Elementary Education

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Admissions Requirements

  • Online application - A completed online application and $50 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • GPA - A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • MTEL - A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills, the Foundations of Reading, and the General Curriculum (multi-subject and math) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Initial Teaching License - (For those seeking a professional license)

Application Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
*Rolling Admissions: (For Postbaccalaureate Program) admission decisions are made on a rolling basis when completed applications are submitted within a reasonable time frame prior to the start of the academic semester

Students should consult the Admission-Graduate section of this catalog for information regarding graduate program application policies and procedures.

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

Early Childhood Education is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at finaid@bridgew.edu.

MEd in Elementary Education (Initial Licensure) 
For a roadmap of this program, click here.

This program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and seek initial licensure in elementary education (Grades 1-6).

Curriculum

Foundation courses (21 credits)

ELED 510 - Fundamentals of Elementary Education
ELED 511 - Theory and Practice in Teaching Reading
ELED 513 - Mathematical Applications for the Classroom
ELED 515 - Differentiating Instruction: Creating Inclusive Classrooms
ELED 517 - Exemplary Practice in Science Classrooms
ELED 519 - Theory and Practice in Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies
ELED 527 - Graduate Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement for Teachers

Required fieldwork (12 credits)

ELED 592 - Practicum: Elementary Education (12 credits)
or  ELED 591 - Employment-Based Practicum: Elementary Education (12 credits)
or  ELED 592 - Practicum: Elementary Education (6 credits) and
 INTD 592 - International Student Teaching Experience (6 credits)

Exit requirement

A student teaching documentation package (competency portfolio) is required.

Total minimum credits: 33

Elementary Education (Initial Licensure), Postbaccalaureate Licensure
For a roadmap of this program, click here.

Overview
This program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and seek initial licensure in elementary education (Grades 1-6). It has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and includes licensure reciprocity with signatory states under the Interstate Certification Compact. Candidates will also earn SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) endorsement upon completion of the program. 

This is a full-time day program only.

Curriculum 

All three MTEL® tests must be passed as a prerequisite to professional semester courses.

Students must complete 80 hours of prepractica experience. A 40-hour experience is attached to the introductory course. An additional 40 hours is attached to the professional courses: reading, language arts/social studies, mathematics and science.

Foundation course (3 credits)

One of the following courses is to be completed prior to admission to professional education and enrollment in professional education courses.

ELED 510 - Fundamentals of Elementary Education
or  ELED 220 - Introduction to Elementary Education

Professional courses (18.5 credits)

ELED 300 - Elementary Art Methods
ELED 313 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
ELED 330 - Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
ELED 344 - Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
ELED 350 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
ELED 360 - Teaching in a Standards-Based, Inclusive Elementary Classroom
ELED 480 - SEI Endorsement for Teachers

Required fieldwork (12 credits)

ELED 492 - Supervised Teaching in Public Schools: Elementary (12 credits)

Note:

Students successfully completing the program are eligible to apply for initial Massachusetts licensure in elementary education (Grades 1-6).

Total Minimum Credits: 33.5

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

MEd in Elementary Education (Professional Licensure)
For a roadmap of this program, click here.

This degree program is designed for persons who hold initial licensure in elementary education (grades 1-6) and are seeking professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program is designed to meet the “appropriate master’s degree” requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations.

Foundation courses (15 credits)

EDMC 530 - The Teacher as Researcher
EDMC 531 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
ELED 554 - Graduate Seminar in Elementary Education (taken the final semester in the program)

Electives (15 credits)

Complete five graduate courses (400-level U/G or 500-level), approved by the program advisor, from arts and science disciplines. Alternative courses must be approved by the program coordinator.

  • No more than two courses should be in any one arts and sciences discipline.
  • Suggested disciplines: art, English, history, mathematics, reading and sciences.
  • Course selections must be approved by an advisor.

Elementary Education (Professional Licensure), Applications of Technology in the Elementary Classroom Concentration, Med 

This concentration is intended to help elementary classroom teachers learn how to effectively use various technologies to help their students learn. Technology is integrated throughout the program’s course work and offerings are aligned with Massachusetts standards.

Foundation courses (15 credits)

EDMC 530 - The Teacher as Researcher
EDMC 531 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
ELED 554 - Graduate Seminar in Elementary Education (taken the final semester in the program)

Electives (15 credits)

Complete five graduate courses (400-level U/G or 500-level), approved by the program advisor. Four of the five electives must include a focus of the concentration, from the list below. Courses not on the pre-approved list must be approved by your advisor or the program coordinator.

ELED 500 - Digital Media and Mobile Devices in the Classroom
ELED 508 - Technology and STEM Education
ELED 521 - Differentiated Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
ELED 560 - Special Topics in Elementary Education
ELED 567 - Mathematics for Practicing Teachers: PreK-Grade 6

Elementary Education (Professional Licensure), STEM Education Concentration, MEd 

The focus of this concentration is on building teacher content knowledge of STEM education concepts and strategies to support learners in the classroom. Emphasis is on practical application of best practices for STEM education, highlighting hands-on learning and real-world connections.

Foundation courses (15 credits)

EDMC 530 - The Teacher as Researcher
EDMC 531 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
ELED 554 - Graduate Seminar in Elementary Education (taken the final semester in the program)

Electives (15 credits)

Complete five graduate courses (400-level U/G or 500-level), approved by the program advisor. Four of the five electives must include a focus of the concentration, from the list below. Courses not on the pre-approved list must be approved by your advisor or the program coordinator.

ELED 508 - Technology and STEM Education
ELED 522 - Science & Engineering Practices in the Elementary Classroom
ELED 560 - Special Topics in Elementary Education
ELED 567 - Mathematics for Practicing Teachers: PreK-Grade 6
PHYS 597 - Special Topics in Elementary School Science

For all Professional Licensure programs:

Exit requirement

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for additional information.

Total minimum credits: 30

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.