EdM in Elementary Education

with Professional License in Elementary Education

This program is designed for candidates who already possess an Initial License (valid in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and who wish to pursue a master’s degree and professional licensure in elementary education. Candidates are not required to have completed the induction year in a school system or the full three years of employment prior to enrolling in this program. However, Boston University School of Education will only be able to endorse candidates after all coursework and the required supervised experience, beyond the induction year, have been completed.

Curriculum Requirements

To meet the state requirement of at least 16 credits of the coursework in an academic discipline related to the license, you will complete four courses in the area of linguistics or four CAS interdisciplinary courses. For the remaining credits, you will complete four pedagogically based courses, one of which must be a curriculum course (CT prefix). You will also complete a mentored field experience of 60 hours.

Discipline-Related Courses (16 cr)

  • SED LS 565 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (4 cr)
  • SED LS 566 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED LS 725 Discourse, Narrative, and Literacy (4 cr)
    OR
  • CAS Interdisciplinary Courses (Choose four graduate-level courses in disciplines that the state has designated as essential to the elementary education: Economics, English, Geography, History, Math, Political Science, and Science.)

Courses in Specialization (12 cr)

  • SED CT XXX (e.g., CT 750 Basic Principles for Curriculum & Teaching or CT 735 Teacher Education & Professional Development) (4 cr)
  • SED course with an elementary education focus, approved by advisor (e.g., Bilingual, Literacy, Math, Media, Science, Social Studies, Special Education) (4 cr) such as:
    • SED BI 621 Bilingualism and Biliteracy (4 cr)
      OR
    • SED LR 733 & 734 Instructional Interventions for Reading and Writing (4 cr)
      OR
    • SED ME 558 Mathematics Curriculum (4 cr)
      OR
    • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (School of Education requirement) (4 cr)

Fieldwork (4 cr)

  • SED CT 703 Mentored Field Practice with Independent Study (4 cr)

Students participate in a mentored field practice of 60 hours. Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston that offer our students rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert teachers and faculty.