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Major in Elementary Education (1-6)

Major in Elementary Education (1-6)

The licensure program in Elementary Education (1-6) is only available as a 5 year program through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program. Students wishing to pursue a program leading to a license in Elementary Education take some, but not all, of their Education courses at the Undergraduate level, and complete the remaining Education courses during the fifth year of their graduate programs. All students must take the courses listed in Stage I.

All Education students must complete a liberal arts major in addition to the Education courses. Students may choose from any of the liberal arts majors offered at Simmons. Highly recommended majors are: Psychology; History; English; the Joint Social Studies/Education Major; Mathematics; Biology Education Track.

In addition, Elementary Education students must take a variety of courses that prepare them for their subject matter. These courses are listed in Stage II.

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:

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


  • ENGL 313 Survey of Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • One course in world literature or American literature


  • 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 Science and Technology Engineering: Great Discoveries inScience
       or *BIOL 113 General Biology
  • PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: How Things Work

Child Development:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science

Art/Music: One course chosen with advisor

Stage III. Licensure Preparation Courses

Students planning on continuing into the fifth year must take at least one more Education course. Students wishing to complete an Education minor must take three more courses. Students choose from the following courses, all of which require fieldwork:
  • GEDUC 461 Social Studies, Science and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 464 Reading and Language Arts for the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 467 Math for the Elementary Classroom
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs
The Fifth Year

During the fifth year students complete the remaining Education courses over the summer following the completion of their undergraduate program. In addition to the Education courses not yet taken listed in Stage III, students take the following two courses:

  •  GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology
  • TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
In the fall students being their year-long internships.

Fall Semester:

  • GEDUC 401-01 Elementary Prepracticum Seminar (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 488-01 Elementary Prepracticum (4 credits)
Spring Semester:
  • GEDUC 401-01 Elementary Seminar (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 480-01 Elementary Practicum (4 credits)
Students must take a minimum of 24 credits at the graduate level to be eligible for their MAT degree.


Dual Licensure Program

The Dual Licensure program prepares students for their Elementary Education initial license and the Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs PreK-8 initial license. This program must be done through the five year program. It is an expanded MAT program and requires the following additional special education courses:

  • SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology (2 credits)
  • SPND 436 Formal and Informal Assessment
  • SPND 444 Special Education Laws and Regulations for Teachers and Administrators (2 credits)
  • SPND 445 The IEP: Strategies for Development, Interpretation, and Implementation (2 credits)
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs
Some of the above courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. The remaining courses would be taken at the graduate level during the fifth year.

Students in the fifth year complete an elementary education practicum during the fall semester and a special education practicum during the spring semester.

Upon completion of the graduate program students receive their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and are endorsed by Simmons for the elementary education license. They apply on their own for the special education license.

For more information about the Dual Licensure program contact Helen Guttentag at or 617-521-2553.