Post Baccalaureate Certificate (Initial Licensure)
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to become a secondary level (grades 8-12) teacher of Biology, English, History or Mathematics, may complete a post baccalaureate certificate program. Students seeking a master’s degree and Initial Licensure may choose to pursue the MAT in Biology or the MAT in History instead. Once a student has completed all requirements for professional and content specific courses, they will be eligible for endorsement in their selected field through Fitchburg State University.
Requirements And Curriculum
Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
Passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy test
Passing scores on the MTEL history subject matter test (Post Baccalaureate in History applicants only)
Required Courses *
|BIOL/HIST/ENGL/MATH 7015 Introduction to Strategies for Effective Teaching in the Content Area (25 hour pre-practicum)||3 S.H.|
|ENGL 8076 Creating Literacy Experience: Building Reading and Writing into the Content Area (25 hour pre-practicum)||3 S.H.|
|SPED 7709 The High School Environment: Challenges in Educating Students with Disabilities (10 hour pre-practicum)||3 S.H.|
|Special Methods (25 hour pre-practicum)||3 S.H.|
|Practicum (full-time, full semester commitment)||6 S.H.|
Total for certificate
*Courses missing (if any) in the subject area (Biology, English, History or Mathematics) that are equivalent for the major as determined by the transcript review are required to be completed as identified in the undergraduate program. Pedagogy courses can be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level if the equivalent course is offered.
Massachusetts public school secondary education teacher (Grades 8 -12) in the following content areas: Biology, English, History, or Mathematics
“Fitchburg State offers personalized advising and education which is vital when trying to manage the complicated waters of Masters Degree work on a part-time basis. The advising I received was instrumental in my efficiently completing the program within one year of my start date. Classes are small and offer an exceptional blend of content and real-world instruction that allow you to take them and apply them in your own classroom or workplace.”–Chris Kyne, 2007
HOW TO APPLY
Contact Admissions Office: (978)665-3144, email@example.com
Attend our Distinguished Speaker Series
at a Glance
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.
Admissions Requirements (PDF)
Face-to-face and online courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.
While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.
Suggested sequence of courses (PDF)
MA public school teacher (Grades 8 -12): Biology, English, History, or Mathematics
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