May 26, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Education: Middle/Secondary Education with Initial Licensure (Graduate Certificate)

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Graduate Certificate with Initial Licensure: Middle/Secondary Education

Students in the Initial Licensure Certificate: Middle/Secondary program will complete a 27-credit program divided into four cores of coursework and related requirements. For all licenses except middle school humanities and middle school math/science, the certificate will consist of 27 credits; for those two licenses, which require two discipline-specific methods courses each, the certificate will consist of 30 credits.

Core I: Curriculum Core (9–12 credits)

Courses may be taken in any order within the core. Students take four of the five courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Core II: Pre-Practicum Core (6–15 credits)

Students must have passed the Communication and Literacy MTEL and taken the MTEL applicable to their subject area(s).

Required Course

This course is required for all middle/secondary initial licenses.

Subject License Requirement

For middle and secondary school subject licenses, choose from the following relevant to the subject to be taught (3–6 cr., at least 75 pre-practicum hours.)

Core III: Practicum Core (6-9 credits)

Students must have passed the MTEL applicable to their subject area(s) and completed their 75 pre-practicum hours.

Required Course


For middle and secondary school subject licenses, choose the practicum and the grade levels of the licensure sought.

Field of Knowledge (Middle/Secondary):

Competency I of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s regulations for licensure specifies the knowledge base that teachers must bring to the classroom. For teachers of subject areas, this is one of the disciplines taught in middle or high school. Most commonly, teachers are certified in the academic major in which they hold their BA or BS.

Admission Requirements

Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate studies programs in the “Admissions” section of this publication and the “Special Instructions for Applicants to Individual Programs” section of the application for admission to graduate study.

Please be advised that school prepractica and practica placement typically require a CORI.

Admission is recommended for those applicants who present evidence of their ability to do graduate work with distinction. Such evidence will normally include:

  • A distinguished undergraduate transcript, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00;
  • Evidence of satisfactory grades in the major discipline (for middle/secondary education applicants, at least 3.00 in the discipline[s] to be taught);
  • Two or three positive and informed letters of recommendation submitted by persons who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s potential success both as a graduate student and as a teacher. One such letter must be from someone who has been the applicant’s instructor in a college course.
  • For all licensure tracks, submission of MTEL scores, as detailed in the “Academic & Administrative Policies” section of this publication.
  • The completion of a written statement demonstrating writing proficiency and including the following information:
  1. the applicant’s specific professional goals;
  2. the applicant’s reasons for wanting to become a teacher at the specific level and/or in the specific field for which licensure is being sought;
  3. a statement showing the fit between the applicant and the College of Education and Human Development’s basic goal of preparing thoughtful and responsive educators committed to change for social justice. Describe experiences or values that have prepared you to become such an educator.
  4. the applicant’s philosophy of education and thoughts about contemporary schools and current movements in education.


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