The MEd Track and Post-Master’s Certificate with Professional Licensure: Elementary Education
Thirty-six credits are required for the completion of the Professional Licensure: Elementary Track of the MEd. Eighteen credits are required for the Post-Master’s Certificate with Professional Licensure: Elementary.
Professional licensure programs at the elementary level focus on building literacy skills in a range of learners through crossdisciplinary instruction and on development of assessment techniques adapted for a range of learners, including those with disabilities and those whose first language is other than English. In the capstone project, students will implement units they have developed and document the impact of this instruction on their own students.
Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate studies programs in the “Admissions ” section of this publication and the “Special Instructions for Applicants to Individual Programs” section of the application for admission to graduate study.
Please see also the description of admission requirements listed under “Professional Preparation Programs for Educators ” in the “Academic & Administrative Policies ” section of this publication.
The MEd Program will recommend admission for those applicants who present evidence of their ability to do graduate work with distinction. Such evidence will normally include:
A distinguished undergraduate transcript, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00;
Evidence of satisfactory grades in the major discipline (for middle/secondary education applicants, at least 3.00 in the discipline[s] to be taught);
Three positive and informed letters of recommendation submitted by persons who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s potential success both as a graduate student and as a teacher. One such letter must be from someone who has been the applicant’s instructor in a college course; another should be from a person who serves, or has served, in a supervisory capacity to the candidate;
Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT). An applicant who already holds an advanced degree is exempt from this requirement.
For all licensure tracks, submission of MTEL scores, as detailed in the “Academic & Administrative Policies ” section of this publication.
The completion of a written statement demonstrating writing proficiency and including the following information:
- the applicant’s specific professional goals;
- a statement showing the fit between the applicant and the College of Education and Human Development’s basic goal of preparing thoughtful and responsive educators committed to change for social justice. Describe experiences or values that have prepared you to become such an educator.
- the applicant’s philosophy of education and thoughts about contemporary schools and current movements in education.