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  • Graduate Certificates and Licensures

    If you share the motivations of the working professionals who study at Worcester State University—to perform well at work, to maintain a high-quality personal life, and to boost your career trajectory with additional education—you face a daily balancing act. We get it. We know that an advanced certificate must provide maximum value for your investment, and we understand the challenges of fulfilling these multiple objectives. That’s why we offer convenient, affordable, and well-respected certificate and licensure programs designed with all your needs in mind.

    Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
    Whether you hold a Master of Education degree or a master’s in a related field, our 4 education-oriented advanced certificate programs will enable you to specialize in an area of particular interest or opportunity.

  • Leadership and Administration in Education CAGS

    Our Leadership and Administration program will position you to advance in your K-12 career. Through our innovative, action-research approach, you will develop the skills and confidence of a forward-thinking problem solver. You also will hone the ability to identify and facilitate the interconnections among Massachusetts’ state standards in four key areas:

    • Family and Community Professional Culture
    • Instructional Leadership
    • Management and Operations

    To qualify for admission into this 32-credit program, you must have earned your master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, possess an initial license in school administration, and successfully complete our 1-year induction program with a WSU mentor.

    Reading CAGS
    If you are a reading specialist, you can expand your professional qualifications through Worcester State’s CAGS in Reading. Our advanced course of study gives you a thorough grounding in major theories and trends in reading and language arts instruction. The program also builds on your existing knowledge and experience in these areas to deepen your grasp of educational research and state-of-the-art technologies.
    To qualify for admission, you must have earned your master’s degree and hold Massachusetts licensure as a reading specialist.
    School Psychology CAGS
    If your goal is to obtain a school psychologist credential in Massachusetts, you will need the official Institutional Endorsement available through Worcester State’s School Psychology CAGS. Our 3-year program is a specialist-level course of study that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. 
    Secondary Education CAGS
    If you are a middle- or high-school teacher or a curriculum leader looking for advanced graduate study in secondary education with a disciplinary focus, you can expand your knowledge through our CAGS in Secondary Education. Although this program is not a pre-approved road to professional licensure, you may enroll to advance your personal and professional career goals—with the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    To qualify for admission, you must have earned your master’s degree in education or a master’s degree in a field related to your teaching license.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher License
    At Worcester State University, we offer 3 teacher licensure programs designed for professionals currently working in a school setting, as well as for those who are changing careers.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
    Our program focuses on developing theoretical understanding and knowledge of best practices for providing academically challenging and responsible instruction to English Language Learners (ELLs). We prepare you to help ELLs pursue academic content instruction in English more effectively. Your course of study will include a 32-credit curriculum and a capstone field practicum teaching ESL in classes for grades Pre-K to 6 or for grades 5 to 12.
    Upon completion of the program, you will be capable of working with core grade-level curriculum with English as a Second Language in a variety of program models of current pedagogies. You also will be well versed in strategies for beginning to intermediate reading and writing skills in English.
    Middle/Secondary School Teaching
    If you plan to teach in a middle or high school, grades 5-8 or 8-12, respectively, our middle/secondary licensure program will prepare you for the 6 pedagogical or educational practice competencies. Our program features 2 field experiences—a 75-hour guided school observation (pre-practicum) and a 150-hour student-teaching experience in the middle/secondary grades (practicum). It also includes a teaching practicum seminar course that you will take simultaneously with your practicum. 
    Moderate Disabilities Teaching
    Whether you are a working teacher or new to the profession, you can obtain initial licensure in moderate disabilities through Worcester State’s post-baccalaureate program. This course of study includes 18 credits of study and a 3-credit practicum. Upon completion, you will receive a license for either grades Pre-K to 8 or grades 5 to 12.