2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) and Creative Arts in Learning 42-46 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Elementary (1-6) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and supports needed to become effective licensed teachers in 21st century schools. Students discover the power and potential of integrating the arts into classroom practice and curriculum in order to enhance teaching and learning. The curriculum honors cultural, racial, linguistic, economic, and social diversity; empowers students through fostering creativity and individual expression; and explores various avenues of learning through the arts to accommodate different learning styles and modalities. The strength of this program rests in the underlying philosophy that the arts are central to human learning. Candidates also build deep relationships with schools as they practice teaching in a variety of settings through coursework, early field experience, and practicum.

As early in the program as possible, and prior to the practicum, students must complete a 75-hour early field experience in a classroom appropriate to the license sought. In some cases, recent appropriate classroom experience may be used to document this requirement. (This is not a credit-bearing course, and there are no fees required.)

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Program phases parallel the recommended course sequence. Any changes must be approved in consultation with academic advisor. Students meet for an advising support session following each phase, and more often if needed.

With the exception of the arts elective in Phase IV, all courses in each phase must be taken prior to EEDUC 7733, unless approved by academic advisor, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Phase I (12 credits):

EARED 6110Arts and Education: History and Philosophy


EARED 5018Arts and Human Development


EEDUC 5102Teaching Elementary School Mathematics


CMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory


Phase II (12 credits):

EEDUC 5400Literacy and Literature: Methods and Materials (1-6)


EARED 6115Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Arts, History, and Social Science


EEDUC 5135STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence


ESPED 5114Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom


Phase III (9-13 credits):

EARED 6003An Arts Approach to Multicultural Education


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EEDUC 6310Designing a New Context for Learning


EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)


EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Total program credit variability only applies when EECLD 6115 is waived.

Phase IV (9 credits):

EARED XXXX Arts Elective


EEDUC 7733Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6)


EARED XXXX Arts Elective: chosen with approval of Creative Arts faculty advisor

EEDUC 7733 Requirements: Before enrolling, students must have passed the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.