Teaching Degrees in Massachusetts

Receiving a Massachusetts teacher license requires a prospective educator to complete an approved educator preparation program. These programs are designed to prepare students to operate in a classroom setting as well as pass the Massachusetts teacher certification exams required for licensure. Most of these programs are traditional bachelor’s degree programs, though some are designed for those who are transferring to education professions from other forms of work experience. Regardless of the manner in which an education professional reaches licensure, however, all of these programs end in a Massachusetts teaching license, provided the student can pass the exams and fingerprinting requirements.

Most public teaching schools in Massachusetts are part of the Massachusetts state university system, though the University of Massachusetts also has an education degree program. These programs tend to have strong accreditation and provide direct paths to educator licensure, whereas some at private institutions may not. Massachusetts teacher education programs at these schools often provide opportunities to teach in a classroom setting while still studying for one’s degree. A sampling of teaching schools in Massachusetts includes the following:

University of Massachusetts

For students interested in both academic research on education and a teaching career, the University of Massachusetts provides strong academic resources. The College of Education has five interdisciplinary research centers and hundreds of graduate students, ensuring that those interested in expanding academic study of education are capable of accessing a wide variety of knowledge sources. The school also has both secondary and elementary education programs, ensuring that students can find an appropriate path regardless of which age group they are interested in teaching. For those interested in graduate degrees, the school is also one of the top 50 graduate education schools according to U.S. News & World Report.

Salem State University

With more than 150 years of history as an educator preparation school, Salem State University provides a solid path to Massachusetts teacher certification for prospective educators. The school has had specialized education accreditation since the creation of this form of accreditation in the 1950s, and retains this standard of excellence in education. Most programs at the school lead directly to initial licensure in Massachusetts, though some of these programs are designed to accelerate the path to professional licensure instead. The school has built up student teaching relationships with more than 50 school systems in the area.

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater State University provides solid resources for students interested in becoming teachers in a variety of fields, including special education, reading, and instructional technology. These programs lead to educator licensure and have student teaching opportunities built in. Those interested in school counseling positions, or having a counseling background to help with classroom communication, can also take advantage of the school’s counselor education department. The school is, however, selective, with only 65% of applicants accepted.

Fitchburg State University

Like the other universities mentioned, Fitchburg State University provides high quality teacher education for students interested in becoming licensed Massachusetts teachers. Like Bridgewater State University, it is fairly selective, with only about 65% of students gaining acceptance. The school has programs in early childhood education as well as elementary, secondary, and special education, as well as graduate programs in the education department, making it a good choice regardless of the level at which a student intends to teach.

American International College

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1000 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109
(413) 737-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Anna Maria College

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50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Berklee College of Music

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1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 747-2222

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Boston College

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140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Boston University

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One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Brandeis University

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415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Bridgewater State University

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131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
(508) 531-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Cambridge College

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1000 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 868-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Cape Cod Community College

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2240 Iyannough Rd
West Barnstable, MA 02668-1599
(508) 362-2131 Ext: 4311

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

College of Our Lady of the Elms

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291 Springfield St
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Eastern Nazarene College

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23 E Elm Ave
Quincy, MA 02170-2999
(617) 745-3000 Ext: 3706

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Emerson College

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120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
(617) 824-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Endicott College

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376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-0585

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Fitchburg State University

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160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Framingham State University

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100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
(508) 620-1220

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Gordon College

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255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 01984
(978) 927-2300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Harvard University

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Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Holyoke Community College

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303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 552-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5882
(617) 879-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Merrimack College

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315 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 837-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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