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Elementary Education Major


Teacher Licensure Program


The Elementary Education major prepares candidates for Initial Licensure as a teacher of children in a public school classroom, grades 1 through 6. The program of study is based upon a broad liberal arts foundation and an integrated professional teacher preparation program. A course waiver process is available for transfer students where appropriate. Fieldwork accompanies most education courses and is required and needed as a necessary component of the program. It should be noted that student prepracticum experience should include a wide variety of field settings. Students should attend different and varied schools in urban, rural and suburban settings. They should also vary their placements and grade levels in different school buildings within districts to insure a well rounded experience.

It is understood that if students do not abide by these fieldwork directives, they will be asked to redo their hours for prepracticum. The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is embedded in the program at various stages and must be passed for completion of the program and licensure.

Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education: 42 credits

ED 148             Foundations of Reading
ED 155             Teaching and Learning Elementary School
ED 250             Educational Psychology
ED 275             Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education
ED 320             Elementary Science
ED 325             Elementary Math
ED 330             Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism
ED 343             Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature
ED 425             Seminar: Applying Educational Principles
ED 435             Student Teaching in the Elementary School
MA 130             Number and Operations for Teachers

Prerequisite Course:

MA 131             Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
MA 132             Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for
                        Teachers
PS 210              Child Growth and Development

Recommended Courses:

HE 150             Health and Physical Education for the Teacher or
HE 140             Creative Arts and Health

Students will also be required to take specific liberal arts and science courses to satisfy foundation and distribution requirements.

Elementary Education majors seeking Initial Licensure must also complete an academic major in the arts or sciences offered at the University and approved by the Department.

Admission to the Elementary Education Major

Students planning to major in Elementary Education will progress through a three-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.

Stage I Elementary Education Major

1. Competence in communication skills as demonstrated by completion of the following course with a grade of C or higher:

EN 102             English Composition II (or equivalent)

2. Competence in Math with a grade of C or higher in the following courses:

MA 130             Numbers and Operations for Teachers
MA 131             Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
MA 132             Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for
                        Teachers

3. Students must submit a Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) check application and be approved prior to doing classroom observations in Worcester Public Schools. No student is allowed to do fieldwork unless approval of the CORI has been received from the state.

4. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher in ALL prerequisite courses AND a prerequisite AND cumulative GPA of 2.5 (with the exception of Math Concepts).

PS 210             Child Growth and Development
ED 155             Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School
ED 250             Educational Psychology
ED 275             Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education

5. Students must have received a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test (MTEL).

6. Any departure from the prescribed program of study for teacher licensure must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

Stage II Elementary Education Major

1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage I requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission to the Elementary Education Major. The application must include a satisfactory physical examination, Mantoux test results, MTEL test results and transcripts of all previous course work. Approval by the Education Department is necessary for a student to progress to Stage II.

2. During Stage II, students must complete the following with a Grade of C+ or higher in ALL prerequisite courses AND a prerequisite AND cumulative GPA of 2.7. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.

ED 320             Elementary Science
ED 325             Elementary Math
ED 330             Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism
ED 343             Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature

Stage III Elementary Education Major – Practicum

1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage II requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission into the Practicum, ED 435 Practicum Teaching: Elementary School (Corequisite ED 425).

2. Students must have received a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy Skills, Foundations of Reading and the new General Curriculum Test for Elementary Majors which includes a separately scored Mathematics subtest.

3. The Stage III application will be reviewed and acted upon by the Licensure Officer.

4. Students must have attained senior standing (90 credits of course work) to student teach.

5. Students convicted of a felony may be denied admission to student teaching.

Any departure from the prescribed program of study for teacher licensure must have approval from the Chair of the Education Department.

Additional information regarding formal application into student teaching is available from the Education Department.

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