| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | 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
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 MajorStudents 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
Stage II: Admission into the Elementary Education Licensure Program
Stage III: Elementary Education Major – Practicum
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.