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In Massachusetts, teachers need to earn their Professional Licensure after they’ve taught for 5 years in a public school. A Professional Licensure helps you deepen your content knowledge and strengthen your teaching practices. 

Our MAT-Professional Licensure program combines five advanced pedagogy courses along with five content courses, and has the flexibility to allow you to earn credit toward licensure in Special Education or English as a Second Language

For students who have already earned their masters degree, we offer the opportunity to advance your teaching license. Our program provides you with the content courses needed to earn a Professional Licensure. Students are eligible for their professional licensure if they:

  • hold an Initial License from another institution
  • have obtained an Initial license through a district-based program
  • have same area and level as Initial License

MAT students can prepare for professional licensure in:

  • Biology, grades 8-12
  • Chemistry, grades 8-12
  • English, grades 5-8
  • English, grades 8-12
  • French, grades 5-12
  • General Science, grades 5-8
  • History, grades 5-8
  • History, grades 8-12
  • Mathematics, grades 5-8
  • Mathematics, grades 8-12
  • Physics, grades 8-12
  • Portuguese, grades 5-12
  • Spanish, grades 5-12

Student success

Stephanie Chenard '19, '20, '22
Stephanie Chenard '19, '20, '22: Writing your own story

Psychology BA, MA, and Master of Teaching student earns three degrees in her forties.

UMassD School of Education mean starting salary:

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UMassD advantages

4+1 BA/BS-MAT: a fast track to teaching

UMass Dartmouth undergraduates may enroll in up to 15 credits of graduate-level education courses in place of five free electives in their undergraduate program. These five courses complete half the master's degree as an undergraduate, significantly reducing the time and costs associated with earning a graduate degree.

Learn more about 4+1 BA/BS-MAT at UMass Dartmouth


University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Submit an application via the online portal. Be sure to provide your full legal name and to capitalize the first letter of all proper nouns.
  • Pay non-refundable $60 application fee (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) via the online portal. For Nursing applicants, the non-refundable application fee is $75.
  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required. International students applying with an transcript evaluation, please submit that document with your unofficial transcripts. International applicants for Data Science must submit semester-by-semester transcripts as well as consolidated transcripts. 
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. We require an overall/total minimum score of 72 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS or a 52 on the Pearsons PTE Academic for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Some programs require higher minimum scores (see program-specific requirements). Most programs also accept the Duolingo with a minimum score of 95. The following programs do not accept the Duolingo: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Psychology: Clinical, and Public Policy. 
  • All official documents are required for enrollment, please have documents (ie. test scores) sent prior to the expiration. 

Program-specific requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration.

  • International students are not eligible for this program. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • The statement of purpose should be approximately 1-2 pages in length and describe your beliefs about teaching and learning and why you have chosen teaching as a profession.
  • MTEL results are currently not required for admission.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from someone who can attest to your ability/potential as a teacher. Applicants will be required to provide the recommenders name and email address so we can contact the recommender for the letter of recommendation.
  • Copy of Initial License (Professional Licensure Program application requirement only).


Program deadlines

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