Undergraduate Program Requirements
Students who wish to be elementary teachers are required to select a major in elementary education as well as a major in the liberal arts or sciences. A major in liberal arts or sciences is a requirement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Students must apply for admission and be accepted into professional education after completion of ELED 220 Introduction to Elementary Education and before the professional semester. ELED 220 and ELED 120 or PSYC 224 are the only required education courses in which students can enroll prior to official acceptance into a professional education program.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires three Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) for Elementary licensure: Communication and Literacy, General Curriculum (Elementary) and the Foundations of Reading. All three of these exams must be passed as a prerequisite to professional semester courses.
All matriculated undergraduate elementary education degree seeking students must take the professional semester as a block of courses and must register with the department. These courses are usually taken the semester prior to student teaching.
All undergraduate students seeking licensure must consult the section of this catalog entitled College of Education and Allied Studies for information pertaining to admission to a professional education program and the State Regulations for the Licensure of Educational Personnel and important institutional deadlines.
Students must complete 80 hours of prepractica experience. A 40-hour experience is attached to the course ELED 220 . An additional 40 hours is attached to the professional courses. Undergraduates who are not taking these courses together in a professional block must meet with their professor to plan appropriate prepractica experiences.
After completing all education methods courses, students must complete a full‑time, semester-long student teaching experience in a local school under the joint supervision of a university supervisor and a supervising practitioner.
Students successfully completing the program are eligible to apply for initial Massachusetts licensure in elementary education (Grades 1-6).
This program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and includes licensure reciprocity with signatory states under the Interstate Certification Compact.
Core Curriculum Requirements
A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, www.bridgew.edu/corecurriculum. For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies section of this catalog.
Graduate Program Requirements
Once students have completed all requirements of the BSE program and the Bachelor’s degree has been awarded, they will follow the program requirements for the MEd program. However, students completing the dual license program will not be required to complete SPED 508 - Strategies for Diversity: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Course because that requirement will have been met with ELED 242 , completed as an undergraduate.
All requirements for the MEd program are outlined through the following link: