M.Ed. and CAGS

Middle School (5-8) / Secondary Education (8-12)

with Initial License

In-Person 33 - 36 credits * 2 years

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*if using financial aid

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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 candidates with a bachelor’s degree with an arts and sciences (BA) major who wish to obtain an initial teaching license in the middle or secondary level. Programs in the following subject areas available for licensure:

Middle School Level: General Science (5-8) ; English (5-8) ; History (5-8) ; Mathematics (5-8) ; Foreign Language- Spanish (5-12).

Secondary School Level: Biology (8-12); Chemistry (8-12); English (8-12); History (8-12); Mathematics (8-12); Foreign Language-Spanish (5-12).

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates will be able to design, administer and practice high quality instruction and assessments in the middle/ secondary academic classroom.

  • Candidates will be able to understand and promote the learning and growth of all middle school students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, safe classrooms, and cultural proficiency.

  • Candidates will be able to create and apply effective partnerships with families, community members and organizations in promoting learning and growth of all students.

  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate the capacity to reflect on and improve their own practice in order to improve teaching and learning.

Program Length

  • The licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 36 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 non-licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 33 credits. This includes a field-based research course 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 & Literacy and subject matter portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are 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.