The teacher education minor prepares students to become classroom teachers at the preschool, elementary, middle or high school level. It includes a set of required courses plus one semester of full-time student teaching.
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 the education program faculty advisor (elementary) or director (secondary) are required in order to proceed to the final semesters of the program.
- Elementary candidates must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy test prior to student teaching.
- Secondary candidates must pass the MTEL Communications and Literacy test prior to student teaching.
Lemberg Children's Center has been recognized as an outstanding early childhood education program in the Boston area. After volunteering or doing work study at Lemberg, some students choose to student teach (ED 112e for 35 hours/week) at Lemberg. Prerequisites for ED 112e are PSYC 33a, ED 100a, ED 107a, and one approved elective.
These courses will fulfill the Department of Early Education and Care requirements for certification as a lead teacher in infant-toddler and/or preschool. Note that this is different from early childhood (pre-K to grade 2) teacher licensure. Students interested in teaching these grade levels should enroll in the elementary teacher education minor. For further information on the pre-school minor, consult the director of the Lemberg Children's Center and the director of the Education Program.
Elementary Teacher Education Program
Students preparing to become elementary teachers should choose a major appropriate to the instructional field and must also be able to demonstrate subject knowledge in American and world literature, American and world history, geography, economics, child development, science and mathematics.
Course requirements for the undergraduate elementary teacher education program include:
- ED 100a, Exploring Teaching- Elementary and Preschool includes three hours per week lab observations in a local public school or Lemberg Children's Center and should be taken in the fall semester of either the freshman or sophomore year.
- ED 107a, Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary and Preschools, a spring semester course (sophomore or junior year) includes two hours per week lab observations and some reading instruction (prerequisite: ED 100a).
- PSYC 33a, Developmental Psychology (prerequisite: PSYC 10a).
- MATH 3a, Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (unless waived upon education program and mathematics department review). Please note this course is offered during spring semester of alternate years.
- ED 175a, Teaching English Language Learners is taken in spring semester of sophomore or junior year.
- ED 105a, Math and other topics, is taken in the fall of junior year.
- ED 101a, Literacy, Social Studies, and Other Topics, including a one day/week pre-practicum in the same classroom in which the candidate will student teach, is taken in the fall semester of senior year prior to full-time student teaching
- ED 101b, Arts, Multiculturalism, and Other Topics, and ED 111e, Student Teaching, spring of the senior year. Students are expected to take no other courses than ED 101b and ED 111e, full-time student teaching, in the spring semester of the senior year (or 7th semester for mid-year students).
Additional liberal arts courses are required for licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These include:
- American history, government, and literature
- World history and literature
- Mathematics and science
Students must pass the MTEL Communications and Literacy Skills Test before enrolling in ED 111e (student teaching).
Students should consult Rachel Kramer Theodorou, the Education Program elementary faculty leader, regarding these and other program requirements as soon as possible, preferably during the freshman year.
Middle and High School Teacher Preparation Program
Students preparing to become middle or high school teachers must choose a major in a content area they will teach during their senior year. These include English, history, sciences, math, five world languages, theatre, and visual arts. The only exception is that students may complete a math minor and do their student teaching in mathematics.
Course requirements for the undergraduate education program for middle or high-school teaching include:
- ED 100b, Exploring Teaching – Secondary should be taken in the spring semester of the sophomore year.
- ED 102a, Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (prerequisite: ED 100b) should be taken during fall semester of the junior year.
- PSYC 36b, Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity (prerequisite: PSYC 10a).
- ED 175a, Teaching English Language Learners should be taken fall or spring semester of the senior year.
- Subject specific Pedagogy of English, History, Science or Math (ED 268a - 272a or ED 104a) is taken fall semester of senior year.
- ED 110e, Secondary Student Teaching, is taken during spring semester of the senior year, or in some rare cases, during a ninth semester.
Students must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test before enrolling in ED 110e (student teaching). Students must consult Professor Marya Levenson, director of the program, for other requirements, including recommended courses in their major.