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 43 credits are required for the major and licensure program. Students should meet with an education department advisor during their first year. For more information contact the education department.

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

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

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, 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 middle school licensure program the student is eligible for Initial licensure (5-8).

CCSS 269Education and Society3
PSYC 208Applied Developmental Psychology3
or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
Phase One
EDUC 336Reading in the Content Area3
EDUC 340Field Placement I2
EDUC 430Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom3
Phase Two
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
Phase Three 1
EDUC 580Student Teaching Practicum 5-89
EDUC 581Student Teaching Seminar 5-123
Optional Second Major in Education
Two Additional Education Related courses0-6
Total Hours37-43

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