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Middle/Secondary Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) , MA,
M.Ed. Middle/Secondary candidates for Initial Licensure will complete a 36-credit program in a manner that satisfies the state regulations. Initial licensure is offered in the following disciplines: English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Latin & Classical Humanities, and Spanish.


Except for the foreign language content areas, all licenses are for grades 5-8 or 8-12. Foreign language licenses are for grades 5-12.

This course of study provides a developmental perspective as a starting place, follows with an inquiry into the issues that face contemporary educators and schools, looks at techniques for improving middle and secondary students' reading and writing across the curriculum, and examines research into methods of teaching middle/secondary school subjects. These courses, along with 75 hours of monitored fieldwork, constitute the pre-practicum. The capstone of the program for the initial licensure is the semester-long supervised practicum and the accompanying portfolio.

Competency I of the state’s regulations for licensure covers the knowledge base that teachers must bring to the classroom. For middle and secondary teachers, this is one of the disciplines taught in middle/high school (e.g., English, History, Spanish, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, etc.). Most commonly, middle/secondary teachers are licensed in the fields in which they hold their B.A. or B.S.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developmental Stages: From Childhood to Adolescence
  • Inclusion, K-12
  • Using Data to Plan Curriculum and Instruction
  • New Literacies and Emerging Technologies Across Content Areas
  • Sociocultural Foundations of Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

To apply for admission to graduate study at UMass Boston, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing, or an international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31425 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16115 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16115 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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