2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) with Add License Preparation for English as a Second Language (PreK-6) 46 credits

Elementary Education Urban Initiative (EEUI): District-Based Clinical Collaborative Program

The elementary portion of 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.*

While this program endorses candidates for only the elementary license, it prepares them well to add the English as a Second Language (ESL) license through a year-long internship in a diverse school/classroom, which includes field experiences in elementary with ESL, sheltered English immersion, or dual bilingual classrooms. Key competencies relating to culturally responsive teaching, equity, inclusion, differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary teaching, and a focus on Common Core Standards, are integrated throughout the program, as are related ESL competencies. The ESL-related courses, which focus on second language acquisition, linguistics, methods and assessment, add to the skills developed through the elementary courses to assure that candidates are well prepared to address the needs of English language learners no matter what program/classroom instructional model is in place.

The year-long internship aspect of the EEUI program more than addresses the 75-hour early field experience required for EEDUC 7733 Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6). Early field experience is also integrated within the course EEDUC 6635 Theory and Practice: A Contemporary Context for Teaching.

*To obtain a Massachusetts ESL license, students will need to apply for an Initial ESL license with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and have passed the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). DESE also requires students to complete 150 hours in an ESL classroom to qualify for add ESL license. EEUI students will meet this requirement through a year-long placement in a district-based clinical setting. 

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 & Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education in their first semester of study.

Language Requirement: Documentation of having earned a minimum of 3 college credits in a language other than English or equivalent is required for ESL Initial license and must be submitted prior to taking EECLD 7006. For non-native English speakers, English is considered to be the foreign language.

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 EECLD 6002, EECLD 6004, EECLD 6007, and EECLD 6012, all courses in each phase must be taken prior to EEDUC 7733, unless approved by academic advisor, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Phases I and II (15 credits):

EEDUC 5102Teaching Elementary School Mathematics


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


EEDUC 5135STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence


EEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom


EMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory


Phase III (16 credits):

EEDUC 6635Theory and Practice: A Contemporary Context for Teaching


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EECLD 6001Culturally Responsive Teaching


EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


ESPED 5037Strategies for Inclusive Schooling


EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which would reduce total number of program credits to 43.

Phase IV (15 credits):

EECLD 6004First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development


EECLD 6007Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Literacy and Literature


EECLD 6012Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of CLD Learners: Linguistic/Cultural Differences and Disabilities


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


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