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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

Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Master of Elementary Education prepares educators to be instructional leaders in their schools.  Through tailored coursework on child development, curriculum and instruction, assessment and planning, and the use of technology, students gain a data based approach to help them teach elementary school in Massachusetts.  Utilizing the new Massachusetts Frameworks, built on the Common Core and Next Generation Standards, students understand how to support children’s academic, social, and emotional needs through evidence-based practice.  Our programs also feature extensive field experience to help bridge the gap between research and practice; throughout your program, you will see a direct link as you study under the guidance of Van Loan’s experienced, successful instructors.

Graduates of Van Loan School’s licensure programs are lead teachers in elementary classrooms, tutors, and growing experts in the field of elementary education.  Graduates earn an initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Elementary Education (1-6).  

Initial Licensure Program of Study

Elementary Licensure Program
ED 502 * Effective Classroom Strategies in Elementary Education 3 cr.
SPN 511* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.
ED 542* Sheltered English Immersion 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 * Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 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 Students with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.
EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.
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

Early Childhood and Elementary Professional Licensure Program
ED 580 Innovative Methods in Education 3 cr.
ED 590 Data Literacy 3 cr.
ED 582 Research Methods 3 cr.
ECE 500 Child and Adolescent Development 3 cr.
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.
HST 531 Civic Learning in the 21st Century 3 cr.
RDG 558 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.
EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.
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.

Elementary Non-Licensure Program
ED 502 Effective Classroom Strategies in Elementary Education 3 cr.
SPN 511 Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.
EDU 504 Theories of Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 cr.
RDG 506 Emergence of Literacy 3 cr.
RDG 511 Children’s Literature 3 cr.
EDC 525 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 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.
Education Elective* 3 cr.
Education Elective* 3 cr.
Education Elective* 3 cr.
Total Degree requirements: 36 cr

 

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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