Graduate School of Education

Middle/High School Teaching License

Secondary Education - Middle and High School 

There are four routes to becoming a secondary education teacher, which provide flexibility for those who wish to pursue a teaching program on a full-time or part-time basis. Also our program accommodates candidates who are teaching on a preliminary license. All programs are 30 credits, consisting of 21 credits of course work, a prepracticum and a 9 credit practicum.

Routes to Teaching

Program Audience Admissions MTEL Programs of Study (pdf)

Route IFast Track to Teaching program (pdf) Middle/Secondary Programs Only (Plus One Program)

UMass Lowell Undergraduates Middle / Secondary Programs Only 

Appropriate Undergraduate preparation 3.0 GPA MTEL Tests

Application Deadline:

  1. Dec. 1 of senior year
  2. April 1
  3. Aug. 1
  4. Teaching full-time in the role of the license for one semester in public school.
    Preliminary License
    April 15 for summer or Aug. 1 for fall

Communication and Literacy (01) reading and writing subtests

Subject test in discipline:

Biology (13)

Chemistry (12)

English (07)

History (06)

Mathematics (09)

Physics (11)

Must be successfully completed for admission.

Middle/High School English

Middle/High School History

Middle/High School Mathematics

Middle/High School Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, General Science

Route II - Initial Licensure, Middle/Secondary Programs Only, 12 months (Summer, Fall, Spring)

Graduates of accredited colleges and universities seeking both a MA license as an Elementary (grades 1-6) teacher and as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities (PK-8)
Route III - Middle/Secondary Programs Only, 18 months (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall)
Route IV - Alternative Licensure Program, Middle/Secondary Programs Only, 3 years maximum allowed, for candidates who are teaching as the "teacher of record" on a preliminary license in a middle or high school in Massachusetts

Options III and IV can be completed as part-time students. Courses generally begin at 4 p.m. There will be occasional school visits beyond course meeting times.

Information about MTEL tests can be found at

For admission and online application to the degree go to Graduate Admissions. YOU DO NOT SPECIFY THE “ROUTE” ON THE APPLICATION FORM.


Admissions Requirements (pdf) for Secondary Education Options I, II, III and IV