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Salem State University School of Education offers multiple paths to becoming a licensed teacher in Massachusetts. Successfully completing an initial licensure program as part of the undergraduate 4+1 program, in a graduate licensure only program, or as an M.Ed. or MAT will result in receiving an endorsement for initial licensure.

However, many of the graduate program options enable participants to apply for a preliminary license directly with the state partway through the program and the master's degree programs allow completers to apply for professional licensure from the state after three years of teaching experience without any additional graduate work.

Degree Programs

  • Math, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BS/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a middle or high school mathematics teacher, the dual degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Major in mathematics and minor in education to reach your teaching goals.

    Apply now
  • Physical Education, Teacher Prep

    BS/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a physical education teacher, the dual degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Major in sports and movement science and minor in education to reach your teaching goals.

    Apply now
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    The combined bachelors and masters 4+1 elementary program is designed to send expertly prepared, experienced teachers into our public school classrooms. Our program combines intensive, early experiences in our partner schools with rigorous academic expectations.

    Apply now
  • English, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a middle or high school English teacher, the dual degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Major in English and minor in education to reach your teaching goals.

    Apply now
  • History, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a middle or high school history teacher, the dual degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Major in history and minor in education to reach your teaching goals.

    Apply now
  • Spanish, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a Spanish teacher, the combined degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Start your studies in the bachelor of arts in World Languages and Cultures (Spanish concentration) and talk to your advisor about applying to the combined BA/M.Ed. program during your sophomore year. You will graduate with a Massachusetts teacher’s license, a master’s degree, and ample experience teaching Spanish as a second language, ready to fill the critical need for Spanish teachers in our state!

    Apply now
  • Early Childhood (Preschool-2nd Grade) Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    The combined bachelors and masters 4+1 early childhood program is designed to send expertly prepared, experienced teachers into our public school classrooms. Our program combines intensive, early experiences in our partner schools with rigorous academic expectations.

    Apply now
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Certificate
    Graduate

    The graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages is designed to prepare students to teach in a variety of community, international, workplace, and adult settings. Whether you are beginning your career in TESOL or looking to make a difference in the lives of English learners, this flexible 15-credit program can be tailored to help you meet your goals.

    Learn more about the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • School Adjustment Counseling

    Licensure
    Graduate

    Graduates of this innovative program will receive endorsements for initial licensure in both School Counseling and School Adjustment Counseling.This program will ensure that students receive the comprehensive training needed to support the academic, career/professional, personal/social, and emotional needs of all K-12 students.

  • Math Fast-Track, Licensure Only

    Licensure
    Graduate

    Our fast track-mathematics program is a certificate program leading to a Initial licensure in either middle school mathematics (math 5 – 8) or high school mathematics (math 8 -12). The program is intended for students with a background in mathematics who are already teaching with a preliminary license and now need pedagogy and methods coursework along with a practicum to earn Initial license. The practicum is done at the student’s current teaching job. Program candidates who did not major in mathematics should contact the program coordinator to see if additional mathematical coursework is required in order to be eligible for this program.  This program is ideal for an aspiring teacher who already holds a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics and needs to satisfy DESE requirements for Initial licensure.

  • Special Education Licensure Only

    Licensure
    Graduate

    Our program is geared toward cultivating the skills, methods, and strategies needed to support students with mild to moderate special education needs for inclusion in general education classrooms.

  • TESOL, Licensure Only

    Licensure
    Graduate

    This initial licensure only program in TESOL allows students to obtain a PK-6 or 5-12 Massachusetts teacher educator license in TESOL without pursuing the entire master's degree. It is designed for those who already have a master's degree in another field, or for those who have another initial or professional license in ESL.

  • Early Childhood Licensure Only

    Licensure
    Graduate

    Early childhood is a unique time in a child’s development and it takes special skills and competencies to provide children with the grounding on which they build the rest of their education. Explore this program to find out how you can be a part of this innovative field.

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