Requirements for the Minor

You may complete a minor in Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education as part of your bachelor’s degree. This path includes license and level-specific requirements (see below).

Please note, however, that you may not simply declare teacher education as a minor. The Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Minor includes a one-year internship to which you must apply. Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education is a professional preparation program that carries with it important responsibilities, as you will be working directly with children in loco parentis (legally responsible for minors).

As an undergraduate who wishes to teach, you might also consider pursuing a BA/BS-MAT, which enables you to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree by the summer after your senior year.

Want to teach? Pursue the minor...

  1. Enroll in ED 100a or ED 100b.

  2. Make an appointment with either Prof. Igra (secondary) or Prof. Theodorou (elementary/early childhood) to discuss your interests and plan for completing the minor.

  3. Apply for student teaching during the fall of your junior year.

  4. Pursue a concentration:
Early Childhood

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. Please note that this is different from the Mass. early childhood (pre-K to grade 2) teacher licensure. Students interested in teaching pre-K to grade 2 should enroll in the elementary education minor.  

For more information on the preschool minor, consult Howie Baker, director of the Lemberg Children's Center and Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Elementary Faculty Leader of the 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 matter knowledge in literature, American and world history, economics, child development, science and mathematics.

Course requirements for the elementary teacher education minor include:

Prior to Senior Year

  • ED 100a Exploring Teaching, Elementary and Preschool includes three hours per week lab observations in a local public school, Jewish Day 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 three 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 advisor 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. Please note that you may take this course alongside ED 107 and have ONE lab observation site/week to meet requirements of both classes.

  • ED 105a Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom, is taken in the fall of junior year.

  • Additional coursework to meet MA subject matter knowledge requirements for 1-6 MA Elementary certification. Contact the Elementary Faculty Leader, Rachel Kramer Theodorou for course selection approvals.

Senior Year

  • Fall: Student teaching practicum equivalent of 14 hours or two days/week (roughly two days) and attend weekly Professional Seminar in the fall and five full days/week in the spring.

  • Spring: Students are expected to take no other courses than ED 101b, ED 111e, and full-time student teaching, in the spring semester.

  • ED 101a Elementary School Curriculum and Teaching: Literacy, Writing and Social Studies.

  • ED 111e Practice Teaching - Elementary & Reflective Seminar.

  • ED 101b Arts, Multiculturalism and Other Topics (spring senior year).

Students should consult the Elementary Faculty Leader, Rachel Kramer Theodorou, regarding these and other program requirements as soon as possible, preferably during the first or fall of the sophomore year.


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, and five world languages. The only exception is that students may complete a math minor and do their student teaching in mathematics.

Course requirements for the undergraduate education minor for middle or high-school teaching include:

  • ED 100b Exploring Teaching

  • ED 102a Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (prerequisite: ED 100b)

  • PSYC 36b Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity (prerequisite: PSYC 10a)

  • ED 175a Teaching English Language Learners

  • Subject-specific Pedagogy of English, history, science, math or world languages (ED 268a-272a or ED 104a) is taken fall semester of senior year.

  • ED 110e Practice Teaching: Secondary School, is taken during spring semester of the senior year

  • Attend Professional Seminar in fall.

Students should consult the Director of Teacher Education, Danielle Igra, regarding these and other program requirements as soon as possible, preferably during the first or sophomore year.

  1. Early Childhood Minors complete a semester of student teaching in their junior or senior year. Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Minors complete a full year of student teaching in one classroom during their senior year that includes 14 hours or 2 days/week in the fall and 5 full days/week in the spring.

  2. All Teacher Education Minors must achieve a grade of at least B-minus in all required education program courses.

  3. Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Minors should complete all required coursework for major(s) and Brandeis Core/General Education Requirements prior to fall of their senior year.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

All Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Minors must pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy Skills by August 1 prior to their senior year and attempt all other required exams by December 1 in fall of their senior year.

Elementary candidates must also take Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum 03 (two subtests of math and multi-subject).

Secondary candidates must also take subject-specific exams.

Please visit the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) website for complete information.