About This Program
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As the world continues to change, so does the field of education. At Springfield College, we’re committed to advancing effective teachers for the 21st century through our Working Teachers Program. You’ll graduate with strong critical thinking skills and reflective teaching practices that will prepare you to serve as an instrument of change and a leader in your school.
Our program is designed for the working teacher, with flexible class times, a professional learning community within your cohort of other working educators, a focus on enhancing teaching and leadership skills, and a philosophy of learning today and practicing tomorrow. At the end of all that, you’ll leave Springfield College with a master’s degree and initial licensure.
Don’t need a license? Earn a master’s in educational studies through our non-licensure track.
Already working in the Springfield Public Schools? Apply for the S-Cubed program, a partnership between the Springfield Public Schools and Springfield College, and earn your degree for less!
This program enrolls students in all terms.
Complete the application form. No application fee.
Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section.
Graduate Admissions Essay
Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.
In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume.
Letters of Recommendation
This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended
- An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
- Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:
- Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
- Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.
The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit materials:
After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
CORE Research Requirements for Master of Education (M.Ed) (5-6 credits)
- EDUC 626 - Education Research Project Credits: 3-Feb
(note: also requires successful completion of research project presentation)
- RSCH 610 - Foundations and Methods of Research Credits: 3
I. Educational Studies Concentration
Educational Studies is a flexible program designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to continue their education for professional development or to change careers. Students follow Plan A (M.Ed.). Students have the option of designing a program (Focus Option) in consultation with their advisor (i.e., experiential education, instructional technology, school athletics, etc.), or choosing a track that leads to Massachusetts Educator Initial Licensure in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.
All of these licensure programs are State of Massachusetts approved.
Each student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours. Students must work with their academic advisor to select at least 15 credits of graduate courses offered by the education department.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.
Priority deadlines are as follows:
- April 15 for summer (May) entry
- July 15 for fall (September) entry
- December 1 for spring (January) entry
All required supporting materials are due as follows:
- May 1 for summer (May) entry
- August 1 for fall (September) entry
- January 1 for spring (January) entry