Teaching: Elementary Education

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Elementary Education program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation with extensive field experience for those seeking their initial teaching license as elementary educators for grades 1-6.

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At Simmons, we provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience. Although we offer a one-semester teaching practicum that meets MA state requirements for licensure, many students opt to pursue our unique full-year internship, which provides a full additional semester of mentored teaching practice beyond the minimum required experience.

MAT supervisors observe students a minimum of six times each semester and maintain weekly contact. Many of our program supervisors and supervising practitioners are Simmons alumnae/i, and all are experienced classroom teachers and committed mentors.

Our graduates have exceptional pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) — and quickly build successful careers.

The MAT curriculum combines theory with practice, including multicultural perspectives and teaching skills. Methods courses include related field experiences that allow students to observe and apply teaching strategies and techniques. Our courses address instructional strategies and materials for teaching reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science. Additional courses explore developmental psychology and contemporary issues in education.

We offer a Master of Arts in Teaching, with preparation for initial licensure in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) in Massachusetts. Students may pursue a 36-credit program with a 14-week full-time practicum, or a 42-credit program with a full-year internship. Some partnering schools and districts provide a stipend for Simmons teaching interns. Students may begin the MAT program during the fall, spring, or summer semester. Please review our suggested course sequences to determine which start term best suits your needs.

Simmons also offers a dual general and special education licensure program, as well as Teaching/Liberal Arts dual degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching, plus a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, Gender/Cultural Studies, or History.

Master of Arts in Teaching and Initial Licensure — 36–42 credits

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to suit the needs of current and aspiring teachers who seek initial licensure in Massachusetts for Elementary Education (grades 1-6). Students choose from a 36-credit track, which includes a full-time, 14-week student teaching experience, and a 42-credit track, which provides a full academic year student teaching experience. The MAT program has developed relationships with a variety of school districts in Massachusetts in order to provide our students with the best practicum experiences possible. Some districts offer stipends for a full year of student teaching, and students who already hold paid positions in appropriate classroom settings may be able to complete the practicum experience on the job.

With careful planning, each program track can be completed in as few as four semesters of full-time study. Individuals may design part-time program sequences in consultation with an academic adviser. Please note that acceptance into the MAT program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the practicum. Students must be recommended by the department before moving into the student teaching practicum.

Please review the suggested course sequences below to determine which program track and start term will best meet your needs.

Required Coursework

GEDUC 430
Inclusive Lesson Planning (2 credits)

GEDUC 445
Educational Psychology
(4 credits)

GEDUC 461
Social Studies & Science Methods
(4 credits)

GEDUC 464
Reading Methods
(4 credits)

GEDUC 467
Math Methods
(4 credits)

SPND 446
Learners with Special Needs
(4 credits)

SPND 441
Creating a Caring Classroom Community
(4 credits)

TESL 417
Sheltered English Instruction
(4 credits)

GEDUC 480
Practicum: Elementary Education
(4 credits)

GEDUC 401
Practicum Seminar: Elementary
(2 credits)

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ONLY


GEDUC 488
Pre-Practicum: Elementary
(4 credits)

GEDUC 400
Practicum Seminar: Elementary
(2 credits)

Suggested Course Sequences

YEAR 1Fall Start
(36 credits)
Fall Start
(42 credits)
Spring Start
(36 credits)
Spring Start
(42 credits)
Summer Start
(36 credits)
Summer Start
(42 credits)
FALL

SPND 446

GEDUC 464

SPND 446

GEDUC 464

    
SPRING

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 464

  
SUMMER

GEDUC 461

GEDUC 430

GEDUC 461

GEDUC 430

GEDUC 461

GEDUC 430

GEDUC 461

GEDUC 430

GEDUC 464

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 430

GEDUC 467

GEDUC 430

YEAR 2Fall Start
(36 credits)
Fall Start
(42 credits)
Spring Start
(36 credits)
Spring Start
(42 credits)
Summer Start
(36 credits)
Summer Start
(42 credits)
FALL

SPND 441

GEDUC 400

GEDUC 488

SPND 441

SPND 441

GEDUC 464

SPND 446

SPND 441

SPND 446

GEDUC 400

GEDUC 488

SPND 441

SPND 446

SPND 441

SPND 446

SPRING

GEDUC 401

GEDUC 480

TESL 417

GEDUC 401

GEDUC 480

TESL 417

GEDUC 480

GEDUC 401

TESL 417

GEDUC 480

GEDUC 401

TESL 417

GEDUC 480

GEDUC 401

TESL 417

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 464

SUMMER    

GEDUC 461

GEDUC 445

GEDUC 461

YEAR 3Fall Start
(36 credits)
Fall Start
(42 credits)
Spring Start
(36 credits)
Spring Start
(42 credits)
Summer Start
(36 credits)
Summer Start
(42 credits)
FALL     

GEDUC 400

GEDUC 488

SPRING     

GEDUC 480

GEDUC 401

TESL 417

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