What will I learn?

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Initial Teacher Licensure in Middle or Secondary School Education program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to obtain your initial teacher license in Massachusetts. Our program is designed for recent college graduates with non-education degrees in one of the following content areas: English, history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or Earth sciences. It also is for people with professional or technical experience who are seeking to change careers.

In classes conveniently offered in the evening and taught by our experienced faculty, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the state-mandated standards for teachers. You’ll then translate theory into practice through hands-on practicum experiences in one of the region’s middle or secondary public schools. In fact, your studies culminate in a semester-long student-teaching practicum under the supervision of a teacher. Or you’ll be supervised by a WSU faculty member at your job site, if you’re employed with a preliminary teacher license.

At WSU, our Education Department has a long history of teacher education, and graduates of the post-baccalaureate certificate program are ready to meet the challenges of teaching in today’s diverse middle and secondary public schools. Most graduates continue their studies toward professional teacher licensure, and credits earned through this program are easily transferred to WSU’s Master of Education programs in Middle School Education or Secondary Education.

Which department am I in?

Worcester State University

Study options

Full Time (24 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$4,056.00 per year
USD $169 per credit
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street,



01602, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the chosen content area. A preliminary license in the desired content area or a passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in the content area is also acceptable for admission to the program if a candidate holds a bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Sciences or an inter-disciplinary major.

Applicants from countries outside of the United States in which English is not the language of instruction, must also submit a score of 61 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The application deadline for Fall semester (September start): June 15; Spring semester (January start): November 1.

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