Middle School Education, MEd
Master's in Middle School Education - Teacher Preparation Program for Initial Licensure*
MEd Middle School candidates for Initial Licensure will complete a 36-credit program in a manner that satisfies the state regulations. There is licensure in either Middle School Humanities or Math/Science, and licensure to teach a specific subject (e.g., English, History, Political Science/Political Philosophy, Mathematics, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Spanish) to students in grades 5 - 8.
*Please note that this program of study is subject to modification due to changes in regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Education or university requirements.
All students seeking middle school licensure take the following sequence of courses. This course of study provides a developmental perspective as a starting place, follows with an inquiry into the issues that face contemporary educators and schools, looks at techniques for improving students' reading and writing across the curriculum, and examines research into methods of teaching secondary school subjects. These courses, along with 75 hours of monitored fieldwork, constitute the pre-practicum. The capstone of the program for Initial Licensure is the semester-long supervised practicum and accompanying portfolio.
A full practicum is 14 weeks (one full semester) of supervised student teaching. All candidates for Initial Licensure are required to take the full 6-credit practicum.
Students wishing to do any form of supervised practicum must apply for approval and placement in the semester prior to the one in which the practicum is to take place. Applications are available in the Advising Office. For a spring semester practicum, the applications are due the previous October 1st; for a fall practicum, they are due the previous March 1st.
Field of Knowledge (Middle School)
Competency I of the regulations for licensure covers the knowledge base that teachers must bring to the classroom. For teachers of subject areas, this is one of the disciplines taught in middle school (e.g., English, History, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, etc.). Most commonly, specific subject teachers are certified in the fields in which they hold their B.A. or B.S.