Elementary Education, MEd

Master's In Elementary Education - Teacher Preparation Program for Initial Licensure*

MEd Elementary Education candidates for Initial Licensure will complete a 36-credit program in a manner that satisfies the state regulations.

*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 elementary initial licensure (grades 1-6) take the 36-credit sequence of courses that is currently followed by the Teach Next Year Elementary program of study. Accepted candidates can follow this sequence that begins during the summer and includes a full year residency in a partner school. There is an option for some candidates to do a 75 hour, one day a week pre-practicum followed by a 300 hour full semester practicum in a partner school. 

These courses were developed to aid students in their graduate level learning process. Courses include an introduction to a developmental perspective on education, research and current understandings about the methods of teaching specific fields of knowledge, classroom management, inclusive practices for meeting the needs of students with moderate disabilities and sheltering instruction of content for English Language Learners. The capstone of the program for the Initial Licensure is the supervised practicum and accompanying portfolio. Candidates demonstrate readiness for the initial elementary licensure by a passing score on the MA CAP (Candidate Assessment of Performance).

Practicum Requirements

All candidates for Initial Licensure are required to take the full 6-credit practicum.  Candidates are placed in a full year internship that satisfies both the MA DESE  75 hour pre-practicum and 300 hour practicum requirements. Candidates are placed in a partner school through an application to the Teach Next Year program director. Candidates who intend to complete the 75 hour, one day a week pre-practicum and the 300 hour full semester practicum will make this arrangement at the time of matriculation.

Field of Knowledge (Elementary)

For an elementary school teacher knowledge brought to the program must include enough college course work in the areas that are included in the elementary curriculum to guarantee competence and comfort with the material to be taught. All licensure candidates must achieve passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication & Literacy, General Curriculum, General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest and Foundations of Reading tests. The Massachusetts Department of Education gives these tests several times a year.