M.Ed. On Campus Online

Elementary Education (initial licensure)

Fitchburg State University

30 months
319 USD/credit 4976 USD/year
319 USD/credit 4976 USD/year
334 USD/credit 5210 USD/year
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The M.Ed. in Elementary Education (initial licensure) at Fitchburg State University is designed for those individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree but without an initial license who wish to acquire the competencies and requirements for the initial license in elementary education.


The Initial Licensure Concentration aims to enable candidates to:

  • Acquire the competencies and habits of mind of effective teaching
  • Reflect on historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives related to current educational issues and practice
  • Examine empirical research and engage in the scientific reasoning process
  • Acquire and apply advanced knowledge of child development theory and research in the design and implementation of education curricula, practices and environments
  • Acquire knowledge of how children develop as thinkers and learners
  • Acquire and apply advanced knowledge of emerging, research-based educational principles in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the educational environment and instructional program
  • Become more aware of societal demands on the curriculum as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students
  • Investigate effective educational partnership models, which focus on family strengths, circumstances and cultural experiences
  • Demonstrate effective strategies and techniques for working with diverse populations of students in integrated learning environments
  • Examine the shared values, ethics, purposes and commitments, which bond the educational community
  • Acquire a professional orientation of collegiality and support, whereby contributions can be made to the improvement of education through the construction of knowledge and applications

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this Elementary Education (initial licensure) program offered by Fitchburg State University and endorsement for licensure through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the candidate is eligible to teach children at the elementary school level (1-6) in both private and public settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Education Foundations: Theory and Practice 
  •  Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Regular Education
  •  Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)
  •  Strategies for Creating an Effective Learning Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.


39 alternative credits


On Campus, Online
  • Self-paced, Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings, Regular mandatory meetings

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) or copy of initial teaching license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
  • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
  • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • National

    4976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • In-State

    5210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 334 USD per credit during 30 months.

Living costs for Fitchburg

918 - 1900 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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