UMassD offers a path to become a middle or high school teacher. Our teacher preparation program enables qualified sophmores (30 undergrad credits, 3.0 overall GPA, 3.0 GPA in content area) at UMassD to enroll in up to 15 credits of graduate-level education courses in place of 5 free electives in your undergraduate program.
It is the discipline-specific knowledge you gain in your UMassD major that prepares you to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs). Once you pass the MTELS, you can apply for a provisional license and can begin teaching with your bachelor’s degree.
The UMassD graduate courses provide you with foundational knowledge about educational practice, and you begin your journey to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
Earn your BA/BS
The following majors are eligible for this program:
Finish your Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
You can apply to complete the MAT program in your final semester at UMassD. For students already in the teacher preparation program, enrolling for the UMassD MAT enables you apply the 15 credits of graduate-level education courses from undergraduate program. You then on need 15 more credits to earn your MAT.
Once you pass your MTELs, you have a provisional license and can begin teaching at the middle or high school level. Provisional licenses are valid for up to 5 years of employment while you complete your master’s in teaching (MAT). You can continue your master’s at UMassD, which will only require 15 more credits.