Dec 11, 2023  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, M.Ed., (1-6), Initial Licensure

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Graduate Program Chair

Annette Sullivan, EdD

Graduate Curriculum Committee

Lyndsey Benharris, PhD
Danette Day, EdD
Robert Shapiro, PhD, BCBA-D
Annette Sullivan, EdD

Program Objectives

The Elementary Education Initial Licensure program is designed for individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree and wish to acquire the competencies and requirements to obtain a Massachusetts Elementary 1-6 initial teaching license.

Program Description

This program is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Professional Standards for Teachers (PST), Subject-Matter Knowledge Standards (SMK), and Pre-practicum Guidelines. The Initial Licensure Concentration aims to enable candidates to:

  • Acquire the competencies and habits of mind of effective teaching
  • Reflect on historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives related to current educational issues and practice
  • Examine empirical research and engage in the scientific reasoning process
  • Acquire and apply advanced knowledge of child development theory and research in the design and implementation of education curricula, practices and environments
  • Acquire knowledge of how children develop as thinkers and learners
  • Acquire and apply advanced knowledge of emerging, research-based educational principles in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the educational environment and instructional program
  • Become more aware of societal demands on the curriculum as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students
  • Investigate effective educational partnership models, which focus on family strengths, circumstances and cultural experiences
  • Demonstrate effective strategies and techniques for working with diverse populations of students in integrated learning environments
  • Examine the shared values, ethics, purposes and commitments, which bond the educational community

Acquire a professional orientation of collegiality and support, whereby contributions can be made to the improvement of education through the construction of knowledge and applications

Admissions Standards and Criteria

To apply, a candidate must submit documents as outlined in the Graduate Admission section as well as:

  • Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Personal Statement
    Students must complete an essay of no more than one page in response to one of the following questions/statement:
    1. Tell about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping role.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?

Program Requirements

This Elementary Education, M.Ed., (1-6) program for initial licensure requires 39 semester hours, which should be acquired in a suggested sequence. The course sequence has been designed to ensure a developmental approach to acquiring the necessary competencies of effective teachers. A program advisor assists each candidate with the planned sequence and advises on the selection of courses each semester.

Candidates in the Elementary Education, M.Ed., (1-6), Initial Licensure program must complete or demonstrate:

  • Passing scores on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of MTEL (required for matriculation)
  • Passing scores on the General Curriculum, General Curriculum: Mathematics Subtest, and the Foundations of Reading license in the selected discipline.
  • 135 hours of pre-practicum/ field-based experiences (These field experiences should be conducted in diverse settings.)
  • 300 hours of practicum/student teaching

Admission to the practicum is dependent upon a passing score on all of the required MTELs listed above; completion of all field experiences; and positive disposition assessments and a Stage 2 review. 

Total for Degree: 39 credits

Note: (*A) (*B) (*C) indicate sequence suggested to strengthen knowledge, skills and dispositions. It is strongly recommended that students follow this sequence in order to gain the necessary knowledge and competencies for more advanced courses.

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement Course

Prior to completion of the program of study, initial licensure candidates are required to take the Fitchburg State University ESE-approved SEI course, if needed, in order to be endorsed for licensure.  Please note that SEI endorsement occurs following the completion of the program, not before. Please note that the DESE requires that the SEI course include at least 30 contact hours face-to-face to meet their requirements.

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