The teacher education minor prepares students to become classroom teachers at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level. The minor includes a set of required courses plus one semester of full-time student teaching. Students interested in the teacher education minor should consult the appropriate advisor as soon as possible, preferably in their first year.
Rachel Kramer Theodorou and Howie Baker, Lemberg Children's Center Director, advise preschool education minors.
Rachel Kramer Theodorou also advises elementary education minors.
Professor Marya Levenson and Professor Danielle Igra advise secondary education minors.
Successful completion of the preschool minor fulfills the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements for lead teachers in infant-toddler and/or preschool. For further information, consult Howie Baker, the director of the Lemberg Children's Center.
Candidates for a teaching license at the elementary or secondary level must achieve a grade of at least B-minus in all required Education Program courses. Satisfactory grades and permission of Prof. Danielle Igra are required in order to proceed to the final semesters of the program. In addition, students must pass the Communications and Literacy Skills MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) prior to student teaching in the senior year.
Successful completion of the elementary or secondary minor, together with a passing grade on the MTELs, leads to an initial license to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocal licensing arrangements with the other states and the District of Columbia.