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Practicum Requirements

All students in licensure programs must (1) pass the appropriate MTELs prior to the student teaching (practicum)/internship semester; (2) upload MTEL score reports to the TaskStream account.  Information about TaskStream can be found here. 

MTEL Policy

To enter the Practicum semester of Teacher Education Programs, you must successfully pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL and your requisite MTEL Subject Tests. For early childhood, elementary, special education, and TVI students, you must also pass the Foundations of Reading MTEL.  

MTELS REQUIRED BY PROGRAM

Early Childhood (PreK-2)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Early Childhood (02)

3. Foundations of Reading (90)

Elementary (1-6)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. General Curriculum (03)

3. Foundations of Reading (90)

Middle/Secondary (5-8/8-12):

 

English

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. English (07)

History

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. History (06)

Spanish

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Spanish (28)

Biology

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Biology (13)

Chemistry

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Chemistry (12)

Earth Science

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Earth Science (14)

Physics

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Physics (11)

Mathematics (Middle School)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Mathematics (09) OR Middle School Mathematics (47)

Mathematics (High school)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Mathematics (09)

Middle School Humanities (5-8)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Middle School Humanities OR both English (07) AND History (06)

Music (all levels)

3. Communication and Literacy (01)

4. Music (16)

Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. General Curriculum (03)

3. Foundations of Reading (90)

Moderate Disabilities (5-12)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. General Curriculum (03) OR a core academic subject area MTEL

3. Foundations of Reading (90)

English as a Second Language

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. English as a Second Language (54)

Chinese (Mandarin)

1. Communication and Literacy (01)

2. Chinese (Mandarin) (29)

Passing MTEL scores for your required exams must be uploaded to your TaskStream account.  Passing MTEL scores are required for the practicum application.  Registration for all practica will take place after your practicum application is reviewed and accepted.

MTEL preparation assistance is available through our MTEL workshops.   Click here for workshop information and registration.

 

Massachusetts initial licensure requires a full semester of classroom practicum experience. The practicum places you into the classroom of a cooperating practitioner who provides day-to-day supervision and mentoring. You are expected to slowly take on more and more responsibility until – usually after a few weeks – you are fully responsible for the teaching in the classroom. You also have a supervisor from the university who is expected to visit the school and observe your teaching periodically throughout the semester. Your supervisor will meet with you after the observations for consultation and will also meet with your cooperating teacher. Three meetings in which you, the cooperating practitioner, and your university supervisor confer are required by the state; in this program, university supervisors make a minimum of five observations of your teaching, run a weekly student teaching seminar, and provide you with written responses to your teaching. At the conclusion of the student teaching assignment, the cooperating practitioner and the university supervisor confer about your assessment, and fill out and sign the Practicum Report Form that is submitted with other material for licensure.  The decision of the final grade will be made by the university supervisor.  

Practicum placements are arranged by the Field Placement Office.  All Student Teachers must be placed within one of the program's partner schools, most of which are in urban areas.

 

Early Childhood

Intent to Student-Teach post graduation

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Licensure program who graduate without the license may apply to student teach the semester after graduation provided that they can prove eligibility for practicum.

 

Students should submit a letter outlining their intent to:

Placement Coordinator
Teacher Education Field Experience
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
TeacherEd@umb.edu
617-287-7656 (Fax)

 

Special Education

Students in the Moderate Disabilities Program (PreK-8 or 5-12) are required to work full time in the role of special education teachers of children with moderate disabilities for one full semester. They will assume increasing amounts of responsibility until they are in full, supervised charge of the educational program for a group of students.

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