Students in the four year program preparing to teach at the middle school or high school level must double major in education and in a subject matter area taught in public schools. Majors are required to complete the following sequence of courses:
- Stage I: Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core)
- Stage II: Subject Matter Field(s)
- Stage III: Licensure Preparation
Stage I: Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core) (8 semester hours)
The following courses are required for all general education majors:
- *EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change (freshman or sophomore year)
- *GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (junior year)
Students will be evaluated for writing competence at the conclusion of EDUC 156 and must be recommended by the faculty to advance to GEDUC 460. Students will again be evaluated after completion of GEDUC 460. Those students who have not demonstrated strong academic and literacy skills will be offered other options and will work closely with their advisors to find a match for their child-related interests in a non-licensed field.
Stage II: Subject Matter Field(s)
Special subject teachers at the high school and middle school levels must complete the requirements for a major in their subject matter fields. In some areas, additional specific courses are required by state regulations. Students must consult with an advisor in the Department of Education while planning their academic major.
- Teacher of biology: A major in biology is required.
- Teacher of English: A major in English is required.
- Teacher of history: A major in history is required.
Teacher of modern world language: A major in a modern language other than English is required.* Twenty semester hours must be above the intermediate level, and advanced composition and conversation, linguistics, and theories of first and second language acquisition must be included. Students must demonstrate fluency as determined by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures before student teaching. In addition, Massachusetts licensure requires a demonstration of proficiency at or above the advanced level according to ACTFL/ILR guidelines.
*Simmons has approved licensure programs in Spanish and French.
Teacher of mathematics: A major in mathematics is required.
Stage III: Licensure Preparation (36 semester hours)
- PSYC 236 Psychology of Adolescence (Prereq.: PSYC 101)
- EDUC 310 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Middle and High School Level (taken concurrently with EDUC 383, EDUC 384, or EDUC 385)
- EDUC 383 Practicum: Middle School (Grades 5—8) (12 semester hours)
or EDUC 384 Practicum: High School (Grades 8—12) (12 semester hours)
or EDUC 385 Practicum: French, Spanish, ESL (Grades 5—12) (12 semester hours)
- GEDUC 420 Teaching for Content Area Literacy
- *GEDUC 455 Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers
- *GEDUC 47— A course in the curriculum of specific subject areas in middle and high school
- *TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
- SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs