Elementary Education (1-6)

Elementary Education (1-6)

The graduate program in Elementary Education prepares candidates to work in grades 1-6. 

Through coursework and field experiences, students develop an understanding of subject matter knowledge, curriculum design, instructional strategies, observation and assessment, communication, and collaboration with families and the community.

Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Applicants will undergo a review to determine whether they can demonstrate subject-matter knowledge for an initial license in Elementary Education.

All students meet with an academic advisor to be cleared for registration each semester.

Elementary Education Teacher Education Program (M.Ed.)


Students who have completed an undergraduate teacher education program may waive course(s) from the graduate program with approval of their academic advisor.  For instance, if a student received an endorsement for Sheltered English Instruction through their undergraduate program, or through a current school district, this course may be waived from the graduate program and an alternate elective selected with advisor approval. 

Below is the suggested sequence of courses.  Course work and program options are subject to change, and course sections may be added or cancelled during any semester based on enrollment. 

EDU 5740 – Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms (4 cr)
Co-Requisite: EDU 6500 Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience (0 cr)

EDU 5720 – Foundations of Language and Reading (4 cr)

EDU 5200 – Reading Strategies and Interventions (4 cr)

EDU 5190 – Core Math: Numbers and Operations, Function, Geometry and Algebra (4 cr)
EDU 5730 – Math Methods for the Elementary School (4 cr)
Pre-requisite: EDU 5190
Co-requisite: EDU 6505 – Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience (0 cr)
EDU 5020 – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Science, Health and Physical Education (4 cr)
EDU 5010 – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Social Studies and World Geography (4 cr)

EDU 5820 – Sheltered English Instruction (4 cr)
Co-requisite: EDU 6507 Pre Practicum Field-Based Experience (0 cr)

EDU 6521 – Practicum in Elementary Education (1-6) (4 cr)
Co-requisite: EDU 6510 – Practicum Seminar (0 cr)

  • Successful completion of the Communication & Literacy MTEL
  • Online application of intent to the Field Placement office, with advisor approval 
  • Attendance at a practicum information session
  • Successfully complete all required coursework for the program, and be in good academic standing in the graduate program (3.0 GPA)
  • Communications & Literacy Skills (01): Reading and Writing subtests
  • General Curriculum (03): Math and Multi-Subject subtests
  • Foundations of Reading (90)

*Course work and program options are subject to change.

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