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Education, 5-12 (MEd, initial licensure, hybrid)

Become a teacher with our initial licensure M.Ed. program in Education 5-12.
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Degree Overview

The Education, 5-12 (Initial Licensure) degree offers four licensure options; English, history, general science and mathematics, and is designed for individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree in the field of English, history, science, mathematics, or a degree in a closely related area, and wish to obtain an Initial Teaching License (grades 5-12) in their content area. In addition, candidates who earn an Initial License in one of the Education content areas may apply for and obtain an Initial License in another content area by passing the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). The program meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs). The program is cohort-based, and begins each fall semester with the foundational course, EDUC 7116 Becoming a Teacher.

Requirements and Curriculum


2020-2021 Dates to be Announced - Check website 

Graduate Handbook

2020- 2021

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • MTEL in content area (the number indicates the exam that is required):
    MTEL: English (07)
    MTEL: General Science (10)
    MTEL: History (06)
    MTEL: Mathematics (47) or (09)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution, if applicable
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


Low-residency hybrid courses offered fall, spring and two summer sessions.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2.5 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

  • 7-week course schedule rotation (except for Educational Research, offered 100 % online over the summer sessions)
  • hybrid format
  • low-residency requirement
  • no MAT or GRE required
  • competitive pricing
  • CAEP/NCATE accredited
  • NEASC approved
  • program meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs)
  • state approved for licensure endorsement

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program and endorsement for initial licensure, the candidate is eligible to teach in private and public school settings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the initial level.

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