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School of Education Policies

General Policies


Students who may be in need of specialized accommodations and services that the University is able to provide must contact Disability Services in a timely manner in order that their specific needs may be determined and that the services which can be provided by the University may be discussed with them. The Office of Disability Services is located in University Crossing and may be contacted in person or by email at Students for whom accommodations are appropriate must present the instructor with official notification from Disability Services at the beginning of each course. Accommodations are not retroactive. Please visit the Disability Services website for further information.

Background Checks

Because this is a professional degree and teacher candidates will be working in local schools, they will be required to submit information for background checks (CORI – Criminal Offender Record Investigation). School districts may refuse to allow a student to complete field and clinical experiences if certain offences are revealed. These circumstances may result in students being unable to complete a teacher preparation program. In compliance with Massachusetts law, schools will also require that teacher candidates be fingerprinted prior to their student teaching practicum; some districts require fingerprinting for any field work conducted in their schools.

Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

In order to demonstrate their learning and be eligible for teaching licenses in Massachusetts, students will be required to pass the appropriate MTELs (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure). All MTEL examinations must be passed prior to the practicum.

  • 01 Communications and Literacy (composed of Reading and Writing sub-tests)
  • 03 General Curriculum (composed of Multi-Subject and Math sub-Tests)
  • 90 Foundations of Reading

Technical Requirements for Teaching