Teaching Degrees in Massachusetts

Anyone who plans to earn a teaching degree in Massachusetts and/or wishes to teach in the Massachusetts public school system needs to know some important information about:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Massachusetts teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Massachusetts.

Teaching Degrees in Massachusetts

Massachusetts requires a bachelor’s degree in order to obtain teacher certification. Prospective teachers are also required to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure and any additional requirements required of the license a teacher wishes to obtain.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there are currently 81 different colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Massachusetts. This provides prospective students of education with a wide variety of options to choose from.

Just over 60 percent of Massachusetts teachers hold a master’s degree. These teachers can expect to receive a higher salary, ranging from $3,200 to $4,200 more annually as compared to their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Massachusetts

There are a wide variety of teaching scholarships and grants available for those seeking a teaching degree in Massachusetts. The financial assistance available is funded by a wide range of sources, including individuals, organizations, the state and schools. Some examples include:

Educational Rewards Grant
This grant is available to incumbent or dislocated workers that are pursuing a degree in a high demand occupation like education.

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students seeking a teaching degree in early childhood education.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program
This scholarship is awarded to high performing, incoming freshmen enrolled full-time at a Massachusetts school.

Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students pursuing a teaching degree in Massachusetts in a high demand area of education. The award ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 per year.

Math and Science Teachers Scholarship
Established by the state of Massachusetts, this scholarship provides assistance to teachers currently working in the state’s public schools who currently have waivers for certification or are not currently teaching in their certified area.

Massachusetts Educational Rewards Grant
This state-funded grant is available to those pursuing degrees in high demand occupations, such as teaching.

Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant
This grant is funded by the state to assist Massachusetts residents currently working as paraprofessionals in the state’s public schools and who would like to pursue certification as full-time teachers.

TEACH Grant Massachusetts
This state-funded grant is available for those seeking teaching degrees in Massachusetts. Awards are available for up to $4,000 per year.

Massachusetts Teacher Certification

Massachusetts offers four types of teacher certification, termed licenses. These include:

  • Temporary – Issued to experienced teachers from other states or teachers having less than three years’ experience, allowing time to complete the requirements for the Initial license. Good for one year.
  • Preliminary – This five-year license requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and successfully passing the required MTEL(s)
  • Initial – This five-year license is available for teachers who have completed a state-approved educator preparation program.
  • Professional – This five year license is available to teachers who have completed an approved master’s degree program and/or obtained National Board certification, have taught for three years under an initial license and have completed a one-year induction program and mentoring.

Minimum certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Completion of the proper Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

In order to recertify licensure in Massachusetts, teachers must align their Professional Development Plans (PDP) with that of the school or district’s goals for improvement, obtain ten hours in a topic, and receive supervisory approval of Professional Development points and endorsement of completed PDP before submitting an application for recertification.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Massachusetts

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Teacher Workforce: Status and Challenges
This in-depth study focuses on the state of the Massachusetts teacher workforce.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education – Office of Student Financial Assistance
Find information on scholarships, grants, tuition waivers and other forms of financial aid to assist in the finance of a teaching degree in Massachusetts.

Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor
Find employment assistance, career training, transportation schedules, civil service exam schedules and more.

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