MEd Courses and Degree Requirements

The 36-credit Master of Education (MEd) Degree program is designed to meet the Standards for Professional Educators issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Licensure in teaching in the elementary level (grades 1-6) or secondary level (grades 5-8 or 8-12).

Subject area majors leading to teacher initial licensure at the secondary level are: art, biology, chemistry, English literature, history, mathematics and Spanish. Our MEd Degree courses are offered in face-to-face evening or hybrid online formats in seven week sessions that are conducted throughout the calendar year. Candidates for the Master of Education degree must meet the subject matter knowledge requirements for the area of licensure which is verified through a transcript review.

All MEd courses are 3 credits unless noted otherwise.

Required Courses for MEd Degree

  • EDUC5115 Documenting and Assessing Student Learning
  • EDUC5200 Complexities of Urban Education
  • EDUC5207 Learning, Teaching/Curriculum Development
  • EDUC5300 Sheltered English Instruction: Teaching English Language Learners
  • EDUC5401 Child/Adolescent Development and Identity Formation
  • EDUC5467 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar 
  • EDUC5625 The Classroom as Community
  • EDUC5701 Technology in the Classroom
  • EDUC5750 Teaching Students with Disabilities for General Education Professionals

Elementary Licensure Track

  • EDUC5202 Literacy (Focus: Reading/Writing)
  • EDUC5206 Explorations in Mathematics (Focus: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

Secondary Licensure Track

  • EDUC5208 Reaching and Teaching All Students
  • EDUC5305 Teaching and Learning in the Discipline*

Elective Courses

  • EDUC5178 Directed Research
  • EDUC5762 Special Education Practicum

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Capstone Experience

The Master of Education (MEd) Degree program culminates with the Student Teaching Practicum EDUC 5467. Attendance in a practicum seminar is required. Students must complete all degree requirements and pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) to receive initial license. This practicum is designed to culminate the student’s degree program and represents a key opportunity for program assessment.

Licensure Information

Candidates must pass the following Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to formal acceptance into the student teaching practicum:

Elementary candidates:

  • Communication and Literacy (01)
  • General Curriculum—multi-subject and math subtests (03)
  • Foundations of Reading (90)

Secondary candidates:

  • Communication and Literacy (01)
  • Subject Matter
  • Foundations of Reading (90) 

This is an initial licensure program. As such, the program of study, for our Master Of Education degree, is subject to change to reflect implementation of new Massachusetts licensure requirements.