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Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program, English Studies Concentration, Initial Licensure (8-12)

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Program Manager

Chola Chisunka

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to become a secondary level (grades 8-12) teacher of English, may complete a post baccalaureate program that consists of the equivalent of a degree in English and 18 credit hours of pedagogical coursework in education.

Students who are interested in the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree
  • A GPA of 2.8 or better
  • Successful completion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure: Communication and Literacy Skills Sub-test
  • Applicants to the Post Baccalaureate Program in English must complete an essay of no more than one page in response to one of the following statements or questions:
  1. Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
  2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
  3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping role.
  • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
  • What did you do in that particular situation?
  • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
  • How do you feel about the situation now?
  • What would you change, if anything?

Once accepted, students will undergo a transcript review by the Graduate Program Chair or undergraduate advisor, as designated by the department and a plan of study will be developed that addresses:

  • Courses missing (if applicable) in the subject that are equivalent to the requirements for the major will be determined through a transcript review. Students will complete all requirements of the major and license as identified in the undergraduate program.
  • Courses as identified below in the teacher preparation program (pedagogy courses).

When courses are in a student’s plan of study, they will complete the plan of study at the undergraduate level, or at the graduate level if the equivalent is offered.

Required Education Courses


*Students must have a passing score on MTEL subject-English (07)

Once the licensure program is completed, students can request admission to the graduate program after completing additional admissions requirements as designated by the department.

Once a student has completed all requirements for professional and content specific courses, they will be eligible for endorsement in their selected field through Fitchburg State University.

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