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Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Elementary Education programs prepare candidates to work in grades 1–6. Through coursework and field experiences, students develop understanding of subject matter knowledge.

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Elementary Education programs prepare candidates to work in grades 1–6. Through coursework
and field experiences, students develop understanding of subject matter knowledge, curriculum design, instructional strategies, observation and assessment, communication, and collaboration with families and the community. The Master of Education programs in Elementary Education are designed in two tracks: 1) a 27-credit post-baccalaureate program that leads to Initial Licensure and an optional nine additional credit program to obtain a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, 2) a 36-credit Appropriate Master’s Degree Program that leads to Professional Licensure.

Initial Licensure Program of Study

ED 502 * Effective Classroom Strategies in Elementary Education 3 cr.
ED 581 Technology in Education 3 cr.
ED 582 Research Methods 3 cr.
EDU 504
* Theories of Curriculum Design and Evaluation
(pre-practicum experience)
3 cr.
EDU 510 * Practicum Experience: Teacher of Elementary Education 3 cr.
EDU 511 * Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Elementary Education 3 cr.
RDG 506 * Emergence of Literacy 3 cr.
RDG 511 * Children’s Literature 3 cr.
EDC 525 * Social Context in American Education 3 cr.
SCN 571 * Methods of Teaching Science to Children/Field Study 3 cr.
MTH 579
* Developing Math Ideas
through Applications
3 cr.
SPN 506
Nature and Needs of Learners
with Moderate Disabilities
3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination
Total degree requirements 36 cr.

* Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Elementary Education (1–6)

Completion Requirements

To exit from the Elementary program for Initial Licensure, students must successfully complete all of the required courses, fieldwork, and the comprehensive examination. Students who do not possess an Initial License in any field are also required to pass the Foundations of Reading Test and the General Curriculum Test prior to the beginning of the practicum experience for successful completion of the Initial Licensure Master of Elementary Education program.

The Master of Education in
Elementary Education (1–6) and Early Childhood (PreK–2)

Professional Licensure Program

The 36-credit Appropriate Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepares early childhood and elementary level educators who already possess an Initial License in the respective field with a program of study that prepares them to be eligible for Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts. The Appropriate Master’s Degree combines the study of advanced level subject matter and the pedagogy in mathematics, science, civics, and English, with an in-depth examination of research methods, policy analysis, leadership, the social history of American education, and the foundations of student aspirations. Preparing practicing early childhood and elementary school teachers to build a deeper understating of the subjects they teach, the Appropriate Master’s also provides educators with the opportunity to better examine the trends in 21st century American education that impact their students, schools, and lives as teachers.

Prerequisite: Possession of an Initial License in Early Childhood or Elementary Education

Professional Licensure Program of Study

ED 580 Innovative Practices in Education 3 cr.
ED 581 Technology in Education 3 cr.
ED 582 Research Methods 3 cr.
EDC 570 Understanding the Dynamics of Student Aspirations 3 cr.
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.
HST 531 Civic Learning in the 21st Century 3 cr.
RDG 504 Family Literacy Connections 3 cr.
RDG 502 Learning and Cognition 3 cr.
RDG 511 Children’s Literature 3 cr.
MTH 545
Developing Mathematical Ideas, Numbers, and
Operations
3 cr.
ARS 535
Teaching Health Concepts with Visual and
Performing Arts
3 cr.
SPN 507 Family, School, and Community: Forming Partnerships 3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination
Total degree requirements 36 cr.

Completion Requirements

To complete the Appropriate Master’s Degree program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and the comprehensive examination.

Eligibility for Professional Licensure

According to the current Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations, Professional Licensure is granted to individuals who possess an initial license, have completed an Appropriate Master’s Degree in an Education school, have completed a one-year induction program with a mentor, and have completed at least three years of employment in the role of the license. Students completing the Master’s degree who have not met the other requirements for the Professional License, including a one-year induction program with a mentor and at least three years of employment in the role of the license, i.e., elementary education, will be advised to apply to the DESE for the Professional License when they have met these requirements. Students who have met the induction and employment requirements will be advised to apply for their Professional Licensure with the DESE upon completion of the program.

Other Options for Early Childhood and Elementary Education Licensure

Please refer to the program of study for Master of Education in Initial Licensure in Reading and Literacy as another option for obtaining Professional Licensure in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to the academic content of lessons.
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