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
- Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)1
A student selecting IDST will combine English and History for the Humanities License or Mathematics and a science for the Math/Science License.
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 269||Education and Society||3|
|PSYC 208||Applied Developmental Psychology||3|
|or PSYC 210||Developmental Psychology|
|EDUC 336||Reading in the Content Area||3|
|EDUC 340||Field Placement I||2|
|EDUC 430||Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom||3|
|EDUC 342||Field Placement II 5-12||2|
|EDUC 405||Sheltered English Instruction MDSC/SECE||3|
|EDUC 414||Curriculum and Instruction 5-12||3|
|EDUC 422||Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (MDSC/SECE)||3|
|Phase Three 1|
|EDUC 580||Student Teaching Practicum 5-8||9|
|EDUC 581||Student Teaching Seminar 5-12||3|
|Optional Second Major in Education|
|Two Additional Education Related courses||0-6|
Application, interview, and passing scores on all parts of the MTELs are required for admission to Phase Three.
Note: Field Placement I requires attendance at three sessions of preparation for the Communication and Literacy MTEL.