Requirements for licensure
Described below are the specific requirements for Massachusetts teacher licensure at the early childhood, elementary and secondary levels, as well as departmental requirements for the general minor. All licensure programs are education majors but must be taken as second major only. All students seeking licensure must take and pass the Communication and Literacy sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) before the fall of their senior year as a condition for entry into senior level curriculum courses and the practicum. Additionally, students must pass a subject matter test prior to student teaching (Elementary: MTEL General Curriculum; Early Childhood: MTEL Early Childhood; Secondary: appropriate subject area MTEL). Elementary and early childhood licensure majors must also pass the MTEL Foundations of Reading Test before completion of student teaching and graduation.
Students seeking licensure at any level must also undertake at least 40 hours of observation in an educational setting prior to student teaching. A record of this observation will go in the student’s Education Department file.
Finally, students must have achieved a B- cumulative GPA, at least a B- in the curriculum courses, maintained overall “good social standing” within the college, and obtained permission from the department in order to gain admission to the student-teaching practicum. Secondary education majors must have also earned at least a B GPA within their subject area majors.
Massachusetts Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA)
During the student-teaching practicum (Education 496), students are evaluated according to the following five standards that define the knowledge and skills required of all Massachusetts teachers.
(A) Plans Curriculum
(B) Delivers Effective Instruction
(C) Manages Classroom Climate
(D) Promotes Equity
(E) Meets Professional Responsibilities
NOTE: If a student fails to meet one of these standards, s/he will not be eligible for licensure. In this event, Education 496 will be converted into an Independent Study and the Education Licensure Major will be converted into a General Education Minor.