School of Arts and Sciences
263 Alden St
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109, United States
In the graduate-level elementary education concentration, you will earn a master’s degree and initial licensure as an elementary education teacher for grades 1-6. Through our program, which features pre-practicum and practicum field experiences, teachers will gain increased awareness of the social and emotional needs of elementary students and the principles for creating safe and effective schools.
We believe that educators must not only be proficient in content knowledge and pedagogy; they also must be able to understand the complex social and emotional context of their learners. So, we focus on that in our program with a year-long residency in an elementary classroom, as well as courses that prepare educators to create learning environments that support the positive social and emotional development of children in their transition to adolescence.
A bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, sciences, or an interdisciplinary major prior to admission is required.
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Master's Degree, MEd, Elementary Education (Master's Degree)
Director of Graduate Admissions
The Graduate Level Initial Licensure Program in Elementary Education prepares elementary school teachers to create learning environments that support children in their transition to adolescence. The program offers a combination of courses that will lead to the Elementary Initial license upon successful completion of program requirements. All students entering the program will be required to meet the subject matter knowledge requirements as identified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The program prepares educators to have increased awareness of the social and emotional needs of elementary students and the principles for creating safe and effective schools. Educators must not only be proficient in content knowledge and pedagogy; they must also be able to understand the complex social and emotional context of their learners. With the foundation provided by the required courses, including the pre-practicum and practicum field experiences, individuals completing the Graduate Initial Licensure Program in Elementary Education will be able to create a learning environment which supports the positive social, emotional development and high academic standards that are now required within public schools.
A course in child development and Arts and Sciences coursework covering the Elementary Teacher Subject Matter Knowledge requirements in the Massachusetts Regulations for Educator Licensure. In general terms, this includes specific coursework in English, Mathematics, History and Social Science, Science, Technology/Engineering, Child Development, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education, and Health. A transcript review will determine whether there are additional prerequisites.