English Degree (B.A.) with Teacher of English Licensure (5-8, 8-12)

Why Choose a Teacher Licensure Program in English (5-8, 8-12)?

Founded in 1839, Westfield State University is especially proud of its history as the first co-educational institution to prepare teachers. Steeped in this tradition of developing progressive educators, our program supports future English teachers to be creative, engaging, and innovative with a background in the discipline of English that is rich and rigorous.

Requirements for the Teacher Licensure Program in English (5-8), (8-12)

M.Ed. Programs for Licensed Teachers

Westfield State University has a history and abiding commitment of preparing educators who serve the educational needs of prekindergarten through secondary school students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shared vision of Westfield's education programs is articulated as "Educators as Leaders Building Learning Communities."  Themes that support this vision are community building, reflective practice, diversity, and social justice.

Westfield is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and all licensure programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Professional licensure programs are designed to meet the needs of teachers who already possess an initial level Massachusetts teaching license, and are seeking a master's degree that will lead to a professional teaching license in the same or related field. In order to be eligible for a professional license, teachers must have taught for three years in the area of their initial license, as well as meet other requirements listed in the licensure regulations.

Candidates in professional licensure programs will demonstrate their commitment to diversity at several points in their program. Each candidate will be required to reflect on his or her beliefs, values, experiences, and/or current practices for developing competencies that support diversity. Decisions about a candidate's performance in professional licensure programs will be based on multiple assessments.

Westfield State University offers the M.Ed. with professional licensure in the following areas:



Early Childhood PreK-2, Professional, M.Ed. 

Elementary 1-6, Professional, Multidisciplinary Track, M.Ed. 

Elementary, Professional, Reading Track, M.Ed. 

Elementary, Professional, Single Academic Area Track, M.Ed. 

Mathematics, 5-8, 8-12, Professional, M.Ed. 

Physical Education, PreK-8, 5-12, Professional, M.Ed. 



 

Specialist Teacher License

 

The Reading Specialist, Initial, M.Ed. program is designed for licensed teachers in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities who desire initial licensure as a Reading Specialist.

For candidates who have taught for three years in the area of their initial teaching license (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities), and who have met the other requirements listed in licensure regulations, it will also lead to professional licensure in the area of the first teaching license.

Advising for graduate students in the M.Ed. programs facilitates student progress in degree programs and offers an opportunity to design and to amend programs of study, acquire career advice and address topics of particular interest to students involved in graduate study for career advancement or professional development. Registration advising is offered in advance of the semester to assist with course choices appropriate for graduate programs. Programs of study constructed during the first semester of matriculation allow students to remain active participants in their course selections.

    Program Description

    This 34-credit hour program is designed for teachers who hold an initial license and seek Professional Licensure in Elementary Education. Students without the appropriate license may work toward the initial license for elementary education and apply up to six semester hours of graduate work toward the master's degree.

     

    See Admission requirements for graduate programs.

     

     

     

     

      Requirements for Degree - 34 Credits

       

        Program of Study

          A. Prerequisite coursework or experience

          Content knowledge in the following areas must be documented in the student's previous academic record or professional experience. Any gaps in coverage must be fulfilled as determined by the student's graduate advisor.

          • introductory course in special education
          • introductory course in computer applications
          • Introductory course in multicultural education
          • Introductory course in educational assessment

            B. Required Education Coursework - 16 Credits

            • EDUC 0502 - Instructional Practices: Materials and Classroom Procedures (Elementary and Early Childhood)
            • EDUC 0513 - Evaluation Techniques in Education
            • EDUC 0629 - Experiential Curriculum Development Workshop: Elementary
            • EDUC 0632 - Research in Education
            • EDUC 0633 - Social Cultural Theories: Foundations of Education
            • EDUC 0653 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: English Language Learners
            • EDUC 0654 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: Exceptional Learners

            Academic Coursework - 18 Credits

             

              Single Academic Area Track:

              Students take 18 credits of graduate coursework in one of the following areas:

              • Biology
              • Chemistry
              • English
              • General Science
              • History
              • Mathematics

                Additional Information

                Students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of knowledge gained in coursework and to relate concepts across the curriculum. The comprehensive exam may be taken after completing all required courses and a minimum of 27 s.h. of coursework within the Master’s program.