Take your teaching career to the next level.

Completing coursework to advance your teaching license to the professional level doesn’t have to be about just maintaining your certification. It’s an opportunity for you to expand your reach as an educator, enhance your expertise in the subject matter you love to teach, or to take a class that inspires you. Your teaching practice reflects who you are and what you value, and so should your graduate program.

Our Professional Licensure program allows you to pursue the track that best fits you and your career. Choose our customizable master’s degree or certificate track if you are interested in a flexible, individualized program of study in your current area of teaching. Or select our enhanced master’s degree course sequence to add a Moderate Disabilities teaching license, while also working to achieve professional teaching certification in your current field.

With Professional Licensure programs open to experienced and newly licensed teachers who hold initial certification for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities (K-8), English, or History, we offer a supportive academic community that encourages your growth as an educator, while also empowering you to set the course for your journey as a lifelong learner.

Program Requirements

According to Massachusetts requirements for teaching certification, after five years of teaching with an initial license, teachers must fulfill educational requirements to advance their license to the professional level. We offer the following Professional Licensure tracks for teachers in Massachusetts who hold an initial license in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, English, History, or Political Science/Philosophy: 

  • 32-credit Master of Science in Education for teachers who do not hold a master's degree
  • 36-40-credit Master of Science in Education with Moderate Disabilities Add-On License for teachers who do not hold a master’s degree
  • 12-credit Certificate for teachers who hold a master’s degree

While many students complete the program on a part-time basis, taking two courses per semester while working, it is possible to study full-time. Advanced pedagogy courses meet on an evening or weekend schedule, while advanced content courses generally meet during afternoons or evenings.

Coursework

32-Credit Professional Licensure Master’s Degree Program

  • Four approved courses in advanced content* (16 credits)
  • Four approved courses in advanced pegagogy* (16 credits)

Total: 32 credits

36-40-Credit Professional Licensure Master’s Degree Program with Moderate Disabilities Add-On License

Four approved courses in advanced content* (16 credits)

The following courses in advanced pedagogy (16-20 credits): 
  • SPND 436: Formal and Informal Assessment (4 credits)
  • SPND 444: Special Education Laws & Regulations (2 credits)
  • SPND 445: Individualized Education Program (2 credits)
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs (4 credits)
  • SPND 422: Differentiating Instruction Using Technology Across the Curriculum (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 464: Reading and Language Arts for the Elementary Classroom - Required only of secondary-level teachers (4 credits)

Special Education Practicum and Seminar (4 credits):

  • SPND 438 or 439: Moderate Practicum PreK-8 or 5-12 (2 credits)
  • SPND 488: Seminar (2 credits)

Total: 36-40 credits

12-Credit Professional Licensure Certificate Program

Three approved courses in advanced content* (12 credits)

*Download the full lists of approved courses:

Faculty
    Helen Guttentag
    • Helen Guttentag
    • Dr of Clinical Programs & Undergrad. Ed, Prof of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2553
    • Office: W304F
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Certificate for Advanced Content and Pedagogy (Professional License)

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