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Associate in Arts

Education Concentration

The Education concentration prepares students for transfer to complete their bachelor's degree and become licensed to teach at the middle and high school level. Candidates for middle or high school licensure are required to minor in middle or high school education and major in the subject area they plan to teach.

Students must graduate with a minimum 2.75 GPA and attain a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (CLST) portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educators Licensure (MTEL) before their planned entrance to the bachelor institution to be accepted directly into an education program.

For students planning to teach in Massachusetts public schools, please refer to the Education Licensure Requirements. Refer to information regarding Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

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First SemesterCredits
ENL101 English Composition I 3
  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 (or) 4
COM103   Human Communications 3
PSY101 General Psychology 3
    Elective* 3
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102   English Composition II 3
    Natural or Physical Science 4
  Adolescent Psychology (or)
Developmental Psychology: The Life Span**
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    Concentration Elective 3
Third SemesterCredits
    Natural or Physical Science 3 (or) 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts*** 3
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Elective* 3
Fourth SemesterCredits
    Concentration Elective 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Elective* 3
    Elective* 2–3
Total Credits 60–61

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

*The elective credits may be courses in the intended teaching area, or if you know what bachelor institution you plan to attend, then choosing courses that would satisfy general education requirements at that institution would be beneficial.

**PSY233 is a requirement for Bridgewater State University's Education program.

***Students should choose a literature or foreign language for this area, depending on the general education requirements of the bachelor institution they plan to attend.

Note: The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements.


A student should work closely with the Transfer Advisor to assure course choices align with the student's transfer and career goals.

Students completing a bachelor's degree in middle or high school education will be required to take the MTEL test in the subject area they plan to teach. After passing this test, they will receive initial licensure and be ready to enter the teaching profession. Students must obtain a master's degree within five years to receive professional licensure. Students will be eligible to teach in public and private schools in grades 5–8 or 8–12 depending on which licensure track they pursue.

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See also: What can I do with this major?

Contact Social Science, Behavioral Science and Human Service Department

Wendy Hammond, Administrative Assistant
Location MM Wilkens Hall, Room 237
Phone 774.330.4361