Teacher Licensure, Courses & Degrees

Whether you’ve just begun teaching or have been leading a classroom for years, pursuing new and more advanced degrees at WPI can help educators inspire and engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. WPI’s immersive, content-based master's programs for math and physics offer you the most up-to- date curriculum and first-hand access to groundbreaking research under way at WPI, led by renowned faculty experts, preparing you to lead and change lives.

Plus, by earning your master’s degree you become eligible for a professional teaching license, a requirement in Massachusetts within five years of activating your initial license.

Graduate Degrees

  • Intended for middle school, secondary school, and community college in-service mathematics educators, the Master of Mathematics for Educators (MME) is suited to those seeking a content-centric degree as they continue to teach. Participants study math foundations, modern applications, and emerging technology, as well as completing a culminating project of their own design. 
  • For middle school, high school, and community college educators, the Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators (MMED) focuses on mathematics coursework, as well as the study of assessment and evaluation theory to gain insight and efficiency in assessing learning. The degree culminates in a self-designed project. 

The MPED, a degree program for middle school, high school, and community college educators, emphasizes physics content coursework, combined with courses in assessment and evaluation theory. A self-designed project completes the program.


WPI's Learning Sciences and Technologies (LST) program offers master’s and doctoral degrees to highly motivated graduate students interested in contributing to a challenge of national importance: understanding and improving the education process, namely learning and assessment.

Massachusetts Licensing

Under current Massachusetts teacher licensure laws (603 CMR 7.00), teachers are required to obtain a professional license five years after receiving their initial license. Among other options, obtaining a master's degree is the most popular choice for educators who need to pursue this professional license (and want the option to be eligible for higher levels of pay within their district's scale) while still maintaining an already-full work schedule.

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Teacher Preparation Program

WPI’s Teacher Preparation Program is open to all undergraduate majors in technical subject areas who are interested in gaining the skills needed to teach STEM fields in middle or high schools, as well as obtain their Massachusetts Initial Teaching License upon graduating with their BS. Students who graduate from WPI with this teaching license can then gain support as an educator from the STEM Education Center.