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Secondary School Education (Grades 8-12) Initial Teacher Licensure Program
The Worcester State University Education Department offers the initial licensure in secondary school education (grades 8-12). The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is embedded in the program at various stages and must be passed for completion of the program and licensure.Fieldwork accompanies most education courses and is a necessary component of the program. Student pre-practicum experiences include a wide variety of field settings. Students attend different and varied schools in urban, rural, and suburban settings. They also vary their placements and grade levels in different school buildings within districts to insure a well-rounded experience.The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers initial licensure programs in the following areas in cooperation with the liberal arts and sciences departments in the Worcester State University education program.
For required courses in these areas, students should consult their liberal arts/science advisor.Admission RequirementsUndergraduate students planning to minor in secondary school education will progress through a 3-stage process. Each stage must be completed satisfactorily prior to passage to the next stage. Students will major in liberal arts and science content areas that they intend to teach.Stage I: Secondary Education Minor
Stage II: Admission into Secondary School Education Minor
Stage III: Secondary Education Minor – Practicum
Additional information regarding formal application into student teaching is available from the Education Department.Regulations for teacher licensure are currently under review by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a result, the Education Department major and minor programs may be subject to change at any time.