Elementary Education

Master’s and Initial Licensure in Elementary Education

According to Albert Einstein, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” We set as our mission the awakening of such joy. The Elementary Education program has a long and proud tradition of preparing teachers who care deeply about the education and well-being of all children. At the heart of this mission is a fundamental conception of education in a democratic society that recognizes the worth and freedom of the individual, and that prepares children and youth to work together for the common good through enlightened participation in the civic life of their communities and the nation.

As advocates of social justice, our teachers must possess a deep understanding of how issues such as race, class, gender, culture, poverty, and power affect children academically, socially, and emotionally—regardless of whether they teach in urban or suburban schools. They must promote critical reflection of the world around them and strive to create a culturally responsive classroom.  In addition, our teachers must possess not only a demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter integral to the elementary curriculum but also a passion to share the ideas embodied in these disciplines. They are required to bring a high level of content and pedagogical knowledge to their teaching, translating theory and research into effective practice with the goal of narrowing the achievement gap. Central to achieving pedagogical excellence, our teachers are asked to continually reflect on the quality of their teaching with the goal of enhancing their effectiveness, and to appreciate that such reflection results in the never-ending quest for new knowledge and understanding.

To attain this level of artistry and craft, you will embark on a rigorous course of study while apprenticing in urban and suburban classrooms. The pedagogical courses and classroom experiences are designed to induct pre-service teachers into the current research and best practices of each subject area in the elementary curriculum. Prior to student teaching, you will complete a minimum of 100 hours in the field, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum as well as completing other field-related assignments. In the spring, you will student teach for the entire semester, assuming major responsibility for designing and implementing effective instruction and assessing children’s learning.

Through courses and field work, our pre-service teachers:

  • Implement teaching strategies and assessment procedures that have yielded successful results with diverse populations.
  • Teach children to read and write well, while instilling a passion for the written word.
  • Tap children’s curiosity about the world around them in order to introduce and extend key science and social science concepts.
  • Foster mathematical understanding and proficiency through real-world engagement.
  • Practice planning and teaching lessons and assessing children’s learning in a real classroom.
  • Explore the historical, philosophical, social, and political issues that underpin our work in schools with children.
  • Foster enlightened civic engagement among their students.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Elementary Education with Initial License.
  • Program Duration: One calendar year in addition to licensure requirements beyond the program (child development course, health PE). Duration for part-time students varies.
  • Start Term: The program begins during the summer semester to ensure that you attain your license the following summer in time to apply for a teaching position. You also may start in September, but you will not receive your license until late October, which will affect job opportunities. Students may not begin the program during the spring semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the initial level in Elementary Education for grades 1–6.
  • Study Abroad: You may choose to extend the program and student teach abroad in London, Sydney, or Ecuador!
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jennifer Bryson, jbryson@bu.edu, 617-353-7109
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Master's in Elementary Education and Initial Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education

Elementary teachers are responsible for educating students with a wide range of abilities, including students with moderate disabilities. This two-year program enables 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 and an Initial License as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities.

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.  You will work in the classroom 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, you will complete a minimum of 100 hours in the field, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum as well as completing other field-related assignments. Beginning in January of the first year, you will student teach for the entire semester, assuming major responsibility for designing and implementing effective instruction and assessing children’s learning.

Through courses and field work you:

  • Learn principles of curriculum and instruction for students with special needs.
  • Implement teaching strategies and assessment procedures that have yielded successful results with populations with special needs.
  • Explore the historical, philosophical, social, and political issues that underpin our work in schools with children.
  • Learn how to teach children to read and write well while instilling a passion for the written word.
  • Discover how to tap children’s curiosity about the world around them in order to introduce and extend key science and social science concepts.
  • Learn how to foster mathematical understanding and proficiency through real-world engagement.
  • Practice planning and teaching lessons and assessing children’s learning in a real classroom.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education.
  • Program Duration: Two calendar years. Duration for part-time students varies.
  • Start Term: The program begins during the summer semester to ensure that you attain your license the following summer in time to apply for a teaching position. You also may start in September but you will not receive your license until late October which will affect job opportunities. Students may not begin the program during the spring semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the initial level in Elementary Education for grades 1–6 and the initial level for Teaching of Students with Moderate Disabilities.
  • Study Abroad: You may choose to extend the program and student teach abroad in London, Sydney, or Ecuador!
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jennifer Bryson, jbryson@bu.edu, 617-353-7109
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Master’s and 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.

This master’s program gives you exposure to Graduate Arts & Sciences courses and pedagogical courses.  At least half of the coursework must be in the arts and sciences; the area of linguistics serves as an example.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Elementary Education with Professional License.
  • Program Duration: One calendar year in addition to licensure requirements beyond the program (child development course, health PE). Duration for part-time students varies.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the professional level in Elementary Education for grades 1–6.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jennifer Bryson, jbryson@bu.edu, 617-353-7109
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.