In the junior year, Secondary Education licensure students participate in an intensive classroom experience as part of their methods course which requires approximately 75 hours of field experience including observing overall classroom environment, implementing student designed learning experiences, and reflecting on best practice.
Students in the secondary licensure concentrations complete a full-semester practicum in their license field during the senior year. They are placed in local Massachusetts schools and closely supervised by a licensed cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Weekly seminars bring all student teachers together with faculty who provide supervision and mentoring throughout the practicum. All Secondary Education students complete ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, a 300-hour practicum in an appropriate classroom.
School of Education seniors take EC 400 Senior Transition aimed at preparing students for job hunting in the field of education. Throughout the semester, seniors update their resumes, write cover letters, learn interview techniques, refine their professional teaching portfolio, participate in mock interviews with principals and superintendents, and attend education job fairs. Alumni return to campus to speak to graduating seniors about the first year of teaching, and guest lecturers present on applying to graduate school and managing a budget. By the end of the semester, seniors are fully immersed in their job search and prepared to enter the profession of teaching.
Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that all students pass the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the licensing process. Endicott supports this requirement by incorporating the relevant MTEL tests into the licensure programs. Prior to enrollment in junior year pre-practicum methods course, a passing score on the Communication & Literacy MTEL is required. Prior to enrolling in ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, the appropriate Subject Matter test must be completed with a passing score. Fees for taking the MTEL will be the responsibility of the student.
By incorporating the required exams into the program, upon graduation Endicott students have completed all of the necessary license requirements for the state of Massachusetts. License applications are completed and filed by the student at the end of the senior year.
Those wishing to be licensed to teach in other states must still take and pass the MTEL exams as part of the program requirements. However, the department will also work closely with individuals seeking licensure in states other than Massachusetts, helping to define the requirements and procedure for receiving that license. Preparing for, taking, and passing the MTEL exam helps future teachers to pass other exams, such as the PRAXIS and many of our students are successfully pursuing licenses in multiple states.
Test Preparation Workshops
Endicott offers intensive workshops and tutoring throughout the year to help prepare students to pass the MTEL exams. Test preparation workshops are free of charge and focus on the specific skills and subjects covered on the licensure exams. Workshops are required of students enrolled in the licensure concentrations and are also available to those who want to meet the requirements to change into the program from another major.
Acceptance into the Licensure Programs
Requirements for admission to the Secondary Education licensure programs include the regular admission requirements as outlined in the Catalog, and a combined score of at least 1050 on the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT.
Those not accepted into the program upon admission to Endicott may change into the program when they:
1. pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL exam,
2. maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and
3. achieve at least a C in any required courses.
Because of the curriculum requirements, individuals interested in changing into the program from another major should work closely with a faculty advisor and the Dean of Education to ensure that they are completing the requirements in a timely manner.
Continuation in the Licensure Programs
To continue in the licensure programs the following criteria must be met: a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and at least a C in all required courses.
Students will not be permitted to remain in the licensure programs if they:
1. do not achieve the minimum qualifying score on the MTEL,
2. fall below the required G.P.A. of 2.5, or
3. receive less than a C in all required courses.
Transcripts are evaluated at the end of every semester and individuals work closely with their advisor and the dean to ensure that they meet these criteria. Those who are advised out of the program can complete the non-licensure concentration. The non-licensure concentration does not lead to Massachusetts state licensure.
Program Requirements and Waiver Policy
The licensure concentrations and each of their components meets the regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Teacher Preparation Programs. Ordinarily, students who complete the Education program must fulfill each of the course and field-based requirements as outlined in the College catalog or updated in accordance with new DESE regulations. Students who do not follow the recommended course of study, or who transfer into the program, may need to make up courses that they have not yet taken, or apply to the Dean for a waiver. Doing so may extend the time it takes to complete the Education program and students should plan accordingly in close consultation with their advisor or dean. On rare occasions, program requirements may be waived based on prior coursework or experience. The practicum may not be waived.
Due to the changing nature of licensing regulations from state to state, students are encouraged to review the regulations from their state at the time of their entry to college. It is important for potential teachers to know the regulations and requirements for certification in the state in which they plan to teach. Licensure criteria may be modified at any time, and program requirements may be altered to reflect those changes.