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 help you research and find the best program for you, we have created this guide to teaching schools in Massachusetts that includes a table of top-rated teaching programs, 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.

Schools with Teaching Programs

  • There are 68 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Massachusetts.1
  • 19 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 41 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 43 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1

Institutional Facts for Schools with Teaching Programs

  • Highest graduation rate*: Harvard University 97%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Cambridge College 49%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Berklee College of Music $41,296.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Massachusetts-Boston $11,966.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Massachusetts *: $10,376 -$41,619.2
  • 1 school was in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: University of Massachusetts-Amherst (#46 in-state, #52 out-of-state).
  • 6 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: Harvard University (#1), Boston College (#23), Boston University (#36), University of Massachusetts-Amherst (#41), University of Massachusetts-Boston (#74), University of Massachusetts-Lowell (#161).
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: University of Massachusetts-Lowell (#16), University of Massachusetts-Amherst (#101), University of Massachusetts-Boston (#163).
  • 13 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Massachusetts according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
American International CollegeNo163450650%$20,362
Anna Maria CollegeNo413297%$28,050
Assumption CollegeNo21%46%10778100%$29,387
Bay Path UniversityNo11096100%$22,012
Becker CollegeNo2618$30,485
Berklee College of MusicNo10428100%$41,296
Boston CollegeYes74%93%51531293%$27,167
Boston UniversityNo41350495%$31,539
Brandeis UniversityNo1058284%$32,148
Bridgewater State UniversityYes67%276775899%$15,737
Cambridge CollegeYes36013499%$20,346
Clark UniversityNo2778100%$26,350
College of the Holy CrossNo301874%$26,965
Curry CollegeNo1315899%$30,581
Eastern Nazarene CollegeNo1%8%984874%$19,349
Elms CollegeNo3%13158100%$23,846
Emerson CollegeNo22415484%$39,263
Emmanuel CollegeNo204114$31,891
Endicott CollegeNo32%31618293%$34,509
Fitchburg State UniversityYes67%34219291%$14,361
Framingham State UniversityYes21%69%22421899%$17,039
Gordon CollegeNo98%43219896%$29,244
Harvard UniversityNo4364100%$16,205
Hellenic CollegeNo397%$21,305
Lasell CollegeNo1344481%$25,893
Lesley UniversityYes70666098%$29,276
Massachusetts College of the Liberal ArtsNo16%6250100%
Merrimack CollegeNo2%18%268178$33,003
Mount Holyoke CollegeNo316294%$27,234
Mount Ida CollegeNo37$25,947
Northeastern UniversityNo13715495%$29,998
Regis CollegeNo3424$27,777
Salem State UniversityYes17032297%$16,556
Simmons CollegeNo87%17535696%$29,781
Smith CollegeNo49%377685%$24,258
Springfield CollegeNo34%149228100%$28,368
Stonehill CollegeNo23078100%$31,010
Suffolk UniversityNo12$30,498
Tufts UniversityNo4510298%$28,076
University of Massachusetts-AmherstYes23734099%$20,093
University of Massachusetts-BostonYes21837097%$11,966
University of Massachusetts-DartmouthNo11276100%$16,898
University of Massachusetts-LowellYes856297%$18,348
Wellesley CollegeNo1226100%$20,013
Western New England UniversityNo412285%$29,109
Westfield State UniversityYes107531299%$15,593
Wheaton CollegeNo392677%$32,821
Wheelock CollegeYes30519094%$29,133
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNo1710$40,666
Worcester State UniversityYes38%8%589202100%$15,603

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

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 who have authored books, conducted high-level speeches, and been showcased in documentaries and movies.

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

  • Boston College
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Cambridge College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Lesley University
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheelock College
  • Worcester State University

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

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American International College
1000 State St
Springfield, MA 1109
(413) 737-7000

Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Ln
Paxton, MA 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

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

Berkshire Community College*
1350 West St
Pittsfield, MA

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

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

Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215
(617) 353-2000

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

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

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
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 University
131 Summer St
Bridgewater, MA 2325
(508) 531-1000

Bristol Community College*
777 Elsbree St
Fall River, MA 02720-7395
(508) 678-2811

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

Emerson College
120 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116-4624
(617) 824-8500

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

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

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

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

Gordon College
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 1984
(978) 927-2300

Greenfield Community College*
One College Dr
Greenfield, MA 01301-9739
(413) 775-1000

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

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 Blvd
Brockton, MA 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100

Middlesex Community College*
Springs Rd
Bedford, MA 01730-9124
(978) 656-3200

Nichols College
Center Rd
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560

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

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

Northern Essex Community College*
100 Elliott St
Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
(978) 556-3000

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

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

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

Springfield College
263 Alden St
Springfield, MA 01109-3797
(413) 748-3116

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

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

Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155-5555
(617) 628-5000

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA 1003
(413) 545-0111

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 about 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

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

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

Westfield State College
577 Western Ave
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300

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

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

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
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