You know you want to be an elementary school teacher — the Dunn Scholars program will help you get there sooner.

Students in our Elementary Education programs are committed to transforming lives, educating learners of all ability levels, and reaching students at a young age to set them on a pathway to success. Our 4+1 program not only provides an accelerated master’s degree program and initial teaching certification, but also equips aspiring educators with the content expertise and toolbox of pedagogical approaches that are the hallmark of confident classroom leaders.

Through our accelerated Kathleen Dunn Scholars program, students begin taking graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree. Upon completion of their four-year undergraduate degree, students immediately begin work in the fifth year towards their master’s degree and initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts for Elementary Education (grades 1-6) with the option to pursue an additional license in Moderate Disabilities (grades PreK-8).

Whether they remain in Massachusetts or pursue a teaching career in another state, our graduates enter the workforce with a full year of teaching experience and gain assistance with the job search through faculty support and Simmons’ Education Career Networking Fair, which provides an opportunity for on-site interviews with area school representatives.

Faculty
    Paul Abraham
    • Paul Abraham
    • Professor of Education
    • Phone: 617-521-2575
    • Office: W304D
    Helen Guttentag
    • Helen Guttentag
    • Professor of Practice of Education and Director of Clinica
    • Phone: 617-521-2553
    • Office: W304F
    Daren Graves
    • Daren Graves
    • Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Bo
    • Phone: 617-521-2519
    • Office: W304B
    Ellen Davidson
    • Ellen Davidson
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Education
    • Phone: 617-521-2549
    • Office: W304H
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Program Overview

The licensure program in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) at Simmons is available only as a 4+1 accelerated graduate program. Students wishing to pursue teaching license in Elementary Education may complete three to five graduate-level education courses during their four years of undergraduate study. Candidates apply during their junior year for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and complete their remaining education courses and master’s degree requirements during their fifth year.

Students who plan to enroll in the 4+1 Elementary Education program may choose to pursue any undergraduate major, but should seek advising to ensure that their chosen major allows for completion of subject matter coursework to prepare for the curriculum they will be required to teach, as well as to prepare for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), which are required for teaching licensure. Students should plan their majors, college requirements, and subject matter courses in consultation with an adviser. Areas of undergraduate study that 4+1 students may wish to consider to enhance their preparation include Biology, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, and the Joint Social Studies/Education major.

In order to be eligible for admission at the graduate level, aspiring 4+1 students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the undergraduate level, and should have achieved passing scores on the Communication & Literacy MTELs.

Students in the 4+1 program must complete a minimum of 128 credits to complete their bachelor’s degree, and will complete an additional 40-50 graduate credits to earn their master’s degree. 

Upon completion of the graduate program, students are endorsed by Simmons for an initial Elementary Education license in Massachusetts. Those enrolled in the dual licensure program apply on their own for their Moderate Disabilities initial license.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

The following courses are required at the undergraduate level for all 4+1 Elementary Education students:

Education Coursework
(minimum of 12 credits)
  • *EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change (freshman or sophomore year)
  • *GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (junior year)
  • At least one additional required graduate education course

*includes fieldwork

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. 

Subject Matter Coursework
(48 credits)

ENGLISH
  • One course in World literature or American literature
  • CHL 313 Survey of Literature for Children and Young Adults
MATHEMATICS

  • MATH 115 Number Systems and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH 116 Geometry and Data Analysis for Elementary School Teachers
HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES
  • HIST 100 World Civilizations I: Pre-Modern Societies
  • HIST 101 World Civilizations II: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • HIST 140 History of American Civilization I
  • POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
  • BIOL/PHYS 103 Great Discoveries in Science or BIOL 113 General Biology
  • PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: The Way Things Work
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
ART/MUSIC
  • One course chosen with advisor
Joint Social Studies and Education Major
Required courses 
(Four credits per course; 36 credits total)
AMERICAN HISTORY
(8 credits)
  • HIST 140 History of American Civilization I: 1607-1877 or HIST 241 Revolutions in the West 
  • One U.S. History course above the 100 level that includes material from the 20th century
WORLD CIVILIZATION
(8 credits)
  • HIST 100 World Civilizations I or HIST 222 Greek and Roman History 
  • One non-U.S. history course above the 100 level that focuses on a period of history since the Renaissance
ECONOMICS (8 credits)
  • ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
POLITICAL SCIENCE (4 credits)
  • POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics
DEPTH (8 credits)
  • Two courses above the 100 level, chosen from history or political science and international relations.
Note: Many of the courses in this major include courses in the subject matter core and the key content area courses.


MAT: Elementary Education Option

A total of 40 graduate credits are required to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education (grades 1-6) degree. Students will work closely with an academic adviser to plan which courses may be completed at the undergraduate level and which will be taken during their fifth year, which begins during the summer semester immediately following completion of their undergraduate program. Most graduate education courses require fieldwork.

Required Courses
(Four credits per course; 40 credits total)

  • GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology 
  • GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
  • GEDUC 461 Social Studies, Science, and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 464 Reading and Language Arts for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 467 Math for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
  • GEDUC 400 Pre-Practicum Seminar
  • GEDUC 488 Pre-Practicum
  • GEDUC 401 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Elementary Level
  • GEDUC 480 Practicum: Elementary Education
MAT: Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities Dual Licensure Option

The dual licensure program is an expanded MAT program and prepared candidates for initial licensure for both Elementary Education (grades 1-6) and Moderate Disabilities (grades PreK-8) A total of 50 graduate credits are required to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities Dual Licensure degree. Students will work closely with an academic adviser to plan which courses may be completed at the undergraduate level and which will be taken during their fifth year, which begins during the summer semester immediately following completion of their undergraduate program. Most graduate education courses require fieldwork.

Required Courses 
(Four credits per course, unless otherwise noted; 50 credits total)

  • GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology
  • GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
  • GEDUC 461 Social Studies, Science, and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 464 Reading and Language Arts for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 467 Math for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology (2 credits)
  • SPND 436 Formal and Informal Assessment
  • SPND 444 Special Education Laws (2 credits)
  • SPND 445 The IEP: Strategies for Development, Interpretation and Implementation (2 credits)
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs 
  • TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
  • GEDUC 401 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Elementary Level
  • GEDUC 480 Practicum
  • SPND 488 Seminar and Fieldwork in Education: Moderate Disabilities (2 credits)
  • SPND 438 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities (2 credits)
Elementary Education Minor Requirements

With several overlapping requirements, students may choose to complete an Elementary Education undergraduate minor and also enroll in the Dunn Scholars program to complete their licensure preparation at the graduate level during their fifth year.

Required courses
(Four credits per course; 20 credits total)

  • *EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change (freshman or sophomore year)
  • *GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (junior year)

Three of the following courses:

  • *GEDUC 461 Social Studies, Science, and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • *GEDUC 464 Reading and Language Arts for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • *GEDUC 467 Math for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • * SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs (or other approved special education course)

* includes fieldwork.

How to Apply

You'll enter the program as an undergraduate and should apply for the MAT portion in your junior year. MAT applications are currently available for entry in Summer 2019 and Summer 2020.

Get started on the undergraduate application.