Middle/Secondary Education MEd/Certificate
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 teaching full-time in a middle or high school classroom.
Please note: Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a closely related area (e.g., special education, counseling) should apply to the certificate program. All others should apply to the program at the MEd level.
- Students can choose to complete our campus 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. This program takes 1-3 years to complete depending on how many course students complete each semester and when they matriculate.
- 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.
- Students can also complete a 28-credit certificate program in Middle Secondary Education. This program is designed for students who may already have a master’s degree in the content area why want to teach or a master’s degree in another area. Students should be able to demonstrate the content knowledge for their teaching subject through past coursework. Students would still complete 2-3 classes a semester depending on whether they were full- or part=time students and would need to do the pre-practicum and practicum to earn their licensure.
Initial licensure is offered in the following disciplines, at the grade levels in parentheses:
- English (5-12)
- History (5-12)
- Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12)
- Physics (8-12)
- Chemistry (8-12)
- Biology (8-12)
- Earth Science (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)
Except for the foreign language content areas, all licenses are for grades 5-8 or 8-12. Foreign language licenses are for grades 5-12.
Why Apply to UMass Boston’s Middle/Secondary Education MEd Program?
This program offers opportunities for students to learn to about middle/secondary education and participate in classrooms and after school settings. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop teaching skills, action research 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.
Communication and Literacy MTEL
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of purpose; transcripts; resume
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.
Spring: December 1
Fall: June 1
- Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education; Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC), College of Education and Human Development
- Janna Jackson Kellinger, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development/Curriculum and Instruction
- Christopher C. Martell, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, College of Education and Human Development