• Master of Education in Middle School Education

    The Master of Education in Middle School Education program at Worcester State University helps you refine your teaching skills and broaden your content area knowledge so that you can excel as an educator in grades 5-8. Designed for teachers with an initial license in middle school education, our Education Department’s well-established program offers an advanced degree in education with a concentration in one of the following subject areas: biology, English, history, humanities, math, or Spanish.

    You’ll be able to advance your career at your own pace: You can complete the program either full- or part-time, and courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms in a range of formats, including in person, online, and hybrid (a mixture of both). What’s more, our highly respected program also is an exceptional value. In fact, students who earn their initial license through WSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Initial Teacher Licensure in Middle or Secondary School Education program can use 4 of those courses toward their M.Ed.

    By taking courses in your subject area as well as in education, you’ll gain a blend of content area expertise and middle school pedagogy that will strengthen your knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. You’ll also conduct research on an issue relevant to your classroom teaching, creating the proposal yourself and carrying out the project under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Graduates of our program go on to rewarding careers as teachers in middle schools across the state. You may use the WSU master’s degree in Middle School Education to further your career advancement—and as a possible pathway to professional educator licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Admissions Requirements

    The Master of Education in Middle School Education for Professional Licensure (content areas in biology, English, history, and Spanish) has been designed to reflect the most current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education "Regulations for Educational Licensure," particularly the aspects dealing with the provisions for more content knowledge. WSU's Education Department, in collaboration with the relevant departments in the liberal arts and sciences that provide the content area courses, prepares students for professional licensure at the middle school (grades 5-8) and secondary school (grades 8-12) levels in biology*, English*, history*, and Spanish.

    In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at WSU, candidates must possess the following attributes:

    • Possession of an initial license in middle school education (grades 5-8) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure
    • Evidence of an undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent/Developmental Psychology with a minimum grade of B or a CLEP exam in Human Growth and Development with a score of 50 or higher
    Program of Study

    This program consists of 13 courses for a total of 37 credits. Six of the courses (18 credits) are in education, while 6 (18 credits) are in the specified content field of licensure. The remaining 1 credit is awarded for completing a program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy, and demonstrating how students have successfully attained the state standards for professional licensure.

    Core Requirements

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 958 Curriculum Development: Middle Schools (3 credits)
    • ED 959 Assessment & Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • ED 963 Understanding/Teaching of Culture (3 credits)

    Content Area Requirements

    • 6 courses from the following areas: Biology, English, History, Math, and Spanish
    • ES 950 Disciplinary, Multimodal, & Critical Literacies Across the Content Areas

    Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements 

    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 994 Thesis Seminar (3 credits)
    • ES 926 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)

    Students have the option of choosing a thesis research topic in education or in their content area.