• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Secondary Education

    The CAGS program in Secondary Education is designed for Middle and High School teachers and curriculum leadership who already have a Master’s degree in Education or a Master’s in a field related to their teaching license. This program provides students with the opportunity to focus on advanced graduate study in secondary education with a disciplinary focus. Although this program is not a pre-approved road to professional licensure, students may – with the approval of DESE–utilize this program for their own personal and professional career goals.

    In addition to the general admission requirements, candidates for the CAGS program in Secondary Education will be required to meet the competencies established by the graduate program for all candidates seeking a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study through Worcester State University. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate evidence of an earned Master of Education or Master’s in Related Field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Program of Study
    This program consists of a minimum of ten (10) courses for a minimum of thirty (30) graduate credits, which are selected with the approval of the program coordinator. There is one course in the philosophical, sociological, or cultural foundations of education; two or three courses in secondary education areas such as curriculum, assessment, leadership and/or instruction; four or five courses in a disciplinary focus such as Math, History, Biology, English, Spanish, Reading, or Language and Culture; one course in research methods; and a three to six credit research project. At the conclusion of the program, students will select a portfolio or comprehensive exam option with the approval of the program coordinator.

    Requirements of the Program
    1. Minimum of 30 credits plus Comprehensive Exam or Professional Portfolio (2 credits)
    2. Education Foundations (3 cr.)
    3. Secondary Education (6-9 cr.)
    4. Disciplinary Focus (12-15 cr.)
    5. Research Design and Methodology (3 cr.)
    6. Research Project (3-6 cr.)

    Comprehensive Exam in Secondary Education or Professional Portfolio (2 cr.) 

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