Prospective teachers in Massachusetts must secure licensure, which requires at least a bachelor's degree, passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) and completion of an educator preparation program. Students can find teacher certification programs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education and other areas at many 4-year colleges and universities across the state. Secondary education students usually major in a chosen field of study, such as biology, English or math, while students in some elementary education programs can get dual certification in special education or English as a second language (ESL) education. In addition to completing core education and specialization courses, students in teacher training programs can expect to complete classroom observations and student teaching experiences.
Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill. Aspiring teachers can choose from elementary or secondary education programs, which each lead to a bachelor's degree in a specialty area and initial teacher licensure in Massachusetts.
Students in the elementary education program become prepared to teach a diverse body of students, including those with or without disabilities in K-6 schools. Elementary education students are required to major in an interdisciplinary, specialty or human development program.
Secondary education students have the option to major in Latin and classical humanities, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, English, history, mathematics, French or Spanish. Students are required to take courses in adolescent development, teaching reading, teaching diverse populations, writing and classroom assessment, in addition to specialization courses.
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Boston University, located in Boston, offers education programs in bilingual education, deaf studies, early childhood education, elementary education and special education. Programs are also available in specific fields, such as English, Latin and classical studies, mathematics, modern foreign languages and social studies. Graduation from Boston University's teacher education programs meet the education requirements for initial Massachusetts teacher licensure.
One of the bachelor's degree programs offered is in early childhood education. Students in this program receive a liberal arts education in addition to taking education courses and receiving hands-on experience working with children. Students also have to option of applying to an international program where students may receive teacher placement in Australia, Ecuador or England. The school's bachelor's degree program in elementary education is another option, and it provides students with the option to seek dual licensure in elementary and special education or elementary and ESL education.
The university also offers graduate study in education that leads to a master's degree in teaching and licensure in either preschool, elementary, middle or secondary schools. Students are instructed in curriculum and teaching methods, and the fieldwork practicum includes placement in suburban and urban schools. Students entering the program in the fall may begin teaching in only one year.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| BA in Elementary Education
BA in Secondary Education
|Boston University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| BA in Early Childhood Education
BA in Elementary Education
MA in Teaching
| $48,436 (undergrad)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.