ACADEMICS

  • Elementary Education

    The Elementary Education major offered by the Education Department 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 a necessary component of the program. Student pre-practicum experiences include a wide variety of field settings. Students attend different and varied schools in urban, rural, and suburban settings. They also vary their placements and grade levels in different school buildings within districts to insure a well-rounded experience.

    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 45 credits

    • ED 155 Teaching and Learning Elementary School
    • ED 250 Educational Psychology
    • ED 261 Foundations of Reading
    • ED 275 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education
    • ED 304 Best Practices for English Language Learners
    • ED 306 Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature
    • ED 320 Elementary Science
    • ED 325 Elementary Math
    • ED 330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism
    • ED 375 Pre-practicum Instruction, Classroom Management and Family and Community Engagement in the Elementary School
    • ED 425 Seminar: Applying Educational Principles
    • ED 435 Student Teaching in the Elementary School

    Prerequisite Course:

    • MA 130 Number and Operations for Teachers
    • MA 131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
    • MA 132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers
    • PS 210 Development Psychology

    Recommended Courses:

    • HE 100 Personal Health OR
    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition

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

    Elementary Education majors seeking initial licensure must also complete an academic major in biology, chemistry, English, geography, history, mathematics, liberal studies, environmental science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, or visual and performing arts.

    Admission to the Elementary Education Major
    Students planning to major in elementary education will progress through a 3-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.

    Stage I Elementary Education Major

    1. Students must demonstrate competence in communication skills by completion of the following course with a grade of C or higher:
      • EN 102 English Composition II (or equivalent)
       
    2. Students must demonstrate 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) 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. Before completion of ED 155, students must be finger printed through the Massachusetts designated agency (Morpho Trust USA Idento GO). Additional information regarding finger printing is available in the Education Department.
    4. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher AND earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
      • PS 210 Developmental Psychology
      • ED 155 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School (15 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 250 Educational Psychology (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 275 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 261 Foundations of Reading
       
    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: Admission into the Elementary Education Licensure Program

    1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage I requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission to the elementary education licensure program. The application must include 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 all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.
      • ED 304 Best Practices for English Language Learners
      • ED 306 Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature (20 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 320 Elementary Science (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 325 Elementary Math (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 375 Prepracticum: Instruction, Classroom Management and Family and Community Engagement in the Elementary School.
       

    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 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.

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

    Regulations for teacher licensure are currently under review by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a result, the Education Department major and minor programs may be subject to change at any time.