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.
Please read the following directions carefully:
If you intend to student teach, you must file the application NO LATER THAN April 30.
There is a fair amount of documentation you must have on hand in order to complete the application. You must have all documentation ready before you begin the application.
The application cannot be saved and re-opened, but you can, and should, open the application to read through it before you get started.
Because some of the materials need to be uploaded and attached, make sure you have scanned them or taken pictures of them as needed.
Here is the list of the materials that need to be assembled prior to starting the application:
Documentation of ALL required MTEL scores (your last successful MTEL result should have all previous pass results in the upper corner)- you can also use a screen shot of your ELAR page if you don’t have the score report available- you will be uploading your MTEL score report to the application
Documentation of the locations of two of your pre-practicum experiences; descriptions of what you experienced in each; and descriptions of student diversity- you will be uploading your fieldwork documentation forms to the application and will need to combine them into one document to do so
Information regarding your SEI coursework while in your program; or documentation of SEI endorsement earned outside of your coursework; or confirmation that SEI is not required for your program (Spanish, Theatre and ESL only)
Cover letter and resume ONLY if you are interested in after-school employment at your practicum site- if you are applying for the paid position, you will be uploading your cover letter and resume to the application
If you are employed in a setting where you wish to student teach, you must also have the following ready:
- A letter from your school principal- you will be uploading this letter to the application
- School name and address
- Your teaching assignment
- The name, email address AND A COPY OF THE LICENSE OF THE TEACHER WHO WILL SUPERVISE YOU ON SITE- you will be uploading a copy of the supervising teacher’s license to the application
If you have any questions about the application or documentation, please contact us at the Student Services Education Office. We are in Sullivan 304, can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or called at 978.542.2854.
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.
Early Childhood (Pre-K-2nd Grade)
Elementary (Grades 1-6)
Middle/High School English
Middle/High School History
Middle/High School Math
Middle/High School Art
Middle/High School Spanish
Middle/High School Theatre
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 Masters 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.