Elementary Education Major (Grades 1-6)
This major is only granted in conjunction with another Wheaton major. Students must consult the elementary program coordinators for guidance regarding courses required for the Massachusetts initial teaching license. This license can be converted into a license valid in other states by contacting the respective state department of education.
Eligibility for EDUC 495/EDUC 496 requires a CGPA of 2.67, a B- or better in EDUC 230, EDUC 385 and EDUC 390, a CGPA of 2.67, a 40-hour observation residency, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam (before the fall of senior year), and passing scores on the MTEL General Curriculum Math and Multi Subject exam and MTEL Foundations of Reading exam, and good social standing according to the Dean of Students with no conduct hearings pending.
The elementary education program coordinators may grant waivers authorizing students to take alternative courses. These waivers are granted when students have taken a similar Wheaton course or a similar course at another institution. In extraordinary circumstances, the coordinator may grant waivers based on reading lists or assignments completed in multiple courses. Waivers may be granted for foundation courses or subject-matter courses, but not for EDUC 385, EDUC 390 or EDUC 495/EDUC 496. Ordinarily, coordinators will grant no more than two waivers per student (exceptions are made for students who take relevant courses abroad).
Major requirements in Elementary Education
Pre-Practicum Core Courses
(8 courses, 8 credits)
EDUC 230 Teaching English Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
EDUC 385 Teaching Math and Science
EDUC 390 Teaching Reading and Language Arts
MATH 133 Concepts of Mathematics
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
PSY 203 Child Development
(Senior year, second semester) (2 courses, 3.5 credits)
State Mandated Distribution Courses
(minimum 6 courses, 6 credits)
At least two Science courses, Life Science and Physical Science
Two U.S. History or Political Science courses
One World History course
One American or British Literature course
During the senior year, a student will complete a semester-long two-and-one-half-credit student teaching practicum plus a one-credit seminar in reflective teaching practices. While student teaching, Wheaton students will be at the cooperating school for the entire school day and will follow the public school calendar. They may take only one additional Wheaton credit during the semester and this must be fulfilled after the regular school hours. A student must notify the department chair of any incomplete grade from the previous semester. An incomplete may disqualify the student from admission to the practicum.
Arts, sciences and humanities distribution course work in the field of elementary education
A student must also take approximately nine semester courses equivalent to 36 semester hours of credit in the following areas: literature, the sciences, mathematics and the social sciences. These requirements are normally met by careful selection of liberal arts courses that fulfill Wheaton's general distribution requirements. Consult the Education Department faculty for a list of courses that are especially recommended. Specifically, students are also required to take MATH 133 and MATH 141 to fulfill their mathematics requirement, unless a waiver is granted by the Mathematics Department. Licensure regulations are determined by the state of Massachusetts; thus, students must stay abreast of possible changes.