Academic Catalog

Teacher Licensure for Elementary (1-6)

MCLA requires a major in Education for students seeking elementary licensure. The elementary licensure program prepares students to become educated and competent elementary school teachers. The curriculum emphasizes a well-rounded education, early field experiences, and the study of research and knowledge related to effective teaching and learning.

Formal application for admission into the Student Teaching Practicum requires an overall 2.8 GPA, with no grade below a C in required licensure courses, successful completion of Phases I and II, passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL; see the education department for the required MTELs for each specific licensure area), two recommendations, and a successful interview. Students must have departmental approval to enroll in more than 12 credits during the Student Teaching Practicum. Upon completion of the elementary licensure program, the student is eligible for Initial licensure (1-6).

To fulfill the requirements for the elementary licensure program, students must complete a major in education, which includes the licensure program. Candidates for Initial licensure must complete coursework in the following areas:

  •  Children’s Literature
  •  Adult Literature
  •  Early literacy including genres, literary elements, literary techniques, and vocabulary
  •  Mathematics including principles and concepts related to elementary mathematics (9 credits)
  •  Physical science1
  •  Life science1
  •  United States history including Massachusetts history, political principles, and ideals
  •  World history or Western Civilization
  •  Economic principles and concepts
  •  Political Science/Government
  •  Creative Arts
  •  Health or First Aid and CPR
  •  Physical Education
  •  Child Development

Students should meet with an education department advisor during their first year to learn how these subject matter courses may also fulfill MCLA core curriculum requirements.

Optional Choice of Liberal Arts/Science Major for Elementary Education:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • History/Political Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
CCSS 269Education and Society3
PSYC 208Applied Developmental Psychology3
or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
CCCA 207Children's Literature: A Lively Art3
EDUC 324Teaching Math/Science K-83
PHED 108Community First Aid and Safety (and one PHED elective)2-3
or PHED 215 Lifetime Wellness
MATH 100Math for Educators I 13
MATH 101Math for Educators II 13
MATH 232Introduction to Statistics 13
Phase One
EDUC 338Reading and Language Arts (ECHE/ELEM)3
EDUC 340Field Placement I2
EDUC 430Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom3
Phase Two
EDUC 341Field Placement II ECHE/ELEM2
EDUC 404Sheltered English Instruction ECHE/ELEM3
EDUC 412Curriculum and Instruction ELEM3
EDUC 420Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (ECHE & ELEM)3
Phase Three 2
EDUC 570Student Teaching Practicum 1-69
EDUC 571Student Teaching Seminar ELEM3
Total Hours54-55

Note: Field placement I requires attendance at three sessions of preparation for the Communication and Literacy MTEL.