Elementary Education Major

Elementary Education Major Teacher Licensure Program

The Elementary Education major prepares candidates for Initial Licensure as a teacher of children in a public school classroom, grades 1 through 6. The program of study is based upon a broad liberal arts foundation and an integrated professional teacher preparation program. A course waiver process is available for transfer students where appropriate. Fieldwork accompanies most education courses and is a necessary component of the program. Student prepracticum experiences include a wide variety of field settings. Students attend different and varied schools in urban, rural, and suburban settings. They also vary their placements and grade levels in different school buildings within districts to ensure a well rounded experience.

Preparation for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is embedded in the program at various stages and must be passed to obtain the initial license.

Admission to the Elementary Education Major

Students planning to major in Elementary Education will progress through a three-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.

Stage I: Elementary Education Major

  1. Students must demonstrate competence in communication skills by completion of the following course with a grade of C or higher:
    EN-102English Composition II (or equivalent)3
  2. Students must demonstrate competence in Math with a grade of C or higher in the following courses:
    MA-130Number and Operations for Teachers3
    MA-131Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers3
    MA-132Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers3
  3. Students must submit a Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) application and be approved prior to doing classroom observations in Worcester Public Schools. No student is allowed to do fieldwork unless approval of the CORI has been received from the state. Before completion of ED-155, students must be fingerprinted through the Massachusetts designated agency (MorphoTrust USA IdentoGO). Additional information regarding fingerprinting is available in the Education Department.
  4. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher AND earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    PS-210Developmental Psychology3
    ED-155Teaching and Learning in Elementary School (5 hours fieldwork)3
    ED-250Educational Psychology (10 hours fieldwork)3
    ED-261Introduction to the Foundations of Reading3
    ED-275Curr/Instr in Elementary Ed (10 hours fieldwork)3
  5. Students must receive a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills Test.
  6. Any departure from the prescribed program of study for teacher licensure must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

Stage II: Admission into the Elementary Education Licensure Program

  1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage I requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission to the Elementary Education Licensure Program. The application must include MTEL test results and transcripts of all previous course work. Approval by the Education Department is necessary for a student to progress to Stage II.
  2. During Stage II, students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher AND earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.
    ED-304Best Practices for English Language Learners3
    ED-306Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature (20 hours fieldwork)6
    ED-320Elementary Science (10 hours fieldwork)3
    ED-325Elementary Math (10 hours fieldwork)3
    ED-330Elementary Social Studies and Mulriculturalism (10 hours fieldwork)3
    ED-375Prepracticum: Instruction, Classroom Management, and Family and Community Engagement in the Elementary School3

Stage III: Elementary Education Major – Practicum

  1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage II requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission into the Practicum, ED-435 (corequisite ED-425).
  2. Students must have received a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy Skills, Foundations of Reading, and the General Curriculum Test for Elementary Majors which includes a separately scored Mathematics subtest.
  3. The Stage III application will be reviewed and acted upon by the Licensure Officer.
  4. Students must have attained senior standing (90 credits of course work) to student teach.
  5. Students convicted of a felony may be denied admission to student teaching.
  6. Any departure from the prescribed program of study must be approved by the Department Chair and/or Associate Dean of Education.

Additional information regarding formal application into student teaching is available from the Education Department.

Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education

Prerequisite Courses

MA-130Number and Operations for Teachers3
MA-131Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers3
MA-132Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers3
PS-210Developmental Psychology3

Required Courses

ED-155Teaching and Learning in Elementary School3
ED-250Educational Psychology3
ED-261Introduction to the Foundations of Reading3
ED-275Curr/Instr in Elementary Ed3
ED-304Best Practices for English Language Learners3
ED-306Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature6
ED-320Elementary Science3
ED-325Elementary Math3
ED-330Elementary Social Studies and Mulriculturalism3
ED-375Prepracticum: Instruction, Classroom Management, and Family and Community Engagement in the Elementary School3
ED-425Sem: Applying Ed Principles3
ED-435Practicum in Teaching: Elementary School9
Total Credits45

Recommended Courses 

HE-100Personal Health3
or HE-120 Health and Nutrition

Students will also be required to take specific liberal arts and science courses to satisfy LASC requirements.

Elementary Education majors seeking Initial Licensure must also complete an academic major in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Liberal Studies, Natural Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, or Visual and Performing Arts.

Department of Education: Elementary Education & Second Major Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar3
EN-101 English Composition I 1 3
MA-130 Number and Operations for Teachers (LASC QR) 2 3
PS-101 General Psychology (LASC HBS) 3
ED-155 Teaching and Learning in Elementary School 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 1 3
HI-111 US History I (LASC USW) 3
MA-131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers (LASC QR) 2 3
PS-210 Developmental Psychology 3
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits12
Year Two
Semester Three
ED-250 Educational Psychology 3
HI-112 US History II (LASC Constitutions) 3
EN-132 World Literature (LASC GP, DAC) 3
MA-132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers (LASC QR) 2 3
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits12
Semester Four
ED-261 Introduction to the Foundations of Reading 3
ED-275 Curr/Instr in Elementary Ed 3
TH-191 Introduction to the Theatre (LASC CA) 3
EV-120 Integrated Environmental Science for Educators 4
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits13
Year Three
Semester Five
GS-101 Physical Geography (LASC NSP) 3
ED-304 Best Practices for English Language Learners 3
ED-306 Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature 3 6
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits12
Semester Six
ED-330 Elementary Social Studies and Mulriculturalism 3
ED-320
Elementary Science
or Elementary Math
3
HE-100
Personal Health (LASC ICW)
or Health and Nutrition
3
HI-104 World Civilization II (LASC TLC) 3
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits12
Year Four
Semester Seven
ED-320
Elementary Science
or Elementary Math
3
ED-375 Prepracticum: Instruction, Classroom Management, and Family and Community Engagement in the Elementary School 3
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
Second Major Requirement  
 Credits6
Semester Eight
ED-425 Sem: Applying Ed Principles (LASC CAP) 4 3
ED-435 Practicum in Teaching: Elementary School 4 9
 Credits12
 Total Credits94
1

EN-101 & EN-102 satisfies LASC writing. Students should take the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL after completing EN-102.

2

Students should take the General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest MTEL after completing MA-130, MA-131 and MA-132.

3

Students should take the Foundations of Reading MTEL after completing ED-306.

4

 Students must successfully complete all MTEL requirements before enrolling in ED-425 and ED-435.

Students are required to meet with their department advisor each semester to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.