Early Childhood / Elementary Education Licensure

Anna Maria College has a long and respected tradition of teacher preparation. The College’s programs are built on solid relationships with schools and educational personnel in Central Massachusetts. The Professional Development Schools, co-sponsored by the College and area schools, are considered models in the state. The College’s programs prepare students for initial teacher licensure, according to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines.

Teacher licensure preparation includes: Early Childhood Education: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities (Pre-K–2) and Elementary (1–6). The initial license qualifies students to begin teaching in the state of Massachusetts, and is reciprocal with most other states under the Interstate Certification Compact. It should be noted that the initial teacher license is the second of three levels of licensure for Massachusetts schools. The Teacher Preparation programs are interwoven with strong liberal arts learning experiences. Students in Teacher Preparation programs are required to complete a liberal arts or sciences major to qualify for licensure. The liberal arts or sciences major for students in Early Childhood Education is usually Human Development and Human Services.  Students interested in Elementary Education may select one of the following majors: English/Language Arts, History, Humanities, or Liberal Studies.

The College collaborates with a number of area schools and educators in providing field based experiences for students in the Teacher Preparation programs. Students participate in a minimum of 80 hours of pre-practicum field experiences and a full-semester teaching practicum (student teaching). Field experiences provide opportunities for students in Teacher Preparation programs to learn from teachers in classroom settings and to apply what they have learned in course work to the development and education of children.


General Requirements for Initial License
  • A liberal arts or sciences major, or an interdisciplinary major in liberal arts and sciences
  • Courses that meet the Common Teaching Standards
  • A minimum of 80 hours of pre-practicum field experiences
  • A 15-week practicum and concurrent seminar
  • Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy and the Subject Knowledge portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Evidence of sound moral character

Teacher Licensing Requirements for Subject Matter Knowledge and Professional Standards require all students planning on applying for a Teacher License to participate in coursework as follows:

            Subject Matter Knowledge appropriate to the major course of study
            Teaching and Learning Methods Courses (combined with at least 80 hours of field work experience)
            Human Development
            Special Needs
            Technology
            Seminar
            Student Teaching Practicum (300 hours/15 weeks)

Major in Liberal Arts or Sciences for Early Childhood
Students pursuing licensure in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education may major in one liberal arts or sciences area, or in an interdisciplinary program with a concentration in liberal arts or sciences. The usual major at Anna Maria College for Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education licensure preparation is Human Development and Human Services. Students may also select a major to include English/Language Arts, History, Humanities, or Liberal Studies.

Early Education and Care Certification Preparations
Students who may not be interested in Massachusetts Department of Elementary licensure may be interested in working in the field of early education and care. An option for these students includes preparation for the Early Education and Care (EEC) certification. These students would major in Human Development and Human Services and select one of the minors listed below to complete requirements for Early Education and Care Certification.
See the School of Justice and Social Sciences for specifics about the major and optional minors (listed below).

View Minor Options for Early Education and Care Certification

 

Early Childhood Early Education and Care (EEC) Certification Track (Birth to 8 Years) 

HDS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior
EDU 310 Language Arts and Children’s Literature
HDS 310 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
EDU 312 Math & Science Education for Early Childhood
EDU   Special needs course in addition to any course used for Cultural Competency
BIO 130 Nutrition and Health OR Wellness

Out of School Time (Ages 5-13 Years)

HDS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior
EDU 310 Language Arts and Children’s Literature
EDU 314 Out of School Time Curriculum (To be developed)
HDS 310 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
EDU Special needs course in addition to any course used for Cultural Competency
BIO 130 Nutrition and Health OR Wellness

Early Education and Care Leadership

BLP 110 Leadership
BUS 260 Principles of Management  
BLP 320 Group Management and Team Building Strategies
300-400 elective Discuss with advisor
300-400 elective Discuss with advisor
EDU 658 Childcare Administration (5th year option)

 

View School of Education Course Offerings

 

EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching (3)

Introduces the student to the teaching profession by providing a series of integrated topics in discussion group and workshop formats. Modules will concentrate on subjects essential to effective teaching such as educational careers; requirements for Massachusetts teacher licensure; professional expectations and organizations; policies governing education at the local, state, and federal levels; early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary school curricula; ethical issues; diversity in the classroom; classroom management; lesson planning; and effective teaching practices and educational research. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

EDU 201 Education, Culture, and Society (3)

Examines cultural, social, and global questions and values in relation to curriculum, the teaching learning process, and educational purpose and philosophy. Includes topics in social and cultural diversity, multiculturalism, modernism, holism, democratic values, and learning communities.

EDU 212 Developmental Disabilities (3)

Introduces the concepts of learning disabilities, developmental delay, retardation, and emotional

disturbance. Focuses on one major area per course module. Requires no prior formal training or experience.

EDU 215 Integrating Special Needs (3)

The course will integrate special education terminology, laws, service delivery and strategies for classroom teachers to apply in meeting a child's physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges. Awareness of Areas of Disability are covered. Components include observation of children with concerns, the referral process, IEP development and implementation, and working cooperatively as a Team Member with Professional specialists.

EDU 310 Language Arts and Children’s Literature (3)

Introduces the history, development, and current trends in the teaching of children’s literature. Demonstrates strategies to integrate the teaching of all the language arts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Examines award-winning children’s books. Emphasizes literature study groups, author studies, and multicultural literature.

 EDU 312 Mathematics and Science Education for Early Childhood (3)

Integrates experiences and teaching approaches in mathematics and science. Emphasizes approaches that foster inquiry, investigation, problem solving, comprehension, and skill development. Includes lesson planning and field experiences in Pre- K–2 settings. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks are used for reference.

EDU 314 Out of School Time Curriculum (3)

Examines appropriate out-of-school programs for school-age children. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in using a collaborative approach involving children, teachers, family and community in the process of creating an emergent curriculum that promotes interdependent and self-directed learning and meets the developmental needs, interests, and issues of five- to twelve-year-old children Students will develop activity plans which cover the diverse needs of the school-age population with appropriate physical, cognitive, social, creative and language experiences. The essential role of the involved adult leader will be stressed. Includes field experience.

EDU 315 Teaching and Learning Reading (3)

Introduces methods of reading instruction. Emphasizes the teaching of reading through literature. Includes the development of study centers, learning activity plans, and the reading/writing connection. Simulates classroom applications of reading instruction. Includes lesson planning and field experiences in public school settings. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.  

EDU 316 Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (3)

Integrates experiences and teaching approaches in mathematics and science. Emphasizes approaches which foster inquiry, investigation, problem-solving, comprehension, and skill development. Includes lesson planning and field experiences in public school settings.   

EDU 332 Learning Disabilities (3)

Studies the identification and remediation of specific learning problems that impact a student’s ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematics.  Reviews the federal and state regulations and definitions of a specific learning disability, eligibility criteria for services and strategies to enhance student learning.  Administration of an individual achievement test will enable students to recognize learning differences and the need for IEP goals and objectives. Prerequisite: PSY 207 or equivalent.

EDU 336 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)

This Introductory course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the federal and state laws pertaining to special education, as well as the role and responsibilities of the teacher of students with moderate special needs.  Students will examine the characteristics of children with exceptional needs and approaches to intervention and remediation in inclusive and substantially separate programs.  Students will become familiar with the development and implementation of IEP’s (Individual Education Plans), and teaching strategies and methods that are research-based and support a variety of learning styles. Prerequisite: PSY 207 or equivalent.

EDU 409 / EDU 410 Field Placement (0 credit)
Students participate in a 40 hour field placement experience in conjunction with methods courses. Field placement is arranged, with student input, by the Education Programs Field Placement Coordinator.

EDU 412 Methods of Teaching - Middle/Secondary School (3)
Explores the interrelated aspects of teaching and learning in middle/secondary schools.  Students examine the practices of effective teachers, demonstrate various teaching methods, and develop reflective practice skills while connecting theory with practice.  Includes lesson planning and a 40 hour field placement.   

EDU 420 Student Teaching Seminar (3)
Provides opportunities for student teachers to work in teams to observe and assist in classrooms, to plan learning activities across a variety of curriculum areas, and to reflect on their teaching experiences. Includes reflection and dialogue on classroom teaching-learning activities with student teachers, classroom teachers, and college instructors and/or supervisors. Taken concurrently with Teaching Practicum and aligns with the Department of Elementary licensure requirements.

EDU 423 Teaching Practicum (Early Childhood) (12)
Engages teacher education students in observing, assisting, and teaching in early childhood classrooms for 300 or more hours during the semester, including 150 hours at the preschool or K level and 200 hours at the grade 1 or 2 level. Directed by school personnel and college supervisors. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Pre-Service Performance Assessment is the assessment tool for this experience.

EDU 424 Teaching Practicum (Elementary) (12)
Engages teacher education students in observing, assisting, and teaching in elementary classrooms for 300 or more hours during the semester, including a minimum of 135 hours of direct teaching. Directed by school personnel and college supervisors. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Pre-Service Performance Assessment is the assessment tool for this experience. 

EDU 434 Teaching Seminar (Agency Preschool) (3)
Provides opportunities for students to plan learning activities for preschool settings. Includes reflections and dialogue on preschool teaching-learning activities. Taken concurrently with EDU 435.

EDU 435 Teaching Practicum (Agency Preschool) (12)
Engages students in observing, assisting, and teaching in preschool settings for 150 hours under the direction of agency personnel and college supervisors. Full-time day division.

EDU 499 Internship (3-6)
An opportunity for senior students who are on non-licensure track to gain experience in a public or private educational setting.

 


For more information, please contact:

Christine L. Holmes, Ed.D.

Dean, School of Education
(508) 849-3418

cholmes@annamaria.edu