Undergraduate Licensure

Educator Licensure Programs

Undergraduate Program

Grade Level

Academic Program

Concentration/Minor

Early Childhood Teacher

PK-2

BS in Education

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Teacher

1-6

BS in Education

Elementary Education

Middle School Humanities Teacher

5-8

BS in Education

Middle School Humanities

Middle School Math/Science Teacher

5-8

BS in Education

Middle School Math/Science

Teacher of Biology

8-12

BA/BS in Biology

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Chemistry

8-12

BA/BS in Chemistry

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Earth Science

8-12

BA/BS in Geology

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of English

8-12

BA in English

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of History

8-12

BA in History

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Math

8-12

BA/BS in Math

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Foreign Language (Spanish)

PK-8, 5-12

BA in Spanish

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Theater

All Levels

BA in Theater Arts

Secondary Ed. Minor

Teacher of Visual Art

PK-8, 5-12

BA in Art

Art Education

Teacher of Physical Education

PK-8, 5-12

BS in SMS

Physical Education

Teacher of Health & Consumer Science

All Levels

BS in SMS

Health & Consumer Science

Admission to Undergraduate Licensure Programs

Step I

By completion of 30 credit hours, you should:

  • Meet with your advisor
  • Complete an MTEL Communication and Literacy practice test

Step II

By completion of 60 credit hours, you are eligible to apply for the licensure track. Requirements include:

  • Grades of "C" or better in Composition I and II and Speech Communication courses
  • A 2.75 overall GPA
  • A passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the (MTEL)
  • Successful completion of at least one course in Education

Step III

By completion of 75 credit hours, you will be admitted to the curriculum/methods courses if the previous requirements have been satisfied, and if you have a 3.0 GPA in your major(s).

Step IV

Students are admitted to a Student Teaching Practicum if you have met the following requirements:

  • A 2.75 overall grade point average
  • A 3.00 grade point average in your Education major
  • For Secondary Education Minors, a 3.00 grade point average in your major and in your Education Minor
  • A passing score on the appropriate MTEL subject matter tests

Preparing for the MTEL

Additional Requirements

American Government

Massachusetts statutes require all students seeking teacher licensure to have at least one course in the constitutional basis of American and Massachusetts government. You can meet this requirement by taking HIS 204, HIS 208, HIS 318, HIS 319, or POL 201. It is possible to demonstrate proficiency on an examination administered by the History Dept. Course credit will be given for the exam. Any course mentioned may also count toward your Division III distribution elective requirement.

CORI Requirement

Massachusetts law requires that all schools conduct criminal background checks on current and prospective employees, volunteers, school transportation providers, and others who may have "direct and unmonitored contact with children." Students must meet the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) requirements set by local school districts in order to complete pre-practicum field work and student teaching practica. Students unable to meet those requirements will be unable to complete Education Department licensure programs.

Forms

For More Information

Licensure and Field Placement office
Sullivan Building 114A, North Campus
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
Email: tsmith@salemstate.edu
Telephone: 978.542.6472