of Education offers ten undergraduate concentrations that qualify students for Massachusetts teacher certification. BU also features graduate programs for prospective teachers.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Early Childhood Education

This program, which focuses on teaching pre-kindergarten through third grade, includes general education coursework with an emphasis in liberal arts. Fieldwork is part of the curriculum from the outset, with students working in local schools in their first year and student teaching beginning their junior year.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The elementary education program prepares students to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Coursework includes liberal arts classes and those specific to elementary-aged children.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, aspiring special education teachers are prepared to teach various special needs students, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to 21. Graduates can pursue certification as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities for grades pre-kindergarten through eight, 1-6 or 5-12 and as a teacher for those with severe disabilities, ages 3-21.

Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Education (ESL)

Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching certification for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade or grades 5-12. The curriculum includes liberal arts classes, plus courses focused on curriculum development and literacy studies.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching

This 1-year program prepares those with a bachelor's degree in another area of study to become teachers. Field experience and such classes as child development, classroom systems and assessments are part of the program. Graduates are eligible for certification as middle or high school teachers.

Master of Education in Early Childhood

Teaching pre-kindergarten to grade two is the focus of this program, which includes courses on childhood learning and curriculum development in math, science, reading and the arts. Students complete one semester of fieldwork at the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, which educates up to 20 children, ages 2-5. Graduates are qualified to take the state-licensing exam in early childhood.

Master of Education in Elementary Education

Graduates of this 1-year program, which includes a student teaching experience and 100 hours of fieldwork, are ready to teach grades 1-6. Classes generally begin in the summer, with students prepared for licensing exams by the following summer.

Contact Information

  • Address: Two Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Phone: (617) 353-4233
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