Required Courses

The following courses are required for this program.

100 Level


200 Level


300 Level


SEI Endorsement

In addition to the courses listed above, all enrollees are required to obtain the SEI Endorsement, either with CES or through their district. Click here for more information about SEI Endorsement, or click the link below to view upcoming course availability. The CES SEI Endorsement course may be taken at any point in the program.

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Teacher of Biology (8-12) Initial License

Our program for the Teacher of Biology (8-12) Initial License prepares candidates prepares to teach biology at the high school level.

Candidates may come from either inside or outside the field of public education.


To enroll in an Initial License program for teaching middle and high school math and science, candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree.

  • Meet MTEL and application requirements, including prerequisites
  • Complete 7 required courses. If you already have the SEI Endorsement, you will need only 6 courses.
  • Complete the Practicum

Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTELs are required with application. Endorsement in the Licensure Program is contingent upon successful completion of all the MTELs.

MTEL Requirements: 
  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • Biology Test (8-12)

A 300-hour Supervised Practicum in the role of the license sought is required. Click here to learn more about the Practicum.

Graduate Credit: 

All courses may be taken for graduate credit. For those interested in obtaining a graduate degree, graduate credits may be applied toward a M.Ed. - Curriculum & Teaching or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), through the Collaborative's partnership with Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit registration forms are available at the first session of each course. For more information about the Graduate Options available, click here. For graduate program procedures and information, email

For more information, contact: 
Student Affairs, Licensure Programs
413.586.4900 x5937