EdM in Elementary Education

Initial License in Elementary Education (Grades 1–6)

The Elementary Education Program is designed for a candidate with a liberal or professional undergraduate degree who seeks licensure as an elementary teacher. Our graduate candidates embark on a rigorous course of study while apprenticing in urban and suburban classrooms.

The pedagogical courses and classroom experiences are designed to induct preservice teachers into the current research and best practices of each subject area in the elementary curriculum.

Prior to student teaching, students complete a minimum of 120 hours in the field, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum as well as completing other field-related assignments. In the spring, candidates student-teach for the entire semester, assuming major responsibility for designing and implementing effective instruction and assessing children’s learning.

Curriculum Requirements

Coursework (34 cr)

  • SED ED 502/503 Analyzing Foundations of Teaching (2 cr)
  • SED CH 515 Curriculum Methods (1–6) (10 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 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 TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)

Field Experiences (8 cr)

Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston that offer rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert teachers and faculty. Students participate in a total of three field placements:

SED CH 655 Student Teaching Practicum: Elementary 1–6 (8 credits). The practicum includes a full semester of supervised classroom experience, plus seven seminars.