Massachusetts Teaching Certification Program Overviews

Feb 25, 2019

Research teaching certification programs in Massachusetts, which currently has roughly 48 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

Teaching Certification in Massachusetts

Universities in Massachusetts offer teacher education programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels, preparing students for state certification. Aspiring Massachusetts teachers will find that the following two schools offer a variety of programs. Learn about the areas of specialization, degree levels and student teaching requirements at these schools.

  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst, centrally located in the state, offers master's degrees leading to certification in early childhood/elementary, secondary and reading/writing education. The university also offers specialist and doctoral programs in education for advanced students.
  • Boston University, located near the Atlantic coast, offers the following degree programs, among others: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics & Mathematics Education, Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Education (ESL), Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Early Childhood, Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Bilingual Education/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics, Master of Education in Special Education.

Comparison of Schools

Beyond comparing degrees and program requirements, many other factors should be considered when choosing the right school. The following table explores school details and statistics, including tuition charges, student population numbers and admission rates.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst Boston University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, non-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,340* 33,355*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $15,411 (in-state)*
$33,477 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 89%* 55%*
Acceptance Rate 58% (2017)* 25% (2017)*
Retention Rate (2017) 91%* 93%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 77%* 87%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts System. A 4-year school that educates over 30,000 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 Department.

Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS)

The College of Education offers Master of Education degrees through concentrations that exemplify best practices in the preparation of educational practitioners.

Bilingual, English as a Second Language, and Multicultural Education

This program is for teachers who want to work in K to 12 second language and multicultural education programs.

Child Study and Early Education

This program provides preparatory instruction in early childhood education (birth-5 years).

Elementary Teacher Education

This program is for individuals who want to work in elementary classrooms as teachers, curriculum specialists, and team leaders.

Reading and Writing

This program provides training for educators who teach reading and literacy education.

Secondary Teacher Education

Secondary teacher educators are prepared in their subject matter areas. This can include history, science subjects such as physics, chemistry, and biology, English, social sciences, math, and foreign languages such as French and Spanish. Depending on their educational backgrounds, students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst can choose from several licensure programs.

Boston University

This 4-year, private school educates over 33,000 students each year. BU's School of Education offers over fifteen undergraduate concentrations that qualify students for Massachusetts teacher certification. BU also features graduate programs for prospective teachers. The education degree programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

Bachelor of Science 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 children in first 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 four to 21. Graduates can pursue certification as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities for grades pre-kindergarten through eight, or 5 to 12, and as a teacher for those with severe disabilities, ages 3 through 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 to 12. The curriculum includes liberal arts classes, plus courses focused on curriculum development and literacy studies.

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 to 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 with a student teaching experience and 120 hours of fieldwork are prepared to teach grades 1 to 6. This program prepares students for initial licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Mathematics

This program is designed for students who have a degree in mathematics and are interested in receiving initial licensure to teach in middle and high school settings.

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