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Curry College alum with an Elementary Education degree teaches students in her classroomStudents interested in working in public school settings with children Grades 1 - 6 can pursue an Elementary Education degree.  The Elementary Education major prepares students to teach children in general education classrooms in all subject areas.  In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path also requires completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). 

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Camp/Recreational Director
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Early Childhood Educator Grades PreK-2
  • Early Intervention-Developmental Specialist
  • Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
  • Infant or Toddler Teacher
  • Middle School or Secondary Math Educator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Preschool Educator
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities - Grades PreK-8
  • Youth and Family Advocate

Our Alumni in the Field

Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Teacher Residency Program
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Gilson JCC Early Learning Center
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Harmony Natural Learning Center
  • Mystic Valley Charter School
  • Plymouth Public Schools
  • Quincy Public Schools
  • RCS Behavioral and Education Services
  • South Bay Early Intervention
  • St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center
  • Taunton Public Schools
  • The SPARK Center
  • And more!

Admission to Curry College does not automatically include admission to an education major. Undergraduate students interested in an education major apply to their prospective major in the fall semester of their sophomore year (December 1). The online application is available via the myCurry student portal.

Requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Overall cumulative grade point exceeding 2.5. Students must maintain the 2.5 GPA requirement throughout their course of study.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required education courses and courses identified as related requirements.
  • Where applicable, a passing score on both subtests of the Massachusetts Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST)
  • Two recommendations from outside the Education Department

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another institution will be advised into appropriate courses during the advising process.

At this time, the Education Department accepts three education courses for transfer from other institutions: Child Development, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Special Education. Additional courses for transfer may be considered. In all cases, students must submit both transcripts and course descriptions for review. If a course is aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of a Curry Education course, it will be approved for credit toward completion of an Education major.

  • The Elementary Education major provides a broad liberal arts background, rich in content, and supports the content-specific
    regulations from the MA DESE.
  • Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Elementary major.
  • Students must also pass three additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific test, General Curriculum (03). 
  • The General Curriculum MTEL (03) is comprised of a Multi-subject subtest and a Mathematics subtest. A passing score on the Elementary Mathematics MTEL (53) will also satisfy the Mathematics subtest requirement.
  • Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams by December 1st of the senior year in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching-– an alternative pathway to a Major in Community Education is available at this junction and a 9th semester practicum completion plan may be elected.
  • Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.

Pre-requisite Coursework:

AE 1300 Competencies for the Prospective Educator 1.5
PSY 1400 Child Development 3
ED 1150 Exploring the World of Education 3

Core Coursework:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3
ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator:
Elementary and Secondary
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED 2700 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy 3
ED 3150 Classroom Management 3
ED 3190 Classroom Assessment 3
ED 3190L Assessment Lab: Reading 3
ED 3750 Sheltered English Immersion 3
ED 3985 Education Capstone:
Integrating Research Based Practices

Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 3700 The Teaching of Reading 3
ED 3701 Field Observation and Participation 1
ED 3195 Fundamentals of Curriculum: Instructional
Methods in Social Studies and Language Arts
ED 3197 Pre-Practicum I: Elementary 1
ED 3320 Elementary Curriculum:
Instructional Methods in Science
ED 3332 Pre-Practicum II: Elementary 1
ED 4564 Senior Practicum: Elementary 9
ED 4564SM Senior Practicum Seminar 0

Related Requirements:

MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics    3
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers 3
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics 3
BIOL 1057 Life Science for Educators 4
PHYS 1200 Physical Science for Educators 4
PHYS 2001 Robotics and Engineering Lab 1
P&H 1010 U.S. History I 3
P&H 2700 Thinking Historically about Contemporary U.S. 3
ENG 1180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.

Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for all program completers during the 2019-2020 reporting year.

Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,  Office of Educator Licensure, 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333-2196.

  1. Plan thoughtful, appropriate learning experiences that meet group and individual needs aligned with workplace expectations and state / federal / agency frameworks or guidelines.
  2. Carry out well-developed plans and assess regularly and systematically both individual outcomes and the quality of instruction.
  3. Establish, manage, and maintain effective learning environments with attention to positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive climates.
  4. Promote equity through culturally responsive practices and to continually seek to deepen one's knowledge and understanding within a constantly changing society.  This includes, but is not limited to, the complexity and interaction of the following: achievement, individual gifts learning situations and content, family structures, race and cultural identity, gender, abilities/disabilities, varied learning styles across varied learning situations and content, socio-economic status, religion, language and linguistic differences.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and leadership toward a just society.
    1. understand his/her legal and moral responsibilities
    2. advocate for the health and well being of all
    3. demonstrate reflective practices as a means to grow and to question
    4. hold a disposition toward critical analysis and evaluation of ever-changing practices, (including technologies), processes, content,  and oral forms
    5. demonstrate the  ability to communicate one's ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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