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The licensure program in Elementary Education (1-6) is only available as a 5 year program through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program. Students wishing to pursue a program leading to a license in Elementary Education take some, but not all, of their Education courses at the Undergraduate level, and complete the remaining Education courses during the fifth year of their graduate programs. All students must take the courses listed in Stage I.
All Education students must complete a liberal arts major in addition to the Education courses. Students may choose from any of the liberal arts majors offered at Simmons. Highly recommended majors are: Psychology; History; English; the Joint Social Studies/Education Major; Mathematics; Biology Education Track.
In addition, Elementary Education students must take a variety of courses that prepare them for their subject matter. These courses are listed in Stage II.
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:
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 (48 semester hours)
History and Social Studies:
Science and Technology Engineering:
Art/Music: One course chosen with advisor
Stage III. Licensure Preparation CoursesStudents planning on continuing into the fifth year must take at least one more Education course. Students wishing to complete an Education minor must take three more courses. Students choose from the following courses, all of which require fieldwork:
During the fifth year students complete the remaining Education courses over the summer following the completion of their undergraduate program. In addition to the Education courses not yet taken listed in Stage III, students take the following two courses:
The Dual Licensure program prepares students for their Elementary Education initial license and the Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs PreK-8 initial license. This program must be done through the five year program. It is an expanded MAT program and requires the following additional special education courses:
Students in the fifth year complete an elementary education practicum during the fall semester and a special education practicum during the spring semester.
Upon completion of the graduate program students receive their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and are endorsed by Simmons for the elementary education license. They apply on their own for the special education license.
For more information about the Dual Licensure program contact Helen Guttentag at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-2553.