Interested in Pursuing a Career in Education?

Westfield State’s education programs, offered by the Education Department, are among the most popular at the university. Our skilled faculty offer a combination of both online and in-person evening classes to best meet the needs of our diverse students. We offer programs for students looking to begin and advance their teaching career.

Our course offerings allow students to be flexible and set their own pace for earning their degree.

Our Education Programs/Coursework

At the graduate level, master’s degrees have been especially designed for new and experienced teachers. Licensure at the initial level is a prerequisite for entry into many programs in the graduate program group. For teachers with professional licensure, the Master of Education concentration programs offer an opportunity to enhance established skills and interests and to experiment with areas of study related to the professional license.

Programs with Initial Licensure
Programs with Professional Licensure
Non-Licensure Programs


Why Westfield?

Westfield State was recently ranked 12th in the country on the “Best Colleges for Elementary Education” list by Our low class sizes help you feel connected to your professors and classmates.

We offer classes in the evening after 4 p.m., with some classes being offered online, allowing you to complete the program at your own pace.

Courses are offered year-round with classes being held during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

Westfield State is a fraction of the cost of other universities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended indicating a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 2.8 or higher
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. At least one academic recommendation is suggested. 
  • Narrative statement about your professional goals, academic experience, work experience, and other factors such as academic achievements not reflected in transcripts that support your application. 
  • For Initial Licensure students: a copy of official Communication and Literacy, Reading & Writing subtest MTEL scores or approved alternative as outlined by DESE
  • For Professional Licensure applicants only: a copy of
    your Massachusetts teacher’s license

*Non-licensure programs do not require a teaching license

How much does Westfield State University cost?

Westfield State University offers a comprehensive university experience at an affordable cost—with many options for financial aid. Visit our Cost and Aid page to learn more. 

Teacher Incentive Discount and Supporting our Schools Scholarship available for licensure programs.


Will I receive academic support?

We’re invested in your success. Whether you need a little help adjusting to college, study strategies, tutoring, or disability services, the team at the Academic Achievement Department is ready to help. Our mission is to provide you with the tools to explore academic opportunities as well as to plot strategies for continued growth. 

Learn more about our student support services here.

Interested in a Dual Degree Program?

Check out our Education Accelerated Dual Degree Program and earn 3 Degrees in just 5 years! 

Deadlines and Notice of Decision:

Our education programs are rolling admissions; applications are accepted year-round.

We’re Here to Help.

We understand that it can be intimidating going back to school, and you may be balancing work, family and education, so we’ve put a few things in place to make your transition easier.

Need help navigating online learning?

Our experts in the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) are here to help.

Not feeling confident about your writing skills?

Our Reading and Writing Center professionals can assist!

Questions? We're here to help.

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