Elementary Education, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson:Margaret Pierce Office: Education Building 205 Phone: 508-565-1901mpierce@stonehill.eduLicensure Program: Elementary Education (1-6)

The Department of Education Studies offers a major in Elementary Education, which leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Elementary, 1-6).

Complete Seven Courses in the Professional Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 202

Reading: Theory and Instruction

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces principles and procedures for teaching the fundamentals of reading. Examines reading as a process. Emphasizes current reading research, methodology, multicultural concerns, reading disability, innovative practices, grouping patterns, and changing language philosophies. Emergent literacy through the intermediate grades.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104. Not open to first-year students.

3

EDU 207

English Language Learners in Classrooms

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course will prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to accommodate English Language Learners in schools. Topics will include language and literacy development, vocabulary and academic language development, diversity issues and current policy requirements, with focus on implications for second language learners and Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104 or EDU 201.

3

EDU 209

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines disabling conditions, legal requirements, and the instructional methods/techniques used for serving exceptional children and youth in the regular classroom, with strong emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism. Fieldwork with students with special needs is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 207. Not open to first-year students.
Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 301

Assessment and Analysis in Education     (fulfills Gen. Ed. Statistical Reasoning)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A systematic and comprehensive exploration that introduces the prospective teacher to the elements of measurement and elements of evaluation essential to good teaching. Course content also examines statistical reasoning as it applies to educational research and practice.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104. Course requires junior status or higher.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

EDU 307

Classroom Management

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Relationship of classroom organization to academic achievement and classroom behavior. An analysis of alternative classroom designs, patterns of interactions, and hierarchies of learning to create a well-organized and effective learning environment.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to first-year students.

3

EDU 102

Foundations of Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces students to the field of education. Built both on abstract and concrete experiences: two-thirds of course time is devoted to historic, social, and philosophical foundations of education. Current issues and information concerning teacher certification are included in the course.

Prerequisite(s): Open to first-year or sophomore-year students only.
Pre-practicum recommended. Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

EDU 220

Children's Literature

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Develops an awareness of and sensitivity to children's literature. Builds skills necessary to guide children's experiences with literature. Explores a variety of genres including multicultural literature.

3

EDU 306

Speech and Language Development

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Investigates normal children's acquisition of sounds, structures, and meanings of their native language. The stages of language acquisition discussed in light of: (a) the organization and description of adult language, (b) biological and cognitive development, and (c) universal and individual patterns of development.

3

Complete Four Courses in the Practicum Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 315

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course familiarizes PK–12 pre-service teachers with instructional and pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching. Develops beginning competence in designing and evaluating curricular programs and activities. Course emphasizes lesson planning, unit planning, and implementation in the PK-12 classroom. Computer literacy skills are addressed throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104 , Course requires junior status or higher.
Pre-practicum: one full day per week required.

3

EDU 320

Teaching Math, Science & Technology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course focuses on developing content/pedagogy aligned with national standards in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). Emphasis will be placed on how students learn within these disciplines. Course culminates in the creation of a community based STEM project.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to first-year students.
Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 435

Practicum: Elementary Education

Offered: Fall Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Elementary (1-6)]. Evaluation based upon Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, completion of all Education requirements, minimum 3.0 GPA, passing scores on all MTEL subtests, and consent of Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 440 .

9

EDU 440

Practicum: Reflective Seminar

Offered: Fall Semesters

Series of evening seminars taken concurrently with appropriate practicum. Facilitated by Stonehill faculty and professional education practitioners, this capstone seminar will address current issues of best practice in education. Issues around assessment and evaluation of teaching as well as professional development and teacher support will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, completion of all Education requirements, minimum 3.0 GPA, passing scores on all MTEL subtests, and consent of Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision.
Must be taken concurrently with EDU 430, EDU 435, EDU 437, or EDU 439.

3

Note

In order to register for EDU 435 - Practicum: Elementary Education and EDU 440 - Practicum: Reflective Seminar during senior year, the elementary education major must:

  • hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00;
  • pass all appropriate sections of the Massachusetts Tests of Educational Licensure (MTEL); and
  • complete all Education coursework, or obtain consent of the Education Department Chair.

EDU 435 and EDU 440 may be completed either fall or spring semester of senior year, in consultation with the student's education advisor.

Complete Five Courses in the Liberal Arts/Sciences Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 201

Developmental Theories

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Developmental Theories focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, physical and cultural development of children (from conception through adolescence) and how their development impacts the learning and teaching process. Course emphasizes the application of theory and research from the field of psychology to the realm of teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.

Pre-practicum recommended.

3

HIS 281

American Nation I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Comprehensive study of American historical development with a focus on the development of U.S. political principles, ideals, founding documents, institutions, and processes. Topics include modes of colonial life, geographical perspectives, the Revolution and Constitution, urban development, westward movement, constructions of race and gender, popular culture, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Considered a United States History.Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

MTH 143

Mathematical Reasoning for Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A one-semester course designed for Education majors. The course includes a review of algebra and geometry. Further topics include: types of numbers, algebraic structures, theory of equations, combinatorics, probability and statistics, interpreting and analyzing data. The course emphasizes problem solving, quantitative and logical reasoning.

3

Note

Elementary Education majors are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete coursework covering: composition, American literature, world history (including European history, from ancient time to present), American history, geography, economics, U.S. government (including founding documents), child development, science laboratory work, and mathematics and science coursework appropriate for the elementary school teacher.

These requirements are completed as part of liberal arts/science strand coursework listed above or as part of General Education requirements. A waiver may be granted if student provides evidence that content has been obtained from other courses or experiences.

Complete a Second Major in Liberal Arts or Science

In addition to Education coursework, Elementary Education majors must complete a liberal arts/science major from the following list: American Studies, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Foreign Languages (combined), French, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Studio Arts, Sociology, and Visual & Performing Arts (Generalist).