Framingham State University offers educator licensure programs approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Individuals interested in teaching in public schools must obtain an Initial license by completing an approved program for the license. A candidate who successfully completes an approved Initial licensure program and who meets all licensing requirements is eligible for endorsement for the full Initial license in Massachusetts.
Initial Licensure Programs for Undergraduate Students
Undergraduates who are interested in completing a teacher licensure program as part of their undergraduate degree program select from either a coordinate major in education or a secondary education minor. Undergraduates interested in teaching early childhood (grades PreK-2) or elementary (grades 1-6) in public schools select a coordinate major Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Undergraduate students who are interested in teaching a discipline-specific subject select a secondary education minor in the discipline. Secondary education minors are available in the following areas (licensure grade level options are identified in the parentheses): Biology (5-8 or 8-12), Chemistry (8-12), Earth Science (5-8), English (5-8 or 8-12), French (5-12), History (5-8 or 8-12), Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12), Spanish (5-12) and Visual Art (PreK-8 or 5-12).
Initial Licensure Programs: Non-Degree Options
Individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree may select our Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (PBTL) program. This non-degree option allows students to complete an approved licensure program without completing a second bachelor's degree. The PBTL program leads to licensure in Early Childhood (grades PreK-2), Elementary (grades 1-6), or in one of the following subject areas (licensure grade level options are noted in the parentheses): Biology (5-8 or 8-12), Chemistry (8-12), Earth Science (5-8), English (5-8 or 8-12), French (5-12), History (5-8 or 8-12), Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12), Spanish (5-12) and Visual Art (PreK-8 or 5-12).
Initial Licensure Programs: Master's Degree Options
Framingham State University offers select Initial licensure programs at the master's degree level through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. Programs are available in the following licensure areas: Reading, English as a Second Language (PreK-6 or 5-12), Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12), and Instructional Technology. Candidates who complete an Initial licensure program at this level will hold a master's degree and the Initial license upon completion of all degree and licensure requirements.
Note: FSU is no longer accepting applicants for educational administration licenses: Principal/Assistant Principal or Supervisor/Director.