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
At least one science must include a laboratory requirement.
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:
- Environmental Studies
- Fine and Performing Arts
- History/Political Science
- Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
|CCSS 269||Education and Society||3|
|PSYC 208||Applied Developmental Psychology||3|
|or PSYC 210||Developmental Psychology|
|CCCA 207||Children's Literature: A Lively Art||3|
|EDUC 324||Teaching Math/Science K-8||3|
|PHED 108||Community First Aid and Safety (and one PHED elective)||2-3|
|or PHED 215||Lifetime Wellness|
|MATH 100||Math for Educators I 1||3|
|MATH 101||Math for Educators II 1||3|
|MATH 232||Introduction to Statistics 1||3|
|EDUC 338||Reading and Language Arts (ECHE/ELEM)||3|
|EDUC 340||Field Placement I||2|
|EDUC 430||Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom||3|
|EDUC 341||Field Placement II ECHE/ELEM||2|
|EDUC 404||Sheltered English Instruction ECHE/ELEM||3|
|EDUC 412||Curriculum and Instruction ELEM||3|
|EDUC 420||Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (ECHE & ELEM)||3|
|Phase Three 2|
|EDUC 570||Student Teaching Practicum 1-6||9|
|EDUC 571||Student Teaching Seminar ELEM||3|
or equivalent course.
Application, interview, and passing scores on all parts of the MTEL are required for admission to Phase Three.
Note: Field placement I requires attendance at three sessions of preparation for the Communication and Literacy MTEL.