Teacher Preparation Programs
These are the only programs that lead to public school teaching licenses. The undergraduate 4+1 programs are for freshmen and transfer students. Graduate and licensure only are for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree.
Undergraduate Programs in Education
Undergraduate/Graduate Combined 4+1 Programs
These are the only undergraduate public school teacher preparation options. If you want to work towards your teaching license as part of your undergraduate program, you need to select a 4+1 pathway. These joint programs require a separate, competitive, application process completed sophomore year. Students who finish the program graduate with a bachelor's degree (double major in education and content area for early childhood and elementary students; content major and education minor for specialist and secondary students), a master's degree in education, and an initial license in their chosen area.
Students interested in special education or ESL can earn a second license in these areas with six additional courses. Three will be taken the summer prior to senior year and three the summer prior to the graduate year. These courses are outside of the degree program and are not covered by the semester's tuition and fees.
Undergraduate Only Programs
These are undergraduate programs that are for students interested in working with children outside the public schools.
Early Education and Care leads to careers working with children from birth to eight.
Community Education careers can involve working with children of any age, but most commonly involve school-age children.
The educational studies minor is for students majoring in any other content area who want a chance to explore the field of education without making the commitment of a full major.
Higher Education - Student Affairs
The Master of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) at Salem State University is the only program of its kind offered at a public institution in the Boston metropolitan area. The program is designed for people who plan to pursue a career working in a college/university setting in the area of student affairs, a profession focused on promoting college student success and learning outside of the classroom. HESA graduates work in a variety of student affairs administrative areas, including admissions, financial aid, academic advising, multicultural affairs, residence life, student activities and more.
The advanced studies graduate degrees provide opportunities for professionals within the field to increase their knowledge and competencies in their chosen area without pursuing a teaching license. These programs are a good fit for teachers who hold an initial license, need a graduate degree, but are not interested in earning a second license. They are also a good choice for professionals working with children in these populations outside the public school system.