EdM in Elementary Education

Initial Licensure in Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) and Special Education (Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K–8)

Elementary teachers are responsible for educating students with a wide range of abilities, including students with moderate disabilities. This two-year program allows candidates to hone their skill and knowledge base by earning a master’s degree in elementary education and two initial licenses: an Initial License in Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) and an Initial License as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–8).

Central to our program are the pedagogical courses and classroom experience designed to induct candidates into the current research and best practices of each subject area in the elementary curriculum and of special education. Integral to this preparation is the time spent in classrooms in both urban and suburban schools. Candidates work in classrooms during the fall and spring semesters both years for a total of four semesters in the classroom.

Prior to the first semester of student teaching, candidates complete a minimum of 120 hours in the field, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum as well as completing other field-related assignments.

EdM Curriculum

Required Courses (58 cr)

  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practice/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED CH 515 Curriculum Methods (1–6) (10 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED ME 503 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • SED ME 504 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades: Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (2 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 613 Field Work in Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED SE 580 Methods and Materials in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)

Field Experience (16 cr)

Students participate in four field placements. 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.

  • SED CH 655 Student Teaching Practicum Grades 1–6 (8 cr)
  • SED SE 593 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities Pre-K–8 (8 cr)