Take your teaching career to the next level.

Under current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations, after five years of teaching with an initial license, teachers must meet the requirements for professional licensure (the final level of teaching license). For those who do hold master's degrees, the Simmons Certificate requires 12 credits of graduate level coursework, nine of which must be in the appropriate subject area. 

Our supportive academic community offers small classes, faculty mentors, and weekend and evening classes designed to accommodate the schedules of working teachers. You'll work with an advisor to develop an individualized program of study designed to meet your educational goals.

Program Requirements

Sample Advanced Pedagogy Coursework

RGD 410 Multisensory Structured Language Skills
SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology
GEDUC 444 Research and Evaluation in Schools
GEDUC 462 Curriculum for the Early Childhood Classroom

Sample History and Political Science/Philosophy Content Coursework

HIST 402 Asia to the 18th Century
HIST 406 Rise of Modern China
HIST 413 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History
HIST 449 U.S. Foreign Policy: 1945-1989
ECON 595 Feminism and Economic Differences

Sample English Content Coursework

CHL 401 Criticism of Literature for Children
CHL 414 Fantasy and Science Fiction
ENGL 507 Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf
ENGL 514 The Invented Self in Modern American Fiction
ENGL 522 The Postmodern Novel

Download the full lists of approved courses:

    Helen Guttentag
    • Helen Guttentag
    • Dr of Clinical Programs & Undergrad. Ed, Prof of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2553
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Certificate for Advanced Content and Pedagogy (Professional License)

How to Apply

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