Education Program

Requirements for the Minor

The Teacher Education Minor is currently in a period of transition. The Brandeis graduating classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 will have the opportunity to pursue teacher licensure at Brandeis as undergraduates, though not as BA/MATs or MATs.  Decisions have not yet been made about the future of a pathway to teacher licensure at Brandeis after June 2026.

You may complete a minor in elementary or secondary teacher education. This path includes license and level-specific requirements listed below.

In addition to officially declaring the teacher education minor and completing required coursework, the minor includes a two semester, student teaching internship in your senior year. You must apply for student teaching in fall of your junior 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. Pursue a concentration:

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

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.

  1. All teacher education minors must achieve a grade of at least B-minus in all required education program courses.

  2. 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.