Licensure as Elementary Teacher
Elementary Education students must obtain a concurrent Major of study in one of the following core academic disciplines: English, Spanish, history, math or science, following the Elementary Education Track within that discipline (where indicated), as given in the academic catalog.
Students who seek licensure as elementary teachers (1–6) should meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator during their first-year for program advising, and they should apply to the major during their sophomore year. Part of the application includes meeting with the Licensure Program Coordinator. Prior to formal admission into the major, students may enroll in introductory Education courses (Stage 1) during the first year and sophomore years.
Regular and careful advising is crucial for those students seeking an Elementary teaching license. Once admitted to the major, students must meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator each semester for advising about course selection, program requirements, and their progress in the Education major. Students who intend a semester in off-campus study must also meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator to ensure that all program requirements will be met. Because Massachusetts licensure requirements stipulate competency in a breadth of liberal arts subject knowledge per State Regulations, the Education Department may require students to take additional liberal arts subject courses in addition to those stipulated within the Elementary requirements given below and Assumption’s General Education Core.
Required Education Courses for the License in Elementary Education
Stage 1: (open to all undergraduate students)
- EDU 101 Schools in American Society
- EDU 120 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School
- EDU 221 Science and Technology in the Elementary Curriculum (prereq: EDU 101)
- EDU 260 Teaching Students with Special Needs (prereq: EDU 101)
Stage 2: (open only to Education majors)
- EDU 302* Teaching English Language Learners
- EDU 323* History and Social Science in the Elementary Curriculum
- EDU 324* Mathematics in the Elementary Curriculum
- EDU 325* Literacy Development and Instruction
Stage 3: (open only to Education majors who have completed all retention criteria)
- EDU 420** Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (12 credits)
* Must take with pre-practicum (field-based component)
** indicates field-based course
Requisite Liberal Arts Courses for the License in Elementary Education
Current Massachusetts requirements for an Elementary license include at least 36 semester hours in upper and lower level arts and sciences coursework addressing the relevant subject knowledge areas.
To satisfy the subject matter knowledge requirements, students must complete the following courses selected through advising with the Licensure Program Coordinator.
- ENG 130 English Composition
- Introduction to Literature course [LTE 140 (including comparative literature or classical emphasis); FRE 140; ITA 140; or SPA 140]
- ENG 263 Children’s Literature
At least two mathematics courses selected in consultation with the Licensure Program Coordinator.
- MAT 114 Elementary Functions or higher based upon first-year placement
The following courses have been designed specifically for the needs of prospective elementary teachers.
- Required: MAT 150 Numbers and Operations for Educators (prerequisite MAT 114 or higher)
- MAT 151 Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis for Educators (prerequisite MAT 114 or higher)
- At least one lab science course. BIO 140: Inquiry Biology for Educators is strongly recommended.
- Required: one history course from among the following: HIS 114 West and the World I, HIS 115 West World II, HIS 116 History of Western Civilization I, HIS 117 History of Western Civilization II
- (Recommended) HIS 180: United States History to 1877, HIS 181: Unites States History Since 1877
- PSY 190 Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood
Art, Music and Theater
- One course in Art, Music or Theater that satisfies the Core requirements.
[603 CMR 7.00 Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval (Most Recently Amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 26, 2012)]
- 7.05 (1) Route One is for teacher candidates who receive their preparation in approved undergraduate programs.
- 7.03 (3) (a) 1 i. For elementary...: not less than 36 semester hours in upper and lower level arts and sciences coursework addressing the relevant subject knowledge topics for those licenses set forth in 603 CMR 7.06. Some of this coursework might also count toward the required arts or sciences major or general education requirements.
Students interested in applying to the Education major are required to meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator to ensure they have the most current information about licensure regulations and required courses.