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Beginning with the Class of 2015, the 4 year licensure program in Middle School or High School Education for Political Science and Chemistry will only be available as a 5 year program through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program.
Students 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. In addition to Common Core, students are required to take the following courses in Stage II and Stage III.
Stage I. Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core) (8 semester hours)
The following courses are required for all general education and ESL majors:
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 English as a Second Language: A major in English, or another modern language or other liberal arts majors, are possible. Note, however, that competence in a modern language at or above the intermediate level is required for all. Required ESL subject matter includes the following courses:
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.
Teacher of mathematics: A major in mathematics is required.
Stage III. Licensure Preparation (32 semester hours)