What do I need to do to become a teacher or counselor?
You need to have a bachelor’s degree, complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program, and pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL along with the appropriate subject matter test. Please go to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) for more information on K-12 Teacher Licensure.
What is the MTEL test?
Any candidate seeking an educator’s license in Massachusetts must pass both parts of the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL. The test is designed to assess effective communication and literacy skills. It consists of two subtests: reading and writing. Areas tested include:
- comprehension and analysis of reading selections
- development of ideas in essay form on specific topics
- outlining and summarizing
- interpretation of tables and graphs
- mastery of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and mechanics
In addition, the candidate will take a subject test in their prospective license area. These tests are designed to:
- assess the breadth and depth of the candidate's knowledge in the subject area
- understanding of fundamental concepts of the discipline
- familiarity with field-specific methodologies
When should I take the MTEL Communication and Literacy skills tests?
- You should take the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test immediately. The expectation is that you will pass these tests by the end of your first semester in the program. In order to continue to make satisfactory progress and be allowed to stay in a graduate licensure program, you must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test by a program specific date.
For additional information, please go to the MA DESE website.
I have a bachelor’s degree and want to get a master’s in education, what do I need to do?
First you need to determine the area and level you would like to teach. Click here for a list of graduate programs offered at Springfield College. Once you decide you can look at the program’s fact sheet to view the course of study and download the transcript review form that corresponds to you program.
I already have a master’s degree; do I need to get another master’s?
No the master’s degree is optional. You can just take the courses required for graduate level initial licensure.
What do I major in?
Your major is designated at the time of admission and often includes a concentration. For example, students in the:
- Elementary licensure program à EDUCATIONAL STUDIES major with an elementary concentration
- School guidance counseling program à PSYCHOLOGY major with a school guidance counseling concentration
For more information, refer to the college catalog, or contact the Educator Preparation Office.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Generally it takes a student about 2 years. However, depending on how many pre-requisites you need and whether you attend full-time or part-time can shorten or lengthen the amount of time to complete a program.
What pre-requisites do I need to take?
It depends on your previous education, coursework, and the program you will pursue.
For pre-requisites click on the area of interest:
- Early Childhood: Early Childhood Education Fact Sheet
- Educational Studies Fact Sheet
- Elementary Education: Elementary Education Fact Sheet
- Health/Family Consumer Sciences: Health Education Fact Sheet
- Physical Education - Initial Licensure Program: Physical Education Initial Fact Sheet
- Physical Education - Professional Licensure Program: Physical Education Professional Fact Sheet
- School Guidance/Adjustment Counseling: School Guidance Counseling Fact Sheet
- Secondary Education: Secondary Education Fact Sheet
- Special Education: Special Education Fact Sheet
When am I admitted to a specific educator preparation program?
Graduate students are admitted to the Educator Preparation program when they are admitted to the Springfield College graduate school.
Is there anything else I need to do once I’m accepted?
Yes. All graduate students must fill out the Graduate Educator Preparation Registration Form during the first semester they are enrolled. The Director of Educator Preparation and Licensure, Dr. Davis-Delano, usually visits graduate classes during this time to hand out this form and answer questions about the program, and licensure.
Are GREs required? If so, where can I take them?
Applicants for the Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Physical Education Teaching Administration, Physical Therapy Program, Sport Management and Recreation Program, or the Physical Education Doctoral Programs must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, taken within five years of the date of application for admission to graduate study at Springfield College. You can find a test center close to you by going to the GRE website or by calling the help number at 1-866-473-4373.
What is the tuition at Springfield College?
Springfield College offers a few programs to help offset the cost of graduate tuition. The Office of Financial Aid offers several loan programs. The AmeriCorps Program provides eligible students the opportunity to serve for one year in a Springfield Public School and as a benefit provides a living stipend and a monetary education award from the Corporation for National Service. SC also offers graduate fellowships, which provide financial assistance and are available within a number of departments. Click here to download an application. Please refer to the tuition and fees page to see the current tuition information.
What if the content in a required graduate course was the same as a course taken in my undergraduate program?
Graduate courses can be substituted if taken in an undergraduate program. A transcript review will be completed by you and an academic advisor from Springfield College to discuss the possible substitutions. At that time, if your academic advisor approves, they will have you fill out a Waiver of Program Component. These forms are available in the Educator Preparation Office, department offices, and from your advisor.
Will Springfield College help me find a job?
Yes. The Career Center’s mission is to educate and empower students and alumni to explore careers and effectively manage their career life planning. Not only will they help you search for a job, but they have an updated job postings section right on their webpage. Click here to visit the Career Center’s website.
What is the first step I need to take in order to start the Educator Preparation Program?
After you apply to the graduate school, you can set up an appointment with the appropriate advisor to review your transcript. This will be a good indicator of how many pre-requisites you will need to complete the program, as well as how long the program may take.
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