Accelerated Master’s, Middle/Secondary Education MEd
UMass Boston’s Middle/Secondary Education master’s degree prepares you for initial licensure as a middle school or high school teacher. As a public university with strong ties to local public school systems, there’s no better place to get your MEd. The 37-credit program includes opportunities to work with youth during your first two semesters in a variety of settings, a pre-practicum semester where you are in the classroom for 100 hours during that time, and a final semester student-teaching full-time in a middle or high school classroom.
Please note: Students should inquire about the accelerated master’s option in their sophomore or junior year and plan to start taking graduate level courses in their junior or senior year.
- Students can choose to complete our program where students take 2-3 courses a semester and complete their pre-practicum in their penultimate semester and their practicum in their final semester.
- Students can also choose to participate in the Teach Next Year (TNY) pathway. The TNY pathway seeks committed individuals interested in making a positive impact on students’ success in our partnering schools. The program is designed to build on the interests and expertise of its students, faculty, and the student in Boston Public Schools. Because it is an intensive site-based educational experience, it provides the support of professors, practitioners, and colleagues while it supplies the challenge of study, practice, and exploration.
Initial licensure is offered in the following disciplines and grade levels:
- English (5-12)
- History (5-12)
- Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12)
- Physics (8-12)
- Chemistry (8-12)
- Biology (8-12)
- General Science (5-8)
- Middle School Math/Science (5-8)
- Latin & Classical Humanities (5-12)
- Spanish (5-12)
- Chinese--Mandarin (5-12)
- Music (all levels)
Why Get an Accelerated Master's Degree in Middle/Secondary Education from UMass Boston?
This accelerated master's program offers opportunities for students to learn about middle/secondary education and participate in classrooms and after school settings. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop teaching skills and knowledge of content and pedagogy, our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve students as soon as they graduate.
MTELs, Communication and Literacy (optional)
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé, teaching license (if applicable)
Tuition information is posted on the Bursar’s office website
This 37-credit program includes courses in both content and pedagogy. Students seeking licensure are required to complete a 100-hour pre-practicum and 300-hour practicum in a classroom in their final two semesters.
This course of study provides a developmental perspective as a starting place, follows with an inquiry into the issues that face contemporary educators and schools, looks at techniques for improving middle and secondary students’ reading and writing across the curriculum, and examines research into methods of teaching middle/secondary school subjects. The capstone of the program for the initial licensure is the semester-long supervised practicum and the accompanying portfolio.
The Middle/Secondary Program, housed within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of teachers who are prepared to teach students from various diverse backgrounds in urban schools.
- Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education; Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC), College of Education and Human Development
- Lisa Gonsalves, Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development
- Janna Jackson Kellinger, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development/Curriculum and Instruction
- Christopher C. Martell, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Graduate Program Director of Middle/Secondary Education, College of Education and Human Development