Secondary Education

Licensure at the Secondary Level

The College of Education offers a number of options for those individuals interested in pursuing licensure at the middle (grades 5-8) or high school (grades 8-12) level in the areas of English, history, mathematics, political science/political philosophy, the sciences, or modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish). There are options for undergraduates, M.Ed. candidates, graduate students enrolled in other University programs, and Post-Baccalaureate candidates seeking initial licensure through Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). For more information on these options, please see the Secondary Education description and review the information below.

University to Schools for Undergraduates

As students work toward their undergraduate degrees, they can also work toward their initial license through the University to Schools for Undergraduates pathway. Candidates pursuing this option have the opportunity to earn their license, along with their Bachelor’s degree, in four years. In order to do this, students must complete all coursework by the end of the fall semester of their senior year so that the spring semester is free for the practicum (i.e., student teaching). Candidates should apply to this option by March 1 of their sophomore or junior year. To be considered for acceptance, students must (1) be majoring in the subject in which they wish to teach, (2) meet with their major advisor to select courses to fulfill any additional pathway requirements, and (3) have a passing score on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test. The MTEL Subject Matter Test must be passed before enrollment in the practicum. For an application to the University to Schools for Undergraduates pathway, please contact the Educator Information Office at (413) 545-2002 or eio@educ.umass.edu.

University to Schools for Graduates

Upon completion of the University to Schools for Graduates pathway, students receive a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) as well as initial licensure. This 33-37 credit pathway can be taken full-time or part-time; full-time students may complete the pathway in three to four semesters, while part-time students have up to three years to finish the pathway. In addition to education courses, students in the University to Schools for Graduates program complete at least four 600+ level courses in their subject area. Candidates should apply to this pathway by January 15. To be considered for acceptance to the University to Schools for Graduates pathway, candidates will need to have met all subject matter requirements. Many of these requirements can be satisfied through completing an undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to teach. However, there may be additional course requirements not satisfied by the major or degree; to complete these additional requirements, candidates are expected to meet with a subject matter advisor for further consultation. The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test must be passed by the end of the first semester of graduate study, but is not required for application to the pathway. The MTEL Subject Matter Test must be passed before enrollment in the practicum. To apply to the University to Schools for Graduates pathway, please fill out the online application at the graduate school website.

180 Days in Springfield

Upon completion of the 180 Days in Springfield pathway, students receive an M.Ed. as well as initial licensure. 180 Days is a one-year intensive immersion pathway which focuses on urban education; candidates take courses simultaneously with pre-practicum and practicum experiences which are based in Springfield. Candidates should apply to this pathway by January 15. To be considered for acceptance to the 180 Days pathway, candidates will need to have met all subject matter requirements.  Many of these requirements can be satisfied through completing an undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to teach.  However, there may be additional course requirements not satisfied by the major or degree; to complete these additional requirements, candidates are expected to meet with a subject matter advisor for further consultation. The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test must be passed by the end of the first semester of graduate study, but is not required for application to the pathway. The MTEL Subject Matter Test must be passed before enrollment in the practicum. To apply to the 180 Days in Springfield pathway, please fill out the online application at the graduate school website. For more information, please visit the 180 Days in Springfield page.

Bridges to the Future

Upon completion of the Bridges to the Future pathway, students receive an M.Ed. as well as initial licensure. Bridges is a one-year intensive immersion pathway which focuses on community service learning and education in rural communities (e.g., Greenfield, Turners Falls); candidates take courses simultaneously with pre-practicum and practicum experiences. Candidates should apply to this program by January 15. To be considered for acceptance to the Bridges pathway, candidates will need to have met all subject matter requirements.  Many of these requirements can be satisfied through completing an undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to teach.  However, there may be additional course requirements not satisfied by the major or degree; to complete these additional requirements, candidates are expected to meet with a subject matter advisor for further consultation. The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test must be passed by the end of the first semester of graduate study, but is not required for application to the pathway. The MTEL Subject Matter Test must be passed before enrollment in the practicum. To apply to the Bridges to the Future pathway, please fill out the online application at the graduate school website. For more information, please visit the Bridges to the Future page.

Post-BA Pathway

The Post-BA pathway is intended for individuals who have at least a BA or BS in their subject matter, are career changers, are employed in a school system, or want to take courses at the end of the day. Upon completion of this pathway, candidates receive initial licensure, but not an M.Ed. The pathway can be taken full-time or part-time and generally takes two to four semesters to complete. Candidates should apply to this option by March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission (spring admission occurs on a space-available basis). To be considered for acceptance, candidates will need to have met all subject matter requirements.  Many of these requirements can be satisfied through completing an undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to teach.  However, there may be additional course requirements not satisfied by the major or degree; to complete these additional requirements, candidates are expected to meet with a subject matter advisor for further consultation. The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test must be passed by the end of the first semester of graduate study, but candidates are strongly encouraged to take and pass the exam before application to the program. The MTEL Subject Matter Test must be passed before enrollment in the practicum. For an application to the Post-BA pathway, please contact the Educator Information Office at (413) 545-2002 or eio@educ.umass.edu. For more information, please visit the Post-BA page.

Subject Matter Requirements

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Questions?

For questions about any of our secondary education pathways, or if you would like to make an advising appointment, please contact the Educator Information Office at (413) 545-2002 or eio@educ.umass.edu.