Secondary Education (Master's Degree)
Our post-baccalaureate secondary education concentration can prepare you for the initial teaching license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the content area of your bachelor’s degree. We offer flexible scheduling to meet your needs, so you’ll be able to graduate in one to two years ready to work in regular and alternative school settings.
Inquiry-based teaching methods, standards-based curriculum development, and team-building strategies that enhance relationships with individual, groups, and families are the cornerstones of our program, which also features a year-long residency in a local secondary or middle school classroom. Coursework is designed to help educators address the complex social and emotional environments of their learners as they begin their transition to adulthood.
A prerequisite for this program is a bachelor’s degree in math, English, political science, history, chemistry, biology, earth science, visual arts, or a related field.
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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 three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
It is recommended that applicants complete an interview.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. 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. 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.
Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at email@example.com or via phone at (413) 748-3891.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Secondary Education (5 - 8) (8 - 12) licensure track
The Graduate Level Initial Licensure Program in Secondary Education prepares middle and high school teachers to create learning environments that support young people in their transition to adulthood. The program offers a combination of courses that will lead to the Initial license in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, English, History, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. All students entering the program will be required to meet the subject matter knowledge requirements stated in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure regulations.
It is recommended that students in this graduate level initial licensure program have experience working in an educational environment. Pre-practicum and practicum experiences are embedded throughout the curriculum.
The interdisciplinary nature of the graduate level initial licensure program courses provide a wider frame of reference for the students as they develop a foundation in the theoretical, historical, social and political foundations of education. Faculty teaching courses within this program will use the field experience of the students to deepen the students’ understanding of behavior management; reading strategies for content area learning; teaching methods; curriculum design; assessment and evaluation; inclusion of all students; special education; and engaging families and communities.
A Bachelor’s degree in (1) a content area appropriate to the license sought and (2) a course in child development. A transcript review will determine whether there are additional prerequisites.
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure Required:
All students in the Secondary Graduate Initial Licensure Program are required to pass the following exams:
- Communication and Literacy Exam (prior to practicum)
- Content exam appropriate to license sought (prior to practicum)
- EDUC 627 - Foundations of Literacy Credits: 3
- EDUC 628 - Sheltered English Immersion Instruction Across the Curriculum Credits: 3
- EDUC 635 - Engaging Families and Communities in Education Credits: 3
- EDUC 640 - Behavior Management for School Aged Children Credits: 3
- EDUC 642 - Assessment Interpretation and Planning in Education Credits: 3
- EDUC 658 - Exceptional Learners: Context, Characteristics, and Legal Considerations Credits: 3
- EDUC 663 - Middle School Practicum and Seminar Credits: 3-6
- EDUC 664 - High School Practicum and Seminar Credits: 3-6
(may be taken for 3 credits if doing a full year residency/internship)
- EDUC 685 - Secondary Methods, Assessment and Pre-Practicum Credits: 3
- EDUC 686 - Mathematics Curriculum Development and Implementation for Secondary Education Credits: 3
This course of study is subject to change based on the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education licensing regulations.
Students must work with their academic advisor to select elective courses to total 32 credits to meet program requirements.
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
|Graduate Program Courses||$700 per credit|
|Approximate total cost (32 credits)||$22,400|
|Graduate Student Fee*||$396|
All approximate costs above are based on 2022-23 academic year costs.
*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2022-23 academic year.
- Student Government Fee: $21
- Community Engagement Fee: $36
- Recreation Fee: $324
- Class Dues: $15
The graduate student fee (part-time) is $87.50 per semester.