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Massachusetts Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher preparation programs in Massachusetts provides useful information for anyone looking to become a teacher in the state. There are several colleges and universities that offer programs that prepare aspiring teachers for a future in the classroom. In order to research and find the best program for you, we have created this guide of teaching schools in Massachusetts as well as a list of accredited teacher preparation programs and student reviews. For anyone looking for a teaching degree in Massachusetts, this guide should help you find a qualified program that fits your career goals of becoming a teacher.

School Facts:

  • There are 74 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Massachusetts.1
  • 44 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Harvard University, 97%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Massachusetts-Boston, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Berklee College of Music, $40,145.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Massachusetts-Boston, $10,940.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Massachusetts *: $13,240 -$ 44,666.2
  • Two schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Massachusetts-Amherst (62), Massachusetts College of Art and Design (99).
  • Nine schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Harvard University (1), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6), Tufts University (28), Brandeis University (33), Boston University (51), Northeastern University (56), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (65), Clark University (83), University of Massachusetts-Amherst (97).
  • Nine teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Boston College: Boston College is home to the Lynch School of Education that has been in full operation to enhance the human condition through education and learning for more than a half century. The school has actively grown throughout the years and today offers 60 full time faculty members, more than 35 part-time faculty members and nearly 60 researchers to provide quality instruction to 800 undergraduates and nearly 1,000 graduate students. The School of Education combines 25 academic programs within the education realm, along with human development and psychology. The Lynch School has earned recognition for its continual research in social problems commonly faced within the educational environment, such as discrimination and ignorance. Students are exposed to the sets of social problems that greatly impact communities through coursework, hands-on activities and internships.

Harvard University: Even the name Harvard University offers a sense of prestige like no other school in the world, and its College of Education is no different. The department is prestigious, well respected and often recognized as one of the leaders in the industry. The Graduate School of Education at Harvard confers a number of program offerings within the master of education degree (Ed.M.) including such areas of study as Higher Education, School Leadership and Teacher Education Program. Doctoral degrees include the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree and the Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) degree. 21st century leaders in education are prepared at Harvard through the integration of intellectual studies and professional resources that only the top Ivy League school can offer. Classes are taught by world-renowned research faculty that authored books, conducted high level speeches and been showcased in documentaries and movies.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and ranked 1,100 US college programs that prepare teachers for a professional career in the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the evaluation results, only two teacher programs in Massachusetts were awarded “honor roll” status with 3 stars or higher. For more information, read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Massachusetts received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Fitchburg State University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Gordon College (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Bridgewater State University (Graduate Elementary) 0stars
    Lesley University (Graduate Elementary) 0stars
    University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth Graduate Elementary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Boston College
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Lesley University
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheelock College

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Massachusetts

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

American International College
1000 State Street
Springfield, MA 1109
(413) 737-7000
www.aic.edu

Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300
www.annamaria.edu

Atlantic Union College
338 Main St
South Lancaster, MA 01561-1000
(978) 368-2000

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 2215
(617) 747-2222

Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street,
Pittsfield, MA
www.berkshirecc.edu

Student Review: “Berkshire Community College’s Early Childhood Education program has been great. The campus may look like a bomb shelter, but within those thick cement walls is the most under appreciated faculty west of Boston. Many of my professors formally worked at Boston universities and are providing the same curriculum at a quarter of the price and a quarter of the class size. The greatest experience, however, has been hands-on. Within the campus is a preschool that I get to work with three days a week and has provided me with so much more knowledge than any book or speaker could have. Another wonderful aspect of the program is that the professors, because they are virtually retirees, are willing to work so much more with us one on one at almost any time regardless of any set office hours. I think that the most important part of a teaching program is human interaction with young and old and BCC has provided the perfect balance of the two.” -James H., student at Berkshire Community College
stars-5

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 2467
(617) 552-8000
www.bc.edu

Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215
(617) 353-2000
www.bu.edu

Student Review: “Attending Boston University has been an okay experience for me. I like that there are so many different course options. But there are also so many students at the school that a lot of the times courses are full before the underclassmen even get a chance to register. I really dislike that there are so many students at the school. It’s way too big for my taste. Also I dislike the physical layout of the school. It doesn’t have a campus feel to it because it’s basically just located in the middle of the city. There really is no distinctive Boston University campus in that regard. This was a major downside for me. The dorm rooms are also not that great. I feel like if I pay more than 50,000 dollars a year to attend a school they could at least make the effort to offer nice housing. One thing that I do like about BU is that there are a lot of resources for students on campus. They really do try to help you out a lot with things like financial aid and finding a job during the school year.” -Shacoria R., student at Boston University
stars-3

Brandeis University
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2000
www.brandeis.edu

Student Review: “I had an overall good experience at Brandeis. It was the perfect place for me right out of high school and it was easy to feel comfortable. Unfortunately, sometimes the ‘Brandeis Bubble’ feels stifling. Fortunately, Brandeis offers free buses on the weekends and there’s a Brandeis University commuter rail stop. While Waltham is close to Boston, it’s sometimes difficult to get into the city during the weekdays without a car. Brandeis has some of the best professors in existence. It’s lacking a bit on the quality of food on campus and the dorms though.” -Tatiana T., student at Brandeis University
stars-4
Student Review: “Brandeis was not the best experience for me. I thought it was going to be a very nice place to be, but unfortunately it was not. The people there in general are nerds. If you want a social life, Brandeis really is not the place for you. Most people stay in even on the weekends to study. Also, there is a general aura of rudeness in the air. The students, especially the wealthy ones (which is most) are very degrading and condescending. I made a few good friends don’t get me wrong, but in general the people were very disagreeable. Other than that, I did really enjoy the professors at the University. The classes were very academically challenging, but the professor’s passion for their subjects really shone through all of the work. Overall, I am deciding to transfer from Brandeis because I hated it so much. You definitely have to be a very specific type of person to thrive there.” -Vanessa B., student at Brandeis University

Bridgewater State College
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 2325
(508) 531-1000
www.bridgew.edu

Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree St
Fall River, MA 02720-7395
(508) 678-2811
www.bristolcc.edu

Eastern Nazarene College
23 E Elm Ave
Quincy, MA 02170-2999
(617) 745-3000
www.enc.edu

Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
(617) 824-8500
www.emerson.edu

Endicott College
376 Hale St
Beverly, MA 1915
(978) 927-0585

Student Review: “Endicott College is a great community. The professors are very involved with all of their students and can always be found for extra help outside of class. The school also has many great events hosted by the Campus Activity Board (CAB). The President of the school is also extremely involved with many of the events and even hosts several at his home every year. The education received at Endicott really prepares you for your future through the multiple internships that are a requirement for graduation. Endicott promotes individual growth for its students, but also creates a family atmosphere in the classrooms. One of the drawbacks from the school is that the Internet is inconsistent. Also, there are more students with cars on campus than there are parking spaces, so it is very difficult to find a place to park.” -Christopher J., student at Endicott College
stars-5

Fitchburg State College
160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151
www.fsc.edu

Student Review: “My experience with the Fitchburg State University teaching program were overwhelmingly positive. All of the teachers in the program were approachable and understood my special needs, and assisted me in passing my courses. The work they supplied me with was challenging, but fitting. The material was broad and varied, allowing me the option of focusing on many aspects of literature. I found it a little disheartening, though, that the university took very little advantage of the McKay school, which is just on campus, in its curriculum. Perhaps it was only my interest in secondary education, but regardless, it would have been better to use it than have to send students down to the high school, which is in an out of the way location. Overall, it was a wonderful time.” -Shannon G., student at Fitchburg State College
stars-5

Framingham State College
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
(508) 620-1220

Gordon College-Wenham
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 1984
(978) 927-2300
www.gordon.edu

Greenfield Community College
One College Dr
Greenfield, MA 01301-9739
(413) 775-1000
www.gcc.mass.edu

Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459-2237
(617) 559-8600
www.hebrewcollege.edu

Lesley University
29 Everett St
Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5882
(617) 879-7000

Massasoit Community College
One Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100

Middlesex Community College-Bedford
Springs Rd
Bedford, MA 01730-9124
(978) 656-3200
www.middlesex.mass.edu

Nichols College
Center Rd
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560
www.nichols.edu

North Shore Community College
1 Ferncroft Rd
Danvers, MA 01923-0840
(508) 762-4000

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5000
(617) 373-2000
www.northeastern.edu

Student Review: “Northeastern University has been an amazing experience for me. From an academic perspective, there is a huge variety of classes available ranging over hundreds of diverse majors. Class sizes tend to be smaller once you get past the normal freshman requirements, which there aren’t too many of anyways. In two years I’ve only ever had one truly bad professor, the rest have ranged from decent to superb. All of them are very friendly and approachable, and more than willing to discuss material both class related and not at their office hours, which are usually convenient. I’ve never had a problem with unreasonable professors demanding too much or thinking their students have nothing to do all day but type papers. Co-op is great; you’ll love earning money, and there are lots of options to pick from. You don’t need to limit yourself to jobs traditionally in your major, you can reach out and try different things to find what you like. The campus is absolutely beautiful, with many new buildings. Older buildings are being constantly renovated (that’s your high tuition bill at work). Freshman dorms are alright, amazing if you can get into International Village, and once you’re an upperclassman you have so many superb options to pick from. The food is excellent for college food, and there’s enough variety that you won’t get tired of what you’re eating. All in all, definitely consider NU.” -Justin K., student at Northeastern University
stars-4

Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
(978) 556-3000
www.necc.mass.edu

Regis College
235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493-1571
(781) 768-7000
www.regiscollege.edu

Salem State College
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 1970
(978) 542-6000

School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5596
(617) 267-6100

Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898
(617) 521-2000

Springfield College
263 Alden St
Springfield, MA 01109-3797
(413) 748-3116
www.spfldcol.edu

Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill
Boston, MA 02108-2770
(617) 573-8000

Student Review: “The education department at Suffolk University is one with very high esteem. It is a very organized department with teachers holding degrees from all over the country. The professors mostly hold masters degrees and many with doctoral degrees as well. They are very engaging and will help their students with anything they need. I found myself visiting their office hours many times per week with help with some of the work that I was facing difficulty with in class. One thing that stands out at this program is the fact that they bring in many guest speakers to the classroom experience. The beauty of it is that the guest speakers are usually graduates from this program that can bring a lot of great ideas to their students and real life experience to students who are somewhat afraid of what they will be encountering in their career. The one thing that I wish the university had more of is fellowship. The program should have meetings outside of the classroom with all students that are studying education to learn and grow from each other. Otherwise, I am very glad that I chose this path to study on.” -George M., student at Suffolk University
stars-5

The New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5018
(617) 585-1100
www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155-5555
(617) 628-5000
www.tufts.edu

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 1003
(413) 545-0111
www.umass.edu

Student Review: “Umass has been one of the best experiences of my life. Professors are easy to approach in and out of class. I’ve experienced working directly with professors and they work very hard to give a student every advantage possible but they are demanding. Umass is filled with hidden gems like corner shops, restaurants, a beautiful pond and surrounded by mountains. The weather can make it difficult to walk to class but it is worth it to be at such a huge school that always has something going on. I’ve been involved in several clubs and have found online communities of students to learn about new activities and clubs that are just starting (I’m excited for Archery club). The food served in the dining halls is award winning. I’ve been visited by friends who go to other schools and they rave about the food. Anyone considering Umass as their school should visit and eat at Berkshire dining hall. Umass has a nice balance of academic and party culture. You can always find a party but they are hidden out of view. The library is the second tallest in the United States and has every book you could ask for. My major focuses on research and I’ve spent plenty of time digging though the stacks and never come out disappointed. Umass is awesome.” -Peter M., student at University of Massachusetts Amherst
stars-5

University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000
www.umassd.edu

University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000

Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
(413) 782-3111
www1.wnec.edu

Westfield State College
577 Western Ave
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300
www.wsc.ma.edu

Wheelock College
200 the Riverway
Boston, MA 02215-4176
(617) 879-2000
www.wheelock.edu

Worcester State College
486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602-2597
(508) 929-8000
www.worcester.edu

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&sort=best