Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Initial Teacher License in Middle or Secondary School Education

Program Coordinator: Dr. Raynold Lewis
Phone: 508-929-8883
Email: rlewis1@worcester.edu

This program is designed for individuals seeking an Initial License in middle school education (5-8) or secondary school education (8-12) in one of the following content areas only:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • General Science (5-8)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science/Political Philosophy
  • Spanish (5-12)

Admissions Requirements

  • One of the requirements for an initial license is demonstrated subject matter knowledge. Thus, candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the chosen content area or demonstrate sufficient background in the content area.1 A preliminary license in the desired content area is recommended. Passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in the content area and on the Communication and Literacy Skills test are required.

  • An undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent Development is a pre-requisite for stage 3 of the program; or CLEP exam in Human Growth & Development (score of 50+).

Coursework

Courses in this program prepare middle and secondary school teachers to demonstrate competency in the five professional standards for teachers as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These are: planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, classroom management, promoting equity, and meeting professional responsibilities. Each course addresses specific standards, while the entire program prepares candidates for the challenges of responding to the needs and developmental characteristics of middle and secondary school students.

This program also has a field-based component: 75 hours of pre-practicum fieldwork involving guided school observation, and a practicum (student teaching) experience of 300 clock hours in a middle or secondary school classroom under the supervision of a teacher and a university faculty member. The 75 hours of pre-practicum fieldwork is completed over three pre-practicum courses. The practicum/student teaching experience is a full semester-long experience. The practicum can be completed at the candidate’s school where he/she is employed as the practicing teacher of record. A seminar course is offered concurrently with the teaching practicum to provide students the opportunity for reflection and shared experiences.

It is recommended that the courses in the program be taken in sequence. Stage 1 courses must be completed before Stage 2. All courses in Stage 1 and Stage 2 must be completed before beginning Stage 3.

Graduate application: www.worcester.edu/apply
MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education: www.doe.mass.edu
MTEL information: www.mtel.nesinc.com
Standards: www.worcester.edu/Education

Secondary School Program Requirements

Stage 1(6 credits)
ED-949American Education: Contexts and Influences 13
ED-973Instructional Design and Evaluation for Secondary School Grades 13
Stage 2(10 credits)
ED-909RETELL: Best Practices for English Language Learners3
ES-925Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and management Techniques (5-12)3
ES-905Methods and Materials for Teaching Humanities3
or ES-906 Methods and Materials for Teaching Science and Math
ES-921Clinical Experience in Secondary Grades (8-12)1
Stage 3 (full-time experiential semester; courses taken concurrently) 2(8 credits)
ES-911Teaching Practicum5
ES-908Teaching Practicum Seminar (Middle and Secondary Grades)3
Total Credits24

Middle School Program Requirements

Stage 1(6 credits)
ED-949American Education: Contexts and Influences 13
ED-957Instructional Design and Evaluation for Middle School Grades 13
Stage 2(10 credits)
ED-909RETELL: Best Practices for English Language Learners3
ES-925Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and management Techniques (5-12)3
ES-905Methods and Materials for Teaching Humanities3
or ES-906 Methods and Materials for Teaching Science and Math
ES-920Clinical Experience in the Middle Grades (5-8)1
Stage 3 (full-time experiential semester; courses taken concurrently) 2(8 credits)
ES-911Teaching Practicum5
ES-908Teaching Practicum Seminar (Middle and Secondary Grades)3
Total Credits24