Many of our students combine their love of English with their desire to teach — and we help them get out in the field faster with our accelerated dual degree program. Our graduates find rewarding careers in the classroom, and are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers or curriculum coordinators.

Students work simultaneously toward both degrees and complete the program with initial teaching certification in elementary education. We make it easier for students to complete both programs by reducing the total course-load by 2 classes. You can also be admitted to both programs by submitting just one combined application.

Learn more about the English and teaching programs.

Program Requirements

The dual degree in teaching and English is a 60-64 credit program consisting of 7 courses in English and 7 courses in teaching, excluding the Pre-practicum/practicum.

Our dual degree students take a reduced course-load of 28 credits (instead of 32) for the English component of the dual degree. The 7 English courses include Proseminar (ENGL 404), Contemporary Critical Theory (ENGL 405) and 5 English electives. 

The teaching component of the dual degree includes 7 courses and a 4 credit practicum or an 8 credit internship. Completion of the dual degree, along with passing scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), allows students to receive initial teaching licensure in the state of Massachusetts at the elementary school level (grades 1-6).

Full-time students can complete the program in approximately 2 years. Part-time students must complete the program within 6 years of enrollment.

    Sheldon George
    • Sheldon George
    • Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in English
    • Phone: 617-521-2211
    • Office: C310G
    Renee Bergland
    • Renee Bergland
    • Hazel Dick Leonard Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2220
    • Office: C310E
    Pamela Bromberg
    • Pamela Bromberg
    • Professor and Department Chair of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2214
    • Office: C310F
    Kelly Hager
    • Kelly Hager
    • Associate Professor, English, and Department Chair, Women'
    • Phone: 617-521-2173
    • Office: C301F
    Suzanne Leonard
    • Suzanne Leonard
    • Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2544
    • Office: C301D
    Richard Wollman
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