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The Education Department prepares educators and leaders through clinical experiences and research based practices in order to enable them to meet the challenges of a more diverse, technological and global society.  We promote equity, excellence and social justice in a culture of collaboration. Graduates share a passion for learning, a commitment to community, and a determination to make a difference.

Teacher Preparation Programs

Note: The Massachusetts state regulations for licensing may continue to change. Thus, requirements for completing education majors in preparation for licensure may also be modified as the department responds to changes in licensing regulations.

The teacher preparation program complies with Massachusetts licensing requirements and with those of the Interstate Certification Compact, with licensing reciprocity in 42 states. Massachusetts requires that all candidates for licensing in all programs in education pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). In order for a candidate to receive a license, that person must 1) successfully complete all course and initial licensing requirements of the Simmons program; 2) be recommended for licensure by public school and college faculty at the conclusion of the practicum; and 3) pass all appropriate sections of the MTEL. Candidates seeking out-of-state licensure may additionally be asked to take a similar examination required by that state. Department administrators are available to discuss specific licensing information.

An initial license will be awarded upon recommendation to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after completion of a baccalaureate with a major in one of the liberal arts and sciences as well as in education. The programs below comply with the requirements of the initial license.

The Department of Education offers the following teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate level:

  • Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School, English, History, Political Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish and French.
  • English as a Second Language *
  • Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 and 5-12)*
  • Severe Disabilities (All levels) *
  • Kathleen Dunn Scholars (integrated bachelor's-master's program). Many students opt to become Dunn Scholars and complete their programs in 5 years.

* Students wishing to become licensed in these fields must enroll in the five-year Dunn Scholarship Program.