Teachers in Massachusetts earn wages higher than in most of the nation. According to a May 2014 wage report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massachusetts was the 5th-highest state for both elementary and secondary school wages and 4th-highest state for middle school wages.
Students who are interested in becoming a teacher or in obtaining additional certifications have many schools and teaching programs from which to choose.
In Massachusetts, there are various graduate and post baccalaureate certification programs both online and on campus.
Bay Path University in Longmeadow offers Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with majors in elementary education (1-6) and early childhood education (PK-2). BPU also has a Biology Secondary Education program that prepares students to teach biology to grades 9-12. Graduates can also teach biology in states other than Massachusetts once they’re passed the licensure requirements for the particular state.
Eastern Nazarene College has 4-year bachelor degree programs for initial licensure in early childhood education (PreK-2); elementary education (1-6); secondary education; and teacher of students with moderate disabilities (PreK-8 and grades 5-12). In addition to the major listed above, students can also choose second majors in specific subjects like mathematics, history, chemistry or music.
The bachelor degree programs at Fitchburg State University not only offer various majors but also offers both concentrations and minors so students can alter the studies towards their individual career goals and focus on the certifications they wish to earn.
Since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the need for highly trained teachers with master degrees has never been higher. Master degree programs provide teachers with better classroom skills and more educational theory and hands-on training. Massachusetts has several colleges offering master and graduate degree teaching programs to help teachers meet the academic demands. Bay Path University offers master degree programs in curriculum and instruction and special education.
Eastern Nazarene College offers a Master of Education program that gives students the choice of early childhood, elementary or moderate disabilities. ENC also offers master degree programs in higher education administration and early childhood education and care.
Bay Path University has a 100% online master degree program in higher education administration that can be completed in less than two years.. This 36-credit program is for professionals who want careers as administrators in high schools or colleges. UMassOnline, the online division of the University of Massachusetts offers many online programs at both the bachelor and master degree levels. They also offer online certificate programs requiring as few as 12 credits to complete.
Fitchburg State University has a wide selection of online and hybrid special education degree and certificate programs. These programs are offered as both licensure and non-licensure options. In addition, FSU offers various master degree teaching programs through online education. Framingham State University and Lesley University also offer varieties of online teaching programs.