If you’re looking to become a teacher in Massachusetts but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state that will allow you to earn teaching certification. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Name: Preliminary Certification
Program Mission and Overview The Preliminary Certification option is the first step prospective teachers can take toward permanent licensure. The preliminary certification is required to teach in a Massachusetts classroom and is valid for five years.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates who are interested in obtaining this certification must already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Candidates must also pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
If candidates must complete additional coursework, they must apply to an approved institution that offers the required courses.
Financial Information Candidates for this program are responsible for the cost of the MTEL tests and any tuition or other costs associated with completing coursework at an approved institution.
Program Name: Post-Baccalaureate Higher Education
Program Mission and Overview The Post-Baccalaureate Higher Education route allows prospective teachers to complete additional coursework through an approved teacher preparation program that leads to teacher certification. The initial certification is valid for five years with the option for one renewal period.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Qualified candidates for this program must have a bachelor’s degree in another area from an accredited institution. They must not have completed a teacher preparation program.
Candidates must pass the MTEL tests.
Applicants must apply directly through the approved institution through which they will complete coursework.
Financial Information The costs of this program vary depending on the institution candidates choose and whether the program will result in a master’s degree. Master’s degree programs have higher costs.
Program Name: Post-Baccalaureate District Certification
Program Mission and Overview This program is designed to allow candidates to obtain their teaching certification while serving in a classroom. The program may or may not involve completing a supervised apprenticeship in the classroom, depending on the university. This license is valid for five years and renewable for an additional five years.
Eligibility and How to Apply Candidates must:
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Pass the MTEL tests.
Obtain the preliminary certification to allow for teaching in the classroom.
Apply directly through an approved institution that offers the right type of education preparation program.
Candidates are responsible for paying tuition and other fees associated with the education preparation program they choose to attend.
Applicants may be eligible for scholarships, grants, and federal or private loans to fund this program.