“I can't say enough about the Education program. I was so close with all of my professors...I was always emailing and meeting with them. And the small class sizes are great - it was so personal. I loved it!”
Monica Distefano '14
6th Grade Math Teacher
Major: Elementary Education
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Elementary Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working in public school settings with children Grades 1 - 6 can pursue a major in Elementary Education. 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 a second major (Integrated Liberal Studies) and completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
- The dual major in Integrated Liberal Studies 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 two additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific test, General Curriculum (03).
- The General Curriculum MTEL is comprised of a Multi-subject subtest (03) and a Mathematics subtest (53). A passing score on the Elementary Mathematics MTEL (09) will also satisfy the Mathematics subtest requirement.
- Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching
- Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.
INSTITUTIONAL PASS RATES:
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 program completers during the 2014-2015 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; www.mtel.nesinc.com. For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333.2196.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|
|ED 2161||Educational Psychology||3|
|ED 2410||Strategies for the Effective Educator||3|
|ED 2600||Children with Special Needs||3|
|ED 2700||Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy||3|
|ED 3190||Classroom Assessment||3|
|ED 3750||Sheltered English Immersion||3|
|ED 3985||Integrating Senior Seminar (Senior Capstone)||3|
Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:
|ED 3700||Teaching of Reading/Field Observation||4|
|ED 3700-L||Teaching of Reading Lab||0|
|ED 3195||Fundamentals of Curriculum||3|
|ED 3197||Pre-Practicum I: Elementary||1|
|ED 3320||Elementary Curriculum 1-6||3|
|ED 3332||Pre-Practicum II: Elementary||1|
|ED 4564||Senior Practicum: Elementary||9|
|ED 4564SM||Senior Practicum Seminar||0|
|MATH 1550||College Math I: Numbers and Numeration||3|
|MATH 2550||College Math II: Algebra and Number Theory||3|
|MATH 3250||College Math III:Geometry and Data||3|
Kelly Nichols '12 (Elementary Education) was recognized by the Everett School Department as a Golden Apple Award winner for the 2015-2016 school year. Golden Apple Award winners are nominated by their peers and supervisors and "represent the best that the Everett Schools have to offer."
Each fall semester, Education majors have the unique opportunity to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education workshop at the Boston Museum of Science. This workshop is part of Curry's science-focused 'Elementary Curriculum' course and is designed to enable students to broaden their planning and teaching repertoire for elementary students (grades 1- 6).
"I loved the Education Program at Curry. I applied to five other schools. Coming here was definitely the best decision. At other colleges, you have one or two semesters of student teaching, and Curry gives you four to make sure that you really want to and are ready to teach." - Lauren Chuha '14, 3rd Grade Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools
Growing up, Jordan Lancaster '13 always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She finally realized that dream after graduating from Curry with a degree in elementary education and integrated liberal studies, and is now teaching at the Laura E. Richards Elementary School in Maine.
The Curry Early Childhood Center is an integral part of the Curry College Community. The Center provides a warm and nurturing educational experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, and also offers Curry College students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences.
Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.
Congratulations to members of the Curry education and health faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!
The Education Club provides professional development opportunities to students showing interest in the field of education. The Education Club also seeks to involve children and families from neighboring areas in education-related activities.
Choose a master's program in elementary education-grades 1-6 or a program in special education-moderate disabilities, grades PreK-8 at Curry College, where you can explore how good teaching practice builds on the latest educational theory and research.