Post-baccalaureate Program Leading to an Initial Teaching License
Westfield State University has a history and abiding commitment of preparing educators who serve the educational needs of prekindergarten through secondary school students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shared vision of Westfield’s education programs is articulated as “Educators as Leaders Building Learning Communities.” Themes that support this vision are community building, reflective practice, diversity, and social justice.
Westfield State University teacher education programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Westfield is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Westfield State is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in 2020.
Post-baccalaureate programs leading to teaching licensure are offered through the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, and are designed for individuals holding a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain an initial teaching license, without obtaining an additional degree. Post-baccalaureate initial licensure programs are offered in
Biology 8-12, Initial Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Early Childhood PreK-2, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Elementary 1-6, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
English 5-12, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
History 5-12 Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Mathematics 5-8* or 8-12, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Moderate Disabilities 5-12, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Music Education, All Levels, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
Physical Education PreK-8 and 5-12, Initial, Post-baccalaureate Licensure
*Programs marked with an asterisk are not accepting new candidates as of spring 2016.
Applicants may be required to take additional courses and/or document professional experiences in the cognate area of the license, in addition to the pedagogical and professional courses required for licensure. See Programs of Study for individual programs.
Students who satisfactorily complete program requirements leading to a teaching license are recommended for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Education. Program requirements include completion of all coursework, passage of Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs) and completion of a practicum experience.
A. Prerequisite coursework or experience
Content knowledge in the following areas must be documented in the student’s undergraduate academic record. Any gaps in coverage must be fulfilled as determined by the student’s graduate advisor. Courses referenced below are from the Westfield undergraduate program, but equivalent coursework from another institution will be accepted.
Coursework meeting subject matter outcomes:
- ART 0106 Art Survey OR
ART 0104 Design Fundamentals
- MUSC 0101 Music Appreciation OR
MUSC 0110 Basic Music Theory
(ENGL 0104 Intro to Theatre may be substituted for art or music course)
- HIST 0131 US History & Government to 1865
- PHYS 0101 Physical Science
- PSYC 0101 Intro to Psychology (prerequisite to PSYC 0202)
- BIOL 0102 Environmental Biology OR
BIOL 0104 Human Biology OR
BIOL 0106 Biology Today
- MATH 0153 Foundations: Number Systems OR
MATH 0251 Foundations: Geometry OR
MATH 0252 Foundations: Data Analysis & Probability
- GPS 0210 Cultural Geography OR
GPS 0101 World Regional Geography
- HIST 0213 World History to 1600
- Mathematics or Science Elective
- ENGL 0215 Major American Writers
- ENGL 0221 World Lit. to 1750 OR
ENGL 0222 World Lit. since 1750 OR
Other World Lit. course that includes British Lit.
ECON 0101 Principles of Macroeconomics OR
ECON 0102 Principles of Microeconomics
A 30-hour diversity experience is required before or during practicum.
Students must pass the required MTEL subject matter tests (General Curriculum and Foundations of Reading) and have a GPA of 2.8 for admission to practicum.
Practicum placements are generally within a 30-mile radius of the university unless otherwise specified and approved.