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The Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (PBTL) program at Framingham State University is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree and are seeking Massachusetts Initial Teacher Licensure. The PBTL program is offered for teacher licensure at the early childhood level (PreK-2, the elementary level (1-6), and in academic subject areas.

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure
Admission Requirements Academic Subject Licenses
Application Process Early Childhood (PreK-2)
Studies in Education Elementary Education (1-6)
Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Teacher Licensure in Massachusetts
Field Experience  Scholarship Opportunity (STEM)

Subjects Available:

  • Art Visual (PreK-8) or (5-12)
  • Biology (5-8) or (8-12)
  • Chemistry (8-12)
  • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
  • Earth Science (5-8)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • English (5-8) or (8-12)
  • Foreign Language: French (5-12)
  • Foreign Language: Spanish (5-12)
  • History (5-8) or (8-12)
  • Mathematics (5-8) or (8-12)

Early Childhood (PreK-2) or Elementary Education (1-6)
The focus of the PBTL program at the early childhood and elementary levels is on teaching methods. However, adequate preparation in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics is necessary to establish the groundwork for success in the classroom. Candidates lacking sufficient preparation in any area will be asked to make up deficiencies.

Elementary Education Licensure:
State regulations mandate specific areas of study for undergraduate candidates for an elementary license. Undergraduate students will have to complete a program that includes “…composition; American literature; world literature, including British literature; US history from colonial times to the present; world history, including European history, from ancient time [sic] to the present; geography; economics; US government including founding documents; child development; science laboratory work; and mathematics and science coursework….” Questions relating to these areas of study appear on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Post Baccalaureate candidates for Elementary Education are not required by state regulations to have the array of studies mentioned above. However, passing the subject portion of the MTEL is a requirement to take the student teaching practicum or a Post Baccalaureate practicum alternative. The subject portion of the MTEL should be taken as early as possible so that weaknesses, if any, can be dealt with. Preparation for the test can take a number of forms. The University recommends the following:

  • A course in American literature such as ENGL 261 or ENGL 262 American Writers I or II
  • A course in world literature such as ENGL 203 Global Perspectives in Literature
  • A course in US history such as HIST 151 or HIST 152 US History to (since) Reconstruction
  • A course in geography such as GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • A course in economics such as ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • A course in US government such as POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics

Academic Subject Licenses
For those preparing to teach art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, history, family and consumer sciences, mathematics, or Spanish, applications are considered on an individual basis in accordance with the subject matter knowledge specified in Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Regulations and the program requirements of Framingham State University. Each department affiliated with a secondary education program determines the subject matter requirements needed for recommendation to the state for licensure.

In addition to the equivalence to the Framingham State University major in history, the candidate should be prepared for MTEL questions in government, economics, geography and the history and philosophy of science. The University recommends:

  • A course in geography such as GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • A course in economics such as ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • A course in US government such as POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics
  • A course in the history of science such as HIST 351 History of Modern Science from the Copernican Revolution to the Present

Studies in Education
All students in the PBTL Program must take coursework in teaching methods, developmental and learning psychology, and foundational studies dealing with the nature of schooling in our society. The precise courses differ according to the licensure sought, but all PBTL programs include the following four courses:

  • PBTL 001 Field Study I (There is no academic credit for this course.)
  • PBTL 910 Education Foundations
  • PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion

In-School Experience
There are presently three or four in-school or "field" experiences, depending on the license sought. The first field experience focuses principally on observation. The second, and in the case of elementary and early childhood programs the third as well, are part of teaching methods courses and involve taking on some real teaching responsibility. (These first experiences are designated Field Study I, II, and III.) The fourth experience (the third for subjects other than elementary and early childhood) is the student teaching practicum. It requires a semester’s full-time commitment.

Post Baccalaureate students may have the option, after completion of all PBTL required courses in education, of using a semester of employment as an aide or a teacher of record in the role and at the level of the license sought. Courses structured around this arrangement must be requested timely by the student and approved by the University's Education Department. Students seeking this route will register for either PBTL 888 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent A or PBTL 889 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent B.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the PBTL Program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). A minimum grade point average of 2.8 is preferred. PBTL candidates with deficiencies in the liberal arts or sciences will be required to take appropriate courses in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics before admittance to more advanced studies in the PBTL education sequence involving teaching method and practice.

Application Process
Applications are accepted year round, but students are strongly encouraged to submit completed applications before February 15th for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission. Applications completed after these dates cannot guarantee timely matriculation. While formal admission is offered only for the fall and spring semesters, students may begin taking courses in the University’s summer sessions.

Prospective students apply to the PBTL Program through the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. Application requires a fee of $50, official transcripts of college work from all previous colleges, and two letters of recommendation (download the letter of recommendation form here). Documentation of any work experience in the schools, including dates, should be submitted at this time. For an application to the PBTL Program, please call the Graduate Admissions Office at (508) 626-4501 or download the application here.

Candidates may have taken some courses in education at an earlier time. Such courses will be evaluated to determine whether they satisfy some part of the PBTL program. However, no course with a grade of less than C- taken before admittance to the PBTL program will be accepted as satisfying any part of the PBTL education requirements.

Applications for elementary and early childhood education will be reviewed by the University’s Education Department and, in the case of all other subjects, by the appropriate academic department as well. Students seeking licensure in visual art will also be asked to present a portfolio for review.

Graduate Studies and Continuing Education will send an admission decision letter once applications are reviewed. Candidates accepted into the program will receive a letter indicating the courses needed to complete the program. These will include, in the case of licensure in academic subjects, those courses, if any, that are deemed lacking. The letter will also include, for those seeking licensure in elementary or early childhood education, a listing of any course(s) required before enrolling in education courses.

Admission to the PBTL program is through the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education offices, but students will be able to register for Day Division courses if they submit a change of status request form to the Office of the University Registrar. This must be done prior to September 15 to register for Day Division classes in the following spring semester or February 1 to register for Day Division classes in the following fall semester. Day Division registration may then be completed during the regular University registration period.

Students who do not take a Day Division class for a semester must inform the Registrar’s Office of their entry or reentry to Day Division classes. This should be done before September 15 or February 1 to be able to register for the following semester during the regular Day Division registration period. Registering later can only be done on a seats available basis.

All students should remember that changes in state regulations mandate changes in University regulations. All enrolled students may be affected by these changes. Students who stop out for even one semester should understand that they will be governed by the regulations in force at the time of their return. Students who wish to be readmitted to the program should complete the PBTL Application for Readmission form here.

Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure
The Commonwealth presently administers MTEL examinations five times yearly: February, May, July, September, and November. The deadline to register for the exams takes place approximately six weeks before the examination is given. For further information and a registration bulletin contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 250 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148 or phone (781) 338-6600 or visit their Web site

MTEL Preparation Workshops
Framingham State University conducts MTEL Preparation Workshops for the Literacy and Communication Test and the Foundations of Reading Test. Please contact the Student Services Center at (508) 626-4550 for further information, or email

Foundations of Reading Test
A passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test is not a requirement to apply for the PBTL program. It is now a requirement for the Initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, teachers of students with moderate disabilities, and the teachers of the visually impaired.

Subject Matter Knowledge Test
Although a passing score on the subject test is not a requirement to apply for the PBTL program, it is a requirement for the student teaching practicum or practicum alternatives and for the Initial license in that subject matter.

Teacher Licensure in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has several levels of teacher licensure. The PBTL program prepares students for the Initial license with its coursework, field-based experiences, and supervised practicum. The Initial license has a life span of five years of teaching. Teacher licenses, at the highest, the Professional license level, must be renewed every five years through the accumulation of Professional Development Points or other requirements as defined by the Commonwealth.

The requirements mandated by Massachusetts are a major effort to strengthen the preparation of teachers and administrators in the schools. Framingham State University has responded by adjusting the requirements in its programs. It will continue to do so, as it simultaneously seeks to protect the interests of its students while remaining in compliance with state regulations. All information on this web page is accurate as of the time of posting and is subject to any further change in state laws and regulations.

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