Elementary Education (1-6), BSE

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In Short

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, we have the program you need. The university has a rich tradition of teacher education.

Program Overview

Students within the elementary education concentration may pursue initial teacher licensure (grades 1-6) by completing an elementary education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS). In this concentration, students will learn the theory, research, and pedagogy necessary to teach elementary school students through the elementary education major and will develop interdisciplinary studies content knowledge through the IDIS major.

Throughout the program of study, students will complete several field-based experiences in elementary school settings, which will be supervised by university mentor teachers and/or university faculty supervisors. These field-based experiences will provide students with opportunities to observe and participate in elementary school instruction that incorporates what students are learning in their educational pedagogy classes as well as what they are learning in their IDIS content courses. Students will complete a formal practicum for their elementary education major as required for initial teacher licensure. This program meets the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Experiential Opportunities


The purpose of the student teaching practicum/internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

While most of our graduates find work in public or private elementary schools, education collaborative classes, or preschool and day care programs, others work in residential programs, rehabilitation facilities, adult services, and corporate education programs. Graduates are employed all over the country because they have completed a nationally accredited program and fulfill the minimum state requirements for licensure in most states. In addition to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, recent graduates have been hired by school systems as far away as Arizona and Alaska.