Catalogue 2021 - 2022

Elementary Education Majors

General Information

The Education major offers students the professional preparation essential for becoming an effective teacher in the 21st century. Coursework and field-based experiences are designed to meet the regulations and guidelines mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Through active participation in classes on campus, and numerous assignments completed in area schools (K-12), future teachers learn how to plan curriculum to meet needs of all learners, effectively build and manage a classroom community, and how to implement and analyze assessments to foster learning for all students. Campus and field-based assignments are designed to support students in acquiring skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate professional skills outlined in the Professional Standards for Teaching (PSTs). Students also learn how to use the MA Curriculum Frameworks as a key reference for lesson planning.

In order to participate in and complete an Education major leading to endorsement for an initial license in Massachusetts, students must successfully complete all of the following criteria:

Declare a Major for registration eligibility in ED coursework, program tracking in Self-Service, access to ED courses and monitored advising throughout an ED curriculum leading to licensure. Declaring an ED major is not a guarantee of acceptance; full acceptance to an ED major occurs in spring junior year if all departmental criteria are met.

Elementary: Double major in Elementary Education and one of the following content majors: English, History, Math, Psychology or Sociology

Secondary content majors: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, or Math) Follow specified ED curriculum for your major/double major as outlined in University catalog and advising sheets. Any substitutions to outlined curriculum must be approved via ED Department waiver.

Apply to the Education Department for admission to continue in coursework and field-based experiences required for licensure; applications available in Emerson (G100C) and ED Department Kodiak class.

Meet with ED faculty each semester for progress monitoring and advising.

Complete prepracticum (field-based) experiences and gateway assessment assignments to specified standards demonstrating content knowledge, teaching skills (implementation of WNE lesson template), and professional dispositions. Field experiences take place in local schools, you will experience different settings (urban and suburban) and different grade levels within the license area you seek.

Preprac 1: LA 100**/ ED 120 10 hours
*if Elementary Education section of LA 100 is not taken, student must take ED 100 (new course)

Preprac 2: ED 350 (elementary)/ ED 275 (secondary): 25 hours
Gateway #1 – peer microteaching

Preprac 3 ED 375 (elementary)/ED 365 (secondary) 25 hours
Gateway #2 - K-12 microteaching

Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 overall, 2.8 in your content major, and 2.8 in preliminary education courses; earn a minimum ‘C’ in all ED classes.

Take and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for licensure area before Spring break in junior year.

Students successfully completing all criteria listed above will be eligible to complete the student teaching block in Fall of senior; be fully admitted to the Education department.

Students unable to meet all criteria will be counseled out of an ED major and may complete the ED minor, graduating in their content major.

* Any requested changes to above requirements must be addressed through an ED Department waiver.

Due the demands of completing an Education major, students who transfer into the University, or change majors while on campus, may not be able to graduate in four years.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has accredited all of the University’s teacher preparation programs through a formal review process grounded in the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teaching and Subject Matter Knowledge guidelines. Upon graduation students are eligible to be endorsed by the University for an Initial Teaching License in Massachusetts. Students apply directly to DESE for their teaching license.

Students planning to teach in other states should meet with a member of the Education Department, or look at the Department of Education website for the state in question, to learn about specific requirements. Massachusetts participates with every state and the District of Columbia through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement to accept a candidates' state approved educator preparation program. The interstate agreement does not exempt candidates from degree, testing and/or prerequisite requirements, this information is available on state department of education websites.

Education handbooks are available online on the Education Department website:

Education handbooks, prepracticum assignments, MTEL resources, lesson planning resources are available in the Education Department Kodiak class.
Students who completed a licensure major in the academic year 2018-2019, had a 100% pass rate on all Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Education Faculty

Elementary Teacher Education

Students preparing for an Elementary Teaching license must select a major in one of the prescribed liberal arts and sciences disciplines (English, History, Math, Psychology, or Sociology) and complete the elementary education major; they are completing a double major. Students can complete the University’s General University requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requirements, and the elementary education major in four years with the following majors: English, history, mathematics, sociology and psychology. Elementary majors begin their educator preparation in LA 100 (students must take ED 100 if the Education section of LA 100 is not completed).

A student should file an application with the Education Department by the end of their first year (application available in EG 100C), or immediately upon transfer to an ED major. A student will be fully accepted, and eligible for the student teaching block by Spring break of junior year, if all criteria listed above are successfully met. Students may be counseled out of the major at any advising meeting due to low GPA, lack of progress on MTELS, or demonstrated lack of professional dispositions. Credits earned toward the Education major (leads to licensure) may be applied to the Education minor (not a path to licensure) if a student is unable to meet all requirements for completing the Elementary Education major.

Minimum eligibility requirements for completing the Elementary Education major are listed and in advising handouts available from ED faculty.

Students are required to meet individually at least once a semester with an Education faculty member to review prepracticum feedback and participation, progress in meeting gateway assessments, major coursework assignments, and confirm passed MTEL status before a student teaching placement will be assigned. Students may be counseled out of an ED major for not meeting all criteria, academic performance, or demonstrated lack of professional dispositions. All ED majors complete a minimum of sixty hours of prepracticum experiences, and a minimum of three hundred hours as a student teacher in local elementary schools.

Students meeting all stated criteria are automatically eligible for the practicum semester (fall of senior year). The practicum semester includes an integrated methods course, elementary classroom participation (grades 1-6), and a student teaching seminar. The Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) system is used throughout the practicum semester. CAP is designed around the PSTs as outlined by DESE. Working collaboratively, the student teacher (candidate), the supervising practitioner (cooperating teacher) and university supervisor (WNE ED faculty) gather data, and analyze evidence of ability and effectiveness implementing the PSTs.

Currently the University’s Education Program offers students the opportunity to prepare for the Massachusetts Initial License, which is valid for five years of employment. The Massachusetts Professional License is then required of graduates and involving completion of a Performance Assessment Program or an appropriate master’s degree program, and three years of employment under the license.

Required courses for students enrolled in the Elementary Education major: LA 100 (with ED faculty or ED 100), ED 201, ED 252, ED 275, ED 350, ED 351, ED 425, ED 479, and ED 480.

Students should plan on taking only ED 425, ED 479, and ED 480 in fall, senior year (total of 15 credits). ED 479 requires full-time student teaching off campus.