Westfield State University offers an accelerated dual degree program for undergraduate Elementary Education majors! The program is a sequence of undergraduate and graduate level Education courses packaged together to allow students to begin graduate level coursework as an undergraduate, finish their bachelor’s degree in 4-years, and complete a M.Ed. program in one additional year.
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This program is designed for students who major in Elementary Education and who also have an interest in obtaining a second initial license in Moderate Special Needs and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. After four years, including summer sessions between junior and senior years, the initial phase of this program leads an undergraduate degree and initial licensure in Elementary Education, grades 1-6, providing all degree and licensure requirements are complete, including successful completion of student teaching. A fifth year of study at the graduate level leads to initial licensure in Moderate Special Needs, grades PreK-8, and a M.Ed. degree providing all degree and licensure requirements are complete, including successful completion of student teaching.
Current Westfield State Elementary Education majors can apply to the Accelerated Dual Degree program in their sophomore year. After acceptance, students must continue to meet the program requirements in order to move into the master’s degree phase. The application process for this accelerated option is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. To be eligible for the accelerated dual degree program, you must:
Complete the statement of eligibility form in the sophomore year
Complete the Early Entry Graduate Application by February 15th of the junior year submitted with the following:
Current graduate tuition and fees may be found on the website for the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. These are not included in your undergraduate tuition. A practicum fee is required for student teaching.
You may need to pay for graduate classes out of pocket if you already receive the maximum amount of financial aid.
The College of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a limited number of graduate assistantships that can help with the costs of graduate courses. Also offered is the Supporting our Schools Scholarship, with an application deadline each summer. Additional information can be found at GoBackNow.com or by contacting CGCE.
For questions about the Accelerated Dual Licensure program and how to apply, please contact Education Program Administrator, Dr. Megan Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org