MEd Courses and Degree Requirements

The 36-credit Master of Education (MEd) Degree program is designed to meet the Standards for Professional Educators issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education for Initial Licensure in teaching in the elementary level (grades 1-6).

The 30-credit non-licensure Master of Education (MEd) concentration focuses on the teaching and learning process in educational contexts where students customize their educational research or concentration to meet their career goals.

Required Courses- Elementary Initial Licensure

Required core courses (6)

  • EDUC 5115 Documenting and Assessing Student Learning
  • EDUC 5200 Complexities of Urban Education
  • EDUC 5207 Learning, Teaching/Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 5018 Behavior Management
  • EDUC 5625 The School as Community
  • EDUC 5318 Educating Diverse Students

Elementary Licensure Track courses (4)

  • EDUC5202 Literacy * Focus: Reading /Writing  
  • EDUC5206 Explorations in Math Education (STEM)
  • EDUC 5300: Sheltered English Instruction   
  • EDUC 5905 Educational Tech/Media

Student Teaching Practicum

  • EDUC 5467: Practicum and Seminar (6 credits)

The Master of Education (MEd) Degree program culminates with the Student Teaching Practicum EDUC 5467. Attendance in a practicum seminar is required. Students must complete all degree requirements and pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) to receive initial license. This practicum is designed to culminate the student’s degree program and represents a key opportunity for program assessment.

Required Courses- Non-Licensure

M.Ed. Non-licensure candidates take six (6) required core courses, three (3) electives, and complete a (1) capstone experience. 

Required core courses (6)

  • EDUC 5115 Documenting and Assessing Student Learning
  • EDUC 5200 Complexities of Urban Education
  • EDUC 5207 Learning, Teaching/Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 5018 Behavior Management
  • EDUC 5625 The School as Community
  • EDUC 5318 Educating Diverse Students

Candidates choose three (3) electives and a (1) capstone experience from the following concentrations:

Research - The Research electives focuses on the teaching and learning processes in educational contexts where students customize their educational research to meet their career goals. 

  • EDUC 5128 Critical Inquiry: Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC  5307 Research in Content Area
  • EDUC  5308 Research Capstone       


Instructional Technology (IT)- The IT electives prepares educators to integrate technologies into teaching and learning. All courses are offered online.

  • EDUC 5903 Instructional Design and Practices  OL
  • EDUC 5905 Educational Technology and Media  OL
  • EDUC 5907 Capstone Experience OL

Moderate Disabilities- The Moderate Disability electives focus on advanced pedagogy, assessment, and current curriculum strategies in working with students with exceptionalities.

  • EDUC 5018:  Behavior Management    
  • EDUC 5750:  Teaching Students with Disabilities    
  • EDUC 5762:  Moderate Disabilities Internship Capstone

English Language Learners / ELL focuses on the current foundational and pedagogical strategies needed to effectively serve those who are learning English as a second language.

  • EDUC 5202:   Literacy :Focus: Reading /Writing   
  • EDUC 5418:   Literacy/Language Development  
  • EDUC 5518:   ELL Internship Capstone

Licensure Information

Candidates must pass the following Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to formal acceptance into the student teaching practicum:

Elementary candidates:

  • Communication and Literacy (01)
  • General Curriculum—multi-subject and math subtests (03)
  • Foundations of Reading (90)

This is an initial licensure program. As such, the program of study, for our Master Of Education degree, is subject to change to reflect implementation of new Massachusetts licensure requirements.

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