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Major in Middle & High School Education

Major in Middle & High School Education

Beginning with the Class of 2015, the 4 year licensure program in Middle School or High School Education for Political Science and Chemistry will only be available as a 5 year program through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program.

Students preparing to teach at the middle school or high school level must double major in education and in a subject matter area taught in public schools. In addition to Common Core, students are required to take the following courses in Stage II and Stage III.

Stage I. Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core) (8 semester hours)

The following courses are required for all general education and ESL majors:

  • *EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change (freshman or sophomore year)
  • *GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (junior year)
    *Includes fieldwork

Students will be evaluated for writing competence at the conclusion of EDUC 156 and must be recommended by the faculty to advance to GEDUC 460. Students will again be evaluated after completion of GEDUC 460. Those students who have not demonstrated strong academic and literacy skills will be offered other options and will work closely with their advisors to find a match for their child-related interests in a non-licensed field.

Stage II. Subject Matter Field(s)

Special subject teachers at the high school and middle school levels must complete the requirements for a major in their subject matter fields. In some areas, additional specific courses are required by state regulations. Students must consult with an advisor in the Department of Education while planning their academic major.

Teacher of biology: A major in biology is required.

Teacher of English: A major in English is required.

Teacher of English as a Second Language: A major in English, or another modern language or other liberal arts majors, are possible. Note, however, that competence in a modern language at or above the intermediate level is required for all. Required ESL subject matter includes the following courses:

  • *ML 310 Introduction to Linguistics and English Grammar
  • *TESL 445 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing in a Second Language
  • TESL 451 Bilingualism and Language Variation in Multicultural Settings
  • *TESL 479 Teaching English as a Second Language Methodology and Curriculum Development
  • *ML 408 Second Language Acquisition
    *Includes fieldwork
    See page 114 for more details about English as a Second Language.

Teacher of history: A major in history is required.

Teacher of modern world language: A major in a modern language other than English is required. Twenty semester hours must be above the intermediate level, and advanced composition and conversation, linguistics, and theories of first and second language acquisition must be included. Students must demonstrate fluency as determined by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures before student teaching. In addition, Massachusetts licensure requires a demonstration of proficiency at or above the advanced level according to ACTFL/ILR guidelines.

Teacher of mathematics: A major in mathematics is required.

Stage III. Licensure Preparation (32 semester hours)

  • PSYC 236 Psychology of Adolescence (Prereq.: PSYC 101)
  • EDUC 310 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Middle and High School Level (taken concurrently with EDUC 383, EDUC 384, or EDUC 385)
  • EDUC 383 Practicum: Middle School (Grades 5—8) (12 semester hours)
       or EDUC 384 Practicum: High School (Grades 8—12) (12 semester hours)
       or EDUC 385 Practicum: French, Spanish, ESL (Grades 5—12) (12 semester hours)
  • GEDUC 420 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum in the Secondary School
  • *GEDUC 455 Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers
  • *GEDUC 47— A course in the curriculum of specific subject areas in middle and high school

*Includes fieldwork

Strongly recommended:

  • GEDUC 424 Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom