Academic Catalog

Teacher Licensure (5-8)

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

To fulfill the requirements for a middle school licensure program, students must complete a major in the appropriate liberal arts or sciences and a concentration or major in education. In addition, students must also complete a three-credit developmental psychology course.  A total of 40 credits are required for the Education major and licensure program. Students should meet with an education department advisor during their first semester. For more information, students should talk to their Education advisor.

Choice of Liberal Arts/Sciences Major to Accompany Middle School Licensure

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)1
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Students must apply for, and be accepted into, the Student Teaching Practicum. Acceptance requires the student to have met all requirements, including passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Please see the Education Department for all requirements. Students must have departmental approval to enroll in more than 12 credits during the Student Teaching Practicum. Upon completion of the middle school licensure program the student is eligible for Initial licensure (5-8).

CCSS 269Education and Society3
EDUC 336Reading in the Content Area3
EDUC 340Field Placement I2
EDUC 342Field Placement II 5-122
EDUC 405Sheltered English Instruction MDSC/SECE3
EDUC 414Curriculum and Instruction 5-123
EDUC 422Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (MDSC/SECE)3
EDUC 430Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom3
EDUC 580Student Teaching Practicum 5-8 19
EDUC 581Student Teaching Seminar 5-123
Optional Second Major in Education
Two Additional Education Related courses0-6
Total Hours34-40

Note:  Field Placement I requires attendance at the Communication and Literacy MTEL Prep course.

Note: All Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) courses required for the license must also be completed.  A list of all SMK courses is kept and maintained by the Registrar and the Education Department and is incorporated into each student's degree audit (Degree Works), dependent upon their individual combination of programs.