Many institutions in Massachusetts offer undergraduate and graduate programs in teaching and education, including programs that lead to initial teacher licensure and those that prepare graduates for positions in curriculum and instruction or for educational research roles. Initial teacher licensure programs usually lead to bachelor's or master's degrees and allow students to focus on a grade level, subject area or special education area. Such programs usually include student teaching, and graduates have to take state licensure exams to work as teachers. Specialty programs in curriculum and instruction or educational research usually lead to a master's degree or doctorate, and teacher licensure is usually a prerequisite for admission.
In operation for 100 years, Northeastern University in Boston has a School of Education with a variety of teaching programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. The school's cooperative teaching program was noted by U.S. News and World Report to be one of the most innovative in the county.
Undergraduates possessing associate's degrees can enroll in the Bridge to Teaching program in which they earn a Bachelor in Liberal Studies, as well as the right to quickly enter the teaching workforce of Massachusetts. Students must still pass the initial teacher licensure exam given by Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Master's degree programs are available in elementary and secondary teaching. The elementary teaching program features a curriculum that includes a hands-on student teaching experience and a course load that can be completed in 12 months. The secondary teaching program covers diverse teaching environments in Massachusetts and culminates with a supervised teaching practicum.
With over 14,000 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, Boston College, located in Boston, is one of the largest schools in Massachusetts to offer teaching programs. Students can earn bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the school.
The school offers bachelor's degree programs in elementary education and secondary education. The elementary education program prepares students to teach non-disabled children up through grade six. Students are required to structure a curriculum with a secondary discipline, such as human development. The secondary education program features arts and science core electives that can be suited to prepare students to teach the subjects of biology, Spanish, history, physics, math, English, geology, French, chemistry and the classical humanities.
Graduate students can earn master's degrees in teaching or curriculum and instruction, as well as pursue doctorates in curriculum and instruction. Graduates of the master's in teaching programs earn licensure to teach grades 9-12 in specialty areas, such as chemistry, mathematics, Latin and English. The curriculum and instruction master's program allows students to focus on early childhood, English, mathematics, science, history or elementary educational curricula, with a variety of cross-disciplinary themes. Students pursuing the doctorate learn about special needs students, school success improvement amongst different cultures and how teachers themselves learn new things.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Northeastern University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city|| BS in Liberal Studies: Bridge to Teaching,
MA in Elementary Teaching,
MA in Secondary Teaching
|Boston College||4-year, private nonprofit; small city|| BA in Elementary Education,
BA in Secondary Education,
MA in Teaching,
MS in Teaching,
Master of Education in Teaching,
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction,
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
Source: *NCES College Navigator