Massachusetts Teacher Certification College and School Options

Research teacher certification programs in Massachusetts, which currently has around 60 universities offering these programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two Massachusetts schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Massachusetts schools offer an array of undergraduate and graduate education degree programs designed to prepare students for Massachusetts teacher certification. There are programs for students beginning a career in education, as well as for those who want to teach after years of working in another field.

Students can choose from numerous teaching majors that include early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, mathematics education, special education, science education, literacy education and English as a second language. Most teacher certification programs require a field teaching practicum at a school in Massachusetts.


Boston College

Located on the outskirts of Boston in Chestnut Hill, Boston College offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in education. Both programs incorporate classroom teaching experience and prepare students for certification exams. Students in the bachelor's degree program may focus their undergraduate studies in elementary or secondary education; students must also complete a second major in the School of Arts & Sciences or an interdisciplinary major within the School of Education. The master's degree program is available with concentrations in early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education. Those with a year of teaching experience may also qualify for a master's degree program in reading and literacy teaching.

Boston University

Located in Boston, Boston University's School of Education offers programs that can qualify graduates for Massachusetts teacher certification, and they come with a dual focus on classroom practice and scholarship. Featuring a field teaching practicum at a public school, the bachelor's degree program in education is available with majors in elementary education, bilingual education, early childhood education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, English education, Latin and classical studies, modern foreign languages education and special education.

The 1-year Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching program prepares students for secondary education certification in a selected subject area and also includes a field teaching practicum. Also lasting around one year, the Master of Education program is available with several of the same concentrations as the bachelor's degree program in education. Some of them include early childhood education, mathematics education and science education.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Boston College 4-year, private nonprofit; small city BA in Education,
Master of Education
$55,464*
Boston University 4-year, private nonprofit; large city BA in Education,
MA in Teaching,
Master of Education
$53,948*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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