BS in Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program prepares teachers to work with children in grades 1–6. Because effective teaching requires extensive knowledge of the subject matter integral to the elementary curriculum and a high level of pedagogical knowledge about the theory and practice of teaching, liberal and professional studies are integrated across four years.

Mentored field experiences, which begin with one-day-a-week placements in freshman year and culminate in full-time student teaching in a classroom in greater Boston, London, Quito, or Sydney in senior year, afford preservice teachers the opportunity to design and implement engaging, content-rich units of study, and to assess children’s learning.

Careful planning allows students to combine this program with special education or bilingual education (English as a second language) (see below for curriculum requirements). Earning a teaching license in these or other areas may require credits beyond the minimum undergraduate degree requirements.

Elementary Education Program (Total Credits: 132)

Distribution Requirements (38 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (American Literature) (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (World Literature) (4 cr)
  • CFA AR 261 Introduction to Art Education (2 cr)
  • CFA MH 105 or 106 Music Appreciation (2 cr)
  • CAS WR 202 Children’s Literature (2 cr)
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 175 or 176 World History (4 cr)
  • CAS NS 101 Integrated Science I (4 cr)
  • CAS NS 102 Integrated Science II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 107 Mathematical Reasoning: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 108 Mathematical Reasoning: Algebra, Geometry, Statistics (4 cr)

Interdisciplinary Requirements (24 cr)

  • CAS HI 151 The Emerging US to 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS SO 210 Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools (2 cr)
  • CAS SO 211 Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms (2 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED EC 315 Child Development and Early Childhood (4 cr)

Disciplinary or Interdisciplinary Sequence (12 cr or more for minor)

  • Three courses in one discipline
  • Three courses across multiple disciplines
  • A minor in one discipline designated by the state of Massachusetts as essential for successful teaching of elementary curriculum: economics, English, history, math, political science, or science. Consult the College of Arts & Sciences for requirements concerning the minor in these disciplines.

Note: Regardless of the option selected, only one course can be at the 100 level, and the rest must be at the 200 level or higher.

Professional Studies (58 cr)

  • SED ED 100 and 101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED ED 225 Project Citizen (2 cr)
  • SED PE 211 Movement Education (2 cr)
  • SED SE 250 Disability, Education, and Public Policy (4 cr)
  • SED HE 221 Foundations of Health Education (2 cr)
  • SED ED 412 Civic Context of Education (2 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED CH 300 Methods of Instruction/Elementary (10 cr)
  • SED SE 515 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)
  • SED ME 545 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Elementary (4 cr)
  • SED SE 480 Teaching Students with Special Needs (4 cr)
  • SED CH 555 Student Teaching Practicum (10 cr)

Elementary Education (1–6) plus licensure endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–8) (Total Credits: 144)

The course requirements are identical to those required for the BS in Elementary Education, as listed above, with the addition of:

  • SED SE 401 Cognition and Learning (4 cr)
  • SED SE 593 Student Teaching Practicum (8 cr)

Elementary Education (1–6) plus licensure endorsement as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (Pre-K–6) (Total Credits: 140)

The course requirements are identical to those required for the BS in Elementary Education, as listed above, with the following exceptions:

  • SED TL 580 Student Teaching Practicum: ELL Pre-K–6 (4 cr)
  • SED BI 515 Methods in Bilingual Education and ESL (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Seminar: Student Teaching: ESL (4 cr)

Note: TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners is not required for those Elementary Education students who are seeking endorsement as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (Pre-K–6). Required content is covered in courses above.