ACADEMICS

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Initial Teacher License in Middle or Secondary School Education 

    Program Coordinator: William Downey
    Phone: 508-929-8663
    Email: wdowney@worcester.edu

    This program is designed for individuals seeking an Initial License in middle school education (5-8)or secondary school education (8-12) in one of the following content areas only:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • General Science (5-8)
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science/Political Philosophy
    • Spanish (5-12)

    Admissions Requirements
    One of the requirements for an initial license is demonstrated knowledge in the content area. Thus, candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the chosen content area. A preliminary license in the desired content area or a passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in the content area is also acceptable for admission to the program if a candidate holds a bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Sciences or an inter-disciplinary major.

    In addition to the content area MTEL, candidates for this program must also pass the Communication and Literacy Skills test.

    An undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent Development/Psychology is a pre-requisite for stage 3 of the program; or CLEP exam in Human Growth & Development (score of 50+).

    Candidates may be required to take additional courses in the content area. After reviewing the student’s undergraduate transcript(s) and MTEL scores, the program coordinator will determine if the student must take additional content courses.

    Coursework

    Courses in this program prepare middle and secondary school teachers to demonstrate competency in the five professional standards for teachers as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These are: planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, classroom management, promoting equity, and meeting professional responsibilities. Each course addresses specific standards, while the entire program prepares candidates for the challenges of responding to the needs and developmental characteristics of middle and secondary school students.

    This program also has a field-based component: 75 hours of pre-practicum fieldwork involving guided school observation, and a practicum (student teaching) experience of 300 clock hours in a middle or secondary school classroom under the supervision of a teacher and a university faculty member. The 75 hours of pre-practicum fieldwork is completed over three pre-practicum courses. The practicum/student teaching experience is a full semester-long experience. The practicum can be completed at the candidate’s school where he/she is employed as the practicing teacher of record. A seminar course is offered concurrently with the teaching practicum to provide students the opportunity for reflection and shared experiences.

    It is recommended that the courses in the program be taken in sequence.

    Secondary School Program Requirements:

    Stage 1
    • ED 949 American Education Context or Influences (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ED 973 Instructional Design and Evaluation (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ED 901 Using Technology in the Classroom 3 credits
    Stage 2
    • ED 909 RETELL: Best Practices for English Language Learners (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ES 925** Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and Management Techniques (5-12) 3 credits

    **(pre-requisite course of ED 949)

    Stage 3 (full-time experiential semester; courses taken concurrently)

    • ES 911 Teaching Practicum 5 credits
    • ES 908 Teaching Practicum Seminar 3 credits

    Minimum Graduate GPA of 3.0
    Total Credits: 23

    *25 hours of classroom observation required

    Middle School Program Requirements:

    Stage 1
    • ED 949 American Education Context or Influences (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ED 957 Instructional Design and Evaluation (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ED 901 Using Technology in the Classroom 3 credits
    Stage 2
    • ED 909 RETELL: Best Practices for English Language Learners (pre-practicum course*) 3 credits
    • ES 925** Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and Management Techniques (5-12) 3 credits

    **(prerequisite course of ED 949)

    Stage 3 (full-time experiential semester; courses taken concurrently)

    • ES 911 Teaching Practicum 5 credits
    • ES 908 Teaching Practicum Seminar 3 credits

    Minimum Graduate GPA of 3.0
    Total Credits: 23

    *25 hours of classroom observation required

    MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education information:
    www.doe.mass.edu
    www.mtel.nesinc.com