2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) and Specialist Teacher of Reading (All Levels) 52-56 credits

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

This joint program offers students an opportunity to earn their classroom teaching license and their reading specialist license through one streamlined program. Students complete the elementary portion of their program, which provides them with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and supports needed to become effective, licensed teachers in 21st century schools. Once they have earned their Initial license in elementary education, they begin teaching with that license while continuing to work toward an Initial license as a specialist teacher of reading. Candidates build deep relationships with schools as they practice teaching in a variety of settings through coursework, early field experience, and practicum. Students gain a wealth of specialized knowledge applicable to a range of settings, populations, and consultant roles, and apply this in a second practicum experience.

While early field-based experiences are encouraged and courses have field-based assignments, the 75-hour early field experience required for EEDUC 7733 Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6) is integrated within the course EEDUC 6633 Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum.

NOTE: An Initial or Professional teacher license and at least one year of teaching experience under that license are required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to be eligible for a license as a specialist teacher of reading.

Program Prerequisite: An approved child development course completed with a grade of B or better. Without such a course, students may be accepted into the program but must take EEDUC 5122 Development and Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education in their first semester of study.

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.

Practica prerequisites: Unless approved by academic advisor, all courses in each phase must be taken prior to EEDUC 7733, and all literacy courses must be taken prior to EEDUC 7105. Many courses include field-based assignments.

Phase I (12 credits):

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

3

EEDUC 5102Teaching Elementary School Mathematics

3

CMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory

3

ESPED 5114Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom

3

Phase II (6 credits):

EEDUC 5135STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence

3

EEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom

3

Phase III (0-4 credits):

EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)

4

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 (10 credits):

EEDUC 6633Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum

4

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

6

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.

Literacy Courses (24 credits):

With advisor approval, reading courses may be interspersed within program phases. EEDUC 7103 may be taken concurrently with EEDUC 7105.

EEDUC 5104Literature for Children and Young Adults

3

EEDUC 6101Content Literacy

3

EEDUC 6001The Teaching of Writing (K-12)

3

EEDUC 6136Struggling Readers and Writers

3

EEDUC 6135Assessment: A Literacy Perspective

3

EEDUC 7103Roles of the Language Arts Professional: Consultation and Collaboration

3

EEDUC 7105Practicum: Interactive Assessment and Instruction for Literacy

6

EEDUC 7105 Requirements: Before enrolling, students must have passed the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This 150-hour practicum is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.