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:

  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.