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Teacher Preparation

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spanish, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

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

  • 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.

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6) Teacher Prep

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    Elementary school teachers must demonstrate knowledge and excitement about content across the curriculum. Let your passion for learning lead your students into developing the skills they need as both learners and people.

  • Library Media Studies

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    The Library Studies Program at Salem State University offers students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Education while earning initial certification as a Library Teacher K–12 in Massachusetts. Our goal is to prepare our students to become innovative and creative school librarians through the introduction of best practices, new ideas in the field, and avenues for the pursuit of excellence. Resources for knowledge acquisition, literature K-12, information literacy, management of the school library, and library design and the learning commons are just a few of the topics covered in our courses. 

    Through fieldwork and practicum experiences students have hands-on experiences in the field. The online, asynchronous format of the program allows students the flexibility to take courses when they can without travel hardships. Instructors in the program are recognized throughout Massachusetts and the United States as leaders in the field of school librarianship.

    Learn more about Library Media Studies

  • Advanced Studies in Early Childhood

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    Early childhood is about more than classroom instruction. Pursue this program to learn about elements across society that impact early childhood.

  • Advanced Studies in Elementary Education

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    The elementary years are about more than classroom instruction. Pursue this program to learn about elements across society that impact elementary schooling and elementary aged children.  

  • Advanced Studies in Special Education

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    If you are looking to develop expertise in special education without the focus on classroom instruction, this program is the right fit for you.

  • School Adjustment Counseling

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    Graduates of this innovative program will earn their Master’s degree in School Counseling and 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.

    Learn more about School Adjustment Counseling

  • Reading Teacher Prep

    M.Ed
    Graduate

    This program is designed for an experienced educators who holds an initial teaching license and wants to serve as a teacher of reading. Coursework will help you develop an understanding of reading and writing processes, enhance classroom reading instruction, assess reading difficulties, use literature in reading and language arts programs, and serve as a teacher leader around reading.

  • History, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    MAT
    Graduate

    The master of arts in teaching history is designed for liberal arts graduates who wish to begin preparation for teaching history at the secondary level or practicing teachers who desire to expand their understanding of the educational process while increasing their formal education in history.

  • Spanish, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    MAT
    Graduate

    Salem State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish prepares students to work at either the elementary or secondary level. Our program is unique because it runs through the world languages department and is taught entirely by full time professors. The rigorous Spanish course package is entirely in Spanish and offers a solidly balanced preparation. The program is especially beneficial for initial level students, but our MAT program addresses all coursework needed for the professional license as well as the initial license.

    Learn more about Spanish, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

  • 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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • 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.

  • Elementary Education Licensure Only

    Licensure
    Graduate

    Elementary school teachers must demonstrate knowledge and excitement about content across the curriculum. Let your passion for learning lead your students into developing the skills they need as both learners and people.

  • 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.

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