Teacher Licensure and the TTC
A master's degree is not essential to acquiring a teacher license under the Education Reform Act. Upon satisfactory completion of the TTC — even without the extra courses at Lesley or Tufts — and the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), graduates are able to obtain their initial license in early childhood, elementary, middle school humanities or middle school math/science education.
Once licensed in Massachusetts, teachers are eligible for certification in 40 other states under the reciprocal interstate agreement.
Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University
Collaborations with Lesley University enable apprentices to also earn master's degrees in early childhood, elementary and middle school education. Apprentices who wish to earn a master's degree concurrently with their TTC work must complete application processes through both the TTC and Lesley University.Master of Arts - Tufts University/Shady Hill School Cooperative
The Tufts University Department of Education and Shady Hill School cooperate in a joint program to train teachers to teach in innovative and effective middle school settings. The candidates take 8 Education and Arts and Sciences courses at Tufts University to meet the requirements of a Master of Arts degree. They complete their field experience in teaching as full-time apprentices at Shady Hill School. The candidates graduate with a Master of Arts degree from Tufts University and the field experiences at Shady Hill School fulfill the requirements for teacher licensure in Massachusetts, grades 5-8.For more information about the application process and the courses, go to this website.