Graduate Program Chair
Annette Sullivan, EdD
Graduate Curriculum Committee
Lyndsey Benharris, PhD
Danette Day, EdD
Robert Shapiro, PhD, BCBA-D
Annette Sullivan, EdD
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.
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:
- Tell about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
- What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
- 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?
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.
Required Courses, Elementary Education, Initial Licensure
- EDUC 7003 - Educational Issues in Child Development (*A) (10 hrs field experience)**
- EDUC 7023 - Education Foundations: Theory and Practice (*A) (15 hrs field experience)**
- SPED 7024 - Understanding Disabilities and Diversity (*A)
- EDUC 7645 - Reading: Curriculum, Assessment, Planning, and Teaching (*B) (20 hours field experience)
- EDUC 7650 - Language Arts: Curriculum, Assessment, Planning, and Teaching (*B) (20 hours field experience)
- EDUC 7649 - Science and Social Studies: Curriculum, Assessment, Planning, and Teaching (*B) (20 hours field experience)
- EDUC 7640 - Mathematics: Curriculum, Assessment, Planning, and Teaching (*B) (20 hours field experience)
- EDUC 7096 - Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) (*B) (25 hours field experience)
- SPED 8008 - Emotional, Behavioral, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (*B) (5 hours field experience)
- SPED 9200 - Consultation and Collaboration Strategies (*B)
- EDUC 9300 - Educational Research (*B)
- EDUC 9004 - Practicum Application and Research Seminar (*C) (Taken concurrently with EDUC 9600)
- EDUC 9600 - Practicum in Elementary Education (*C)
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.