Interested in Pursuing a Career in Education?

Westfield State’s education programs, offered by the Education Department, are among the most popular at the university. Our skilled faculty offer a combination of both online and in-person evening classes to best meet the needs of our diverse students. We offer programs for students looking to begin and advance their teaching career.

Our course offerings allow students to be flexible and set their own pace for earning their degree.

Our Education Programs/Coursework

At the graduate level, master’s degrees have been especially designed for new and experienced teachers. Licensure at the initial level is a prerequisite for entry into many programs in the graduate program group. For teachers with professional licensure, the Master of Education concentration programs offer an opportunity to enhance established skills and interests and to experiment with areas of study related to the professional license.

Programs with Initial Licensure
Programs with Professional Licensure
Non-Licensure Programs


Why Westfield?

Westfield State was recently ranked 12th in the country on the “Best Colleges for Elementary Education” list by Our low class sizes help you feel connected to your professors and classmates.

We offer classes in the evening after 4 p.m., with some classes being offered online, allowing you to complete the program at your own pace.

Courses are offered year-round with classes being held during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

Westfield State is a fraction of the cost of other universities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements?

Prospective students should access the graduate application online at

The following material must be received for an application to be reviewed:

  • Completed graduate application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended indicating a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. At least one academic recommendation is suggested. 
  • Narrative statement about your professional goals, academic experience, work experience, and other factors such as academic achievements not reflected in transcripts that support your application. 
  • For Initial Licensure students: a copy of official Communication and Literacy, Reading & Writing subtest MTEL scores or approved alternative as outlined by DESE
  • For Professional Licensure applicants only: a copy of
    your Massachusetts teacher’s license

*Non-licensure programs do not require a teaching license

How much does Westfield State University cost?

Westfield State University offers a comprehensive university experience at an affordable cost—with many options for financial aid. Visit our Cost and Aid page to learn more. 

Teacher Incentive Discount and Supporting our Schools Scholarship available for licensure programs.

Will I receive academic support?

Yes, students have a dedicated advisor – your compass through class choices and beyond. Beyond academics, your advisor becomes a mentor, guiding you on further education and career paths. We're not just about classes; we connect you to resources like the Banacos Center and the Reading & Writing Center. At every step, we're here to ensure your success is our priority.

Do you offer graduate assistantships?

Yes, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year for graduate students. These opportunities are competitive and are awarded to students with excellent academic records who are enrolled in a graduate degree program.

This valuable opportunity can enhance your academic journey and provide valuable experience. Don't miss out on the chance to be part of this enriching program!

Learn more about graduate assistantships 

Is graduate housing available?

Discover graduate living at Welch Hall Apartments – your gateway to a vibrant community and tailored amenities. Choose from four-person apartments featuring single and premium single rooms, all inclusive of utilities and internet. Make connections by signing up as a group or embark on an individual adventure with like-minded roommates. Revel in the comfort of fully furnished apartments, boasting a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar, cozy bathrooms, and inviting shared living spaces.

Your convenience is our priority – enjoy free laundry facilities on campus and parking at an affordable rate. Immerse yourself in academic pursuits with easy access to the campus library or prioritize your well-being at our fitness centers.

Whether you prefer cooking with your roommates or opting for a meal plan, relish access to an array of campus dining options, including late-night and takeaway choices. Elevate your graduate experience with Welch Hall Apartments – where living meets exceptional comfort and convenience.

For more information contact or 413-572-5402.

Can I take a course without enrolling into the program?

Yes, students can take up to two courses (six credits) non-matriculated prior to matriculating into the program. Financial aid is not available for non-matriculated courses and cost can be found on our tuition and fees page. If you are interested in taking non-matriculated courses please contact the Registrar at or 413-579-3200 for assistance.

For students interested in taking more than six credits non-matriculated and will not be applying the credits to a degree additional credits may be taken by completing the professional development waiver.

Deadlines and Notice of Decision:

Our education programs are rolling admissions; applications are accepted year-round.

Interested in a Dual Degree Program?

Check out our Education Accelerated Dual Degree Program and earn 3 Degrees in just 5 years! 

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Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP)

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is a professional community of teachers. We are dedicated to providing a space for teachers to teach other teachers. At WMWP, a variety of programs and professional development opportunities are offered.

Western Mass Writing Project Student 2023

We’re Here to Help.

We understand that it can be intimidating going back to school, and you may be balancing work, family and education, so we’ve put a few things in place to make your transition easier.

Need help navigating online learning?

Our experts in the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) are here to help.

Not feeling confident about your writing skills?

Our Reading and Writing Center professionals can assist!

Questions? We're here to help.

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