What will I learn?

Elementary school teachers must demonstrate knowledge and excitement about content across the curriculum. Let your passion for learning lead your students into developing the skills they need as both learners and people.

The elementary education initial licensure MEd program prepares students to become Massachusetts state licensed elementary school teachers for grades 1-6. The program is designed for both people new to the field of education as well as for people who have previously worked in school settings (e.g., paraprofessionals). The coursework provides a strong foundation in theoretical, pedagogical, and conceptual knowledge and practice.

An innovative mixture of coursework and field-based learning, our master of education (MEd) in elementary education initial licensure program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and prepares teacher candidates to teach in grades 1-6.

Our teacher candidates are trained to become elementary school teachers who can create and facilitate equitable learning environments for children in public schools. They learn how to design and implement culturally responsive lessons manage classrooms of diverse learners, respond to the needs of all students and increase equitable access to learning for all students.

Our dedicated faculty are committed to promoting social justice and equitable access to learning for all students. Graduates are culturally responsive teachers who are prepared for the joys and challenges of public elementary school teaching.


The program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to become successful, culturally responsive, and reflective elementary school educators for grades 1-6 in the diverse public schools of the state of Massachusetts.

Required Courses for Initial Licensure

  • EDU 737 - Theories of Thinking and Learning
  • EDU 725 - Introduction to Literacy Development
  • EDU 990E - Effective UDL Classroom Practices
  • EDS 860 - Sheltering Content for English Language Learners


  • EDU 739 - Literacy Instruction and Assessment in the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom with field experience
  • EDU 898 - Mathematic Methods in Elementary Schools
  • EDU 899 - Social Studies Methods in Elementary Schools and
  • EDU 762 - Science Methods in the Elementary Schools

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,755.80 per year
USD $10,377.90 (These charges are for graduate assumed for 9 credits (per semester), however, they will vary depending on major/number of credits taken); summer tuition and fees: USD $529.35 per credit
Start date

18 January 2022


School of Education

352 Lafayette Street,



01970, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in related field.

For international students

Official transcript or transcript evaluation documenting your completed or in-progress bachelor's degree are required. Transcripts or transcript evaluation showing any graduate courses taken or degrees held are required as well.

Submit test scores from an approved English proficiency exam

Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 79

Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 61


IELTS: 6.5

PTE Academic: 54

Duolingo English Test: 73

Eiken: Pre-1

Deadlines: Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once complete

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.