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  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Initial Teacher Licensure – Middle or Secondary School Education

    The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Initial Teacher Licensure in Middle or Secondary School Education program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to obtain your initial teacher license in Massachusetts. Our program is designed for recent college graduates with non-education degrees in one of the following content areas: English, history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or Earth sciences. It also is for people with professional or technical experience who are seeking to change careers.

    In classes conveniently offered in the evening and taught by our experienced faculty, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the state-mandated standards for teachers. You’ll then translate theory into practice through hands-on practicum experiences in one of the region’s middle or secondary public schools. In fact, your studies culminate in a semester-long student-teaching practicum under the supervision of a teacher. Or you’ll be supervised by a WSU faculty member at your job site, if you’re employed with a preliminary teacher license.

    At WSU, our Education Department has a long history of teacher education, and graduates of the post-baccalaureate certificate program are ready to meet the challenges of teaching in today’s diverse middle and secondary public schools. Most graduates continue their studies toward professional teacher licensure, and credits earned through this program are easily transferred to WSU’s Master of Education programs in Middle School Education or Secondary Education.

  • Admissions Requirements
    In addition to the general admission 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 a CLEP exam in Human Growth & Development with a score of 50 or higher.

    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.
    Program Details
    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 of Study

    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 of Study

    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