Elementary Education

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston
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Why Elementary Education?

This Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education is designed to enhance your foundational skills, broaden your perspectives, and strengthen your ability to inspire and educate.

Designed for aspiring teachers and career-changers, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education provides an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse educational needs, social concerns, and cultural values of today’s elementary and secondary schools.

The comprehensive nature of the program enhances foundational practice and theory and prepares graduates to excel as skilled leaders in education. Upon completing this master's degree, which includes pre-practicum/early field work observations and a full term of student teaching, you will be well positioned to make a meaningful impact in your school, in your community, and in the lives of your students.

The MAT+ option provides qualifying students with the opportunity to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (Teacher of Students of Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8 or 5-12), or an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a Second Language, PreK-8 or 5-12). Teacher candidates may also plan a program of study that allows for triple licensure in consultation with the Program Director.


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Unique Features

  • MAT+ option
  • Students partake in pre-practicum/early field work observations, teaching practicum and seminars, and a full term of student teaching
  • Choose from elective courses covering a broad range of skills and approaches, including literacy, behavior management, and special education strategies

Program Objectives

  • Gain political, social, and historical perspectives on education
  • Explore the richly complex environments of schools and communities
  • Develop a working understanding of teaching and learning in diverse settings
  • Investigate how humans learn, acquire knowledge, and make sense of their experiences
  • Examine theories of teaching and explore how best to teach for understanding and learning achievement
  • Research methods and materials, pedagogies, and assessment strategies that foster integrated learning

Scholarships

  • MacFarland Scholarship – New, incoming students who are working or have the intention of working as an educator in a public school at the elementary or secondary level, within an urban area, are eligible to receive a scholarship award of up to $10,000

Accreditation Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) has been approved for initial licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of teachers is expected to grow approximately 13 percent—the average pace for all occupations. Teachers who specialize in fields such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education or are willing to work urban districts, rural areas or states with increasing populations will be in greater demand. Most job openings will result from the need to replace the large number of teachers who are expected to retire by 2018.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education General Requirements
EDU 6104 - Child and Adolescent Development, Learning, and Teaching
4.00
EDU 6107 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
4.00
EDU 6101 - Critical Issues in Education: Past and Present
2.00
EDU 6102 - Reflection, Community Engagement, and Agency in Education
2.00
EDU 6086 - Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction
4.00
EDU 6154 - Inquiry in the Sciences and Humanities
4.00
EDU 6155 - Inquiry in Mathematics
4.00
EDU 6185 - English-Language Learners in the General Education Classroom
4.00
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
4.00
EDU 6183 - Collaborative Strategies for Effective Classroom Management
3.00
EDU 6866 - Teaching Practicum and Seminar
1.00 - 8.00

Elective Courses

Complete 4 quarter hours from the following:

EDU 6023 - Institute in Creating a Community of Learners/Behaviors
4.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
EDU 6300 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics
4.00
EDU 6425 - Special Education: Role of Special Educators in an Inclusive School
4.00
EDU 6426 - Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
4.00
EDU 6429 - Variations in Child and Adolescent Development
4.00
EDU 6437 - Assessment in Education
4.00
EDU 6438 - Teachers as Curriculum Leaders
4.00
EDU 6465 - Critical and Creative Thinking
4.00
EDU 6516 - Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment
4.00
EDU 6520 - Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
4.00
EDU 6528 - Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration
4.00
EDU 6569 - Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics
4.00

The MAT+ offers qualifying students the opportunity to complete a MAT with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (teacher of students of moderate disabilities, PreK–8 or 5–12), or an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a Second Language, PreK-8 or 5-12). Teacher candidates may also plan a program of study that allows for triple licensure in consultation with the program director.

Options

MAT+ in Special Education

The special education course requirement are: 

EDU 6425 - Special Education: Role of Special Educators in an Inclusive School
4.00
EDU 6426 - Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
4.00
EDU 6528 - Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration
4.00
EDU 6569 - Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics
4.00
EDU 6874 - Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review
0.00 - 4.00
MAT+ in English as a Second Language (ESL)

This Commonwealth of Massachusetts-approved MAT+ program consists of five courses, some of which may be taken as electives in the MAT program.

The English as a Second Language course requirements are:

EDU 6300 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics
4.00
EDU 6516 - Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment
4.00
EDU 6517 - Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language: Research and Practice
4.00
EDU 6310 - Literacy Development and the Academic Domains
4.00
EDU 6874 - Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review
0.00 - 4.00

Thinking about pursuing a graduate degree?

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Did You Know?

Job growth for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers is expected to grow 14% by 2020.

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No