Guide the next generation of changemakers.
The Barbara (Hickey) O’Brien Department of Education at Worcester State University is a leader in preparing students to be lifelong changemakers and professional educators. Whether you want to become a teacher or explore an alternative career path, as a student at Worcester State University you will be joining a distinguished 150-year legacy of professionals in Massachusetts.
From the first moment of your first class, you will be immersed in hands-on learning. Through critical classroom learning, strategic partnerships with Worcester Public Schools, and extensive preparation for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Worcester State students will be ready to make a difference as outstanding professional educators. Led by renowned and diverse faculty, you will develop the skills to build a curriculum, plan daily instruction, and confront modern classroom challenges.
Call for Third-Party Comment
Submission Deadline: February 26, 2024
On March 25-27, Worcester State University will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by Worcester State University. All comments must be submitted by February 26, 2024 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment
Why study at Worcester State?
Hands-on student-teaching programs in local school districts
Practical experiences starting the first year in the program
Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Approved Program
Extensive preparation for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
- Classroom Management and Child Guidance
- Educator & Cultural Diversity
- Assessment and Adjustment
- Family and Community Engagement
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Exceptionalities and Accommodating Diverse Learners
- Children’s Literature
- Language Arts & Literacy
- Social Studies and Multiculturalism
- Children And Youth With Disabilities
- History and Philosophy of Ed
- Educational Psychology
- Emergent Literacy
- Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Fine Arts
- Typical and Atypical Children
- School Psychology
- Moderate Disabilities
- Teaching English as Second Language
- Sheltered English Immersion
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Leadership and Administration
- The Teaching of Reading
Our Professional Development Schools (PDS) partnerships are collaborative endeavors between 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools in Worcester, Massachusetts and Worcester State University. The stakeholders in the partnerships share a commitment to enhancing education and student achievement in the region through quality teacher education, in-service teacher training, shared inquiry, and innovative methodologies. Worcester State University established its first PDS partnership with Chandler Magnet School in 1995 and the partnerships have evolved and expanded to include 12 schools in the Worcester Public Schools. These partnerships were developed based on recommendations from the Holmes Group, a consortium of teacher preparation universities, in 1995 and now follow guidelines established by the National Association of Professional Development Schools.
Belmont Street Community School
Chandler Elementary Community School
Chandler Magnet School
Columbus Park Preparatory Academy
May Street School
Norrback Avenue School
Tatnuck Magnet School
Forest Grove Middle School
Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School
South High Community School
North High School
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Meet Your Faculty
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education publishes data on all state-approved education preparation programs. You can access each of the reports on our department’s program-completion and post-graduation performance data via the following links: