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ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

Students interested in working in public school settings with children Grades 1 – Grades 6 can pursue a major in Elementary Education. The Elementary Education major prepares students to teach children in general education classrooms in all subject areas. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path requires completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Overview:

  • The Elementary Education major provides a broad liberal arts background rich in content and supports the content-specific regulations from the MA DESE.

  • Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Elementary major.

  • Students must also pass three additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific tests, General Curriculum Subtests:.The General Curriculum MTEL Subtests: Language Arts and History/Social Science (178) and General Curriculum Mathematics, Science, Technology/Engineering (278).

  • Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams by December 1st of the senior year in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching. A 9th semester practicum completion plan may be elected.

  • Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License and be endorsed by the College for their initial license.

INSTITUTIONAL PASS RATES: Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing. Curry College had a 100% pass rate for all program completers during the 2021-2022 reporting year. Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Licensure 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; www.mtel.nesinc.com. For additional information about Curry College’s testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333-2196.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Prerequisite Coursework:

ED 1300 Competencies for the Prospective Educator

1.5

PSY 1400 Child Development

3

Core Coursework:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology

3

ED 2355 Children’s Literature: A Gateway to the World

3

ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator, Elementary

3

ED 2420 School, Family and Community

3

SPE 2600 Introduction to Special Education

3

ED 2700 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy

3

ED 3150 Classroom Management

3

ED 3190 Classroom Assessment

3

ED 3290 Assessment Lab: Literacy

1

ED 3750 Sheltered English Immersion

3

ED 3985 Education Capstone: Integrating Research Based Practices

3

Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 3700 The Teaching of Reading

3

ED 3701 Field Observation and Participation

1

ED 3195 Fundamentals of Curriculum: Instructional Methods in Social Studies and Language Arts

3

ED 3197 Pre-Practicum I: Elementary

1

ED 3320 Elementary Curriculum: Instructional Methods in Science

3

ED 3332 Pre-Practicum II: Elementary

1

ED 4564 Senior Practicum: Elementary

9

ED 4564 SM Senior Practicum Seminar

3

Related SMK Requirements:

MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics

3

MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers

3

MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics

3

BIOL 1057 Life Science for Educators

4

PHYS 1200 Physical Science for Educators

4

PHYS 2001 Robotics and Engineering Lab

1

P&H 1010 US History I

3

P&H 2070 Thinking Historically about Contemporary US

3

ENG 1180 Introduction to Literary Studies

3

Education Support Professional Track

Education Support Professionals play critically important roles in our public schools, providing individual and small-group instruction to students with academic gaps, specific learning disabilities, or supporting language and literacy skills of English Learners.  

The Education Support Professional serves as a classroom teaching assistant and provides targeted academic support to students in Grades 1-6 settings. Education Support Professionals are responsible for delivering foundational and remedial instruction, planning supplemental learning experiences, and assessing individual growth and success.   

This track in the Elementary Education major not a DESE licensure pathway, but enables students to graduate with a major in Elementary Education, complete field experiences in school settings, prepare to take the Para Pro credentialing exam and serve as Teacher Assistant/Education Support Professional upon graduation.  

If desired, students would need to pursue DESE Initial licensure through an approved graduate program to become a licensed public school classroom teacher in grades 1-6.  

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Prerequisite Coursework:

ED 1300 Competencies for the Prospective Educator

1.5

PSY 1400 Child Development

3

ED 2161 Educational Psychology

3

Core Coursework:

ED 2355 Children’s Literature: A Gateway to the World

3

ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator

3

ED 2420 School, Family and Community

3

SPE 2600 Introduction to Special Education

3

ED 2700 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy

3

ED 3150 Classroom Management

3

ED 3190 Classroom Assessment

3

ED 3290 Assessment Lab: Literacy

1

SPE 3416 Assistive Technology

1.5

SPE 3417 Writing IEPs

1.5

ED 3985 Education Capstone: Integrating Research Based Practices

3

Required SMK Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 3201 Pre-Practicum I: ESP

1

SPE 3350 Specialized Instruction for Children with Learning Disabilities

3

ED 3334 Pre-Practicum II: ESP

1

ED 3700 The Teaching of Reading / Field Observation

3

ED 3701 Field Observation and Participation

1

ED 3570 Support and Collaboration in Student Learning

3

ED 3751 Supporting Multilingual Learners

3

ED 4567 Senior Field Experience: ESP

9

ED 4567SM Senior Field Experience ESP: Seminar

3

Related SMK Requirements:

BIOL 1057 Life Science for Educators

4

ENG 1180 Introduction to Literary Studies

3

MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics

3

MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers

3

MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics

3

PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology

3

PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children or

PSY 2500 Behavior Change

3

P&H 1010 US History I

3