Middle/Secondary Education, MEd
Master's in Middle/Secondary Education - Teacher Preparation Program for Initial Licensure*
M.Ed. Middle/Secondary candidates for Initial Licensure will complete a 36-credit program in a manner that satisfies the state regulations. Initial licensure is offered in the following disciplines: English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Latin & Classical Humanities, and Spanish. Except for the foreign language content areas, all licenses are for grades 5-8 or 8-12. Foreign language licenses are for grades 5-12.
*Please note that this program of study is subject to modification due to changes in regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Education or university requirements.
All students seeking middle or secondary licensure take the following sequence of courses. This course of study provides a developmental perspective as a starting place, follows with an inquiry into the issues that face contemporary educators and schools, looks at techniques for improving middle and secondary students' reading and writing across the curriculum, and examines research into methods of teaching middle/secondary school subjects. These courses, along with 75 hours of monitored fieldwork, constitute the pre-practicum. The capstone of the program for the initial licensure is the semester-long supervised practicum and the accompanying portfolio.
A full practicum is 14 weeks (one full semester) of supervised student teaching. All candidates for Initial Licensure are required to take the full 6-credit practicum.
Students wishing to do any form of supervised practicum must apply for approval and placement in the semester prior to the one in which the practicum is to take place. Applications are available in the Office of Teacher Education. For a spring semester practicum, the applications are due the previous October 1st; for a fall practicum, they are due the previous March 1st.
Field of Knowledge (Secondary)
Competency I of the state’s regulations for licensure covers the knowledge base that teachers must bring to the classroom. For middle and secondary teachers, this is one of the disciplines taught in middle/high school (e.g., English, History, Spanish, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, etc.). Most commonly, middle/secondary teachers are licensed in the fields in which they hold their B.A. or B.S.