M.Ed. and CAGS

Elementary Education w/ Initial License

Grade Levels 1-6

In-Person 39 credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Entire program conducted in or near your school

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE tests

No weekend classes


This program is designed for those candidates who hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree and are seeking initial licensure to teach students at the elementary level, grades 1-6.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, evaluate, and articulate an in-depth knowledge and best practices for elementary school curriculum.
  • Demonstrate, design, and implement appropriate instructional adaptations including assistive technology to address the learning styles of diverse student populations.
  • Analyze school based data to select, create, implement, and assess objectives and learning outcomes for students using state, national, or district level curriculum.
  • Examine and design a learning environment that is developmentally appropriate, safe, and culturally sensitive (including ELL) and addresses the needs of students with special needs (including disabled children).

Program Length

  • The licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 39 credits. This includes a 300 hour practicum in an approved Massachusetts public school setting as well as an SEI course. Candidates seeking endorsement for initial teacher licensure must successfully complete the course sequence and submit passing scores on all required MTEL sections prior to entering their final practicum experience. The Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) is used to assess the overall readiness of the teacher candidate.
  • The non-licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 36 credits. This includes a field-based research course and completing an action-based research as the culminating experience.

Admissions Requirements

  • The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Students with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Passage of the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is required for the licensure track.
  • For a full list of application requirements, please refer to page 2 of the student information packet.
Please Note:

* Total credit hours are as of 1-28-18 and reflect entry into the 2018-2019 academic year. Credit totals are subject to change in accordance with AIC institution and DESE requirements.