• Secondary School Education

    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.

    • Teacher of English (8-12)
    • Teacher of History (8-12)
    • Teacher of Political Science (8-12)
    • Teacher of Mathematics (8-12)
    • Teacher of Chemistry (8-12)
    • Teacher of Biology (8-12)
    • Teacher of Earth Science (8-12)
    • Teacher of Health/Family and Consumer Sciences (5-12)
    • Teacher of Spanish (5-12)

    For required courses in these areas, students should consult their liberal arts/science advisor.

    Admission Requirements
    Undergraduate 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

    1. Students must complete EN 102 English Composition II with a grade of C or higher.
    2. Students must complete 15 semester hours in the subject major.
    3. Students must submit a Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) application and be approved prior to beginning observations for education courses. No student is allowed to do fieldwork unless approval of the CORI has been received from the state. Before completion of ED 149, students must be fingerprinted through the Massachusetts designated agency (MorphoTrust USA IdentoGO). Additional information regarding fingerprinting is available in the Education Department.
    4.  Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
      • ED 149 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (5 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 207 The Adolescent in School and Society
      • ED 251 Principles of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Middle and High School (15 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 270 Diversity and Multicultural Education (20 hours fieldwork)
    5. Students must have received a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills Test.
    6. Any departure from the prescribed program of study for teacher licensure must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

    Stage II: Admission into Secondary School Education Minor

    1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage I requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission into the secondary school education minor. The application must include MTEL test results and transcripts of all previous coursework. Approval by the Education Department is necessary for a student to progress to Stage II.
    2. During Stage II, students must complete all of the following courses with a Grade of C+ or higher and earn cumulative GPA of 2.7. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses:
      • ED 304 Best Practices for English Language Learners
      • ED 351 Exceptionalities and Accommodating Diverse Learners in the Secondary School (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 353 Assessment, Adjustment to Practice and Behavior Management in the Secondary School (15 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 370 Methods and Materials in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Middle and Secondary Level or ED 371 Methods and Materials in Humanities and Social Sciences at the Middle and Secondary Level
      • ED 383 Prepracticum in Secondary School. (Co-rerequisite with ED 370/371)
    3. Students must receive a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in their major subject area and communication and literacy skills.

    Stage III: Secondary Education Minor – Practicum

    1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage II requirements, the student is eligible to apply for: ED 480 Practicum in Teaching Secondary School (9 credits), ED 424 Seminar (3
    2. Students must have received a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for the Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy Skills and the subject matter area.
    3. The Stage III application will be acted upon by the licensure officer.
    4. Students must have attained senior standing (90 credits of course work) to student teach.
    5. Students convicted of a felony may be denied admission to student teaching. 

    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.

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