Middle and/or secondary education programs prepare students to teach select academic disciplines at middle and senior high schools. The course work in instructional methods emphasizes helping the preservice teacher become skilled at communicating the principles and concepts basic to an academic subject. Students gain first-hand experience in actual classroom situations early in their University studies, usually in the sophomore year. With an emphasis on acquiring content in the academic discipline and with intensive preparation in simulated and actual teaching situations, students experience and demonstrate competencies required for successful teaching.
Students may elect to prepare for teaching in one or more of the following areas: Art (PreK-8, 5-12) ; Biology (8-12) ; Business (5-12) ; Chemistry (8-12) ; English (5-8, 8-12) ; General Science (5-8) ; History (5-8, 8-12) ; Mathematics (5-8, 8-12) ; Music (all levels) ; Physical Education (PReK-8, 5-12) . Students seeking licensure in Art, Music or Physical Education should refer to the specific requirements listed under the appropriate academic major.
Students preparing to teach at the middle or secondary level must complete the Professional Sequence in Education in addition to the requirements of the appropriate major. All students are required to meet regularly with their academic and education advisor to ensure a timely completion of program requirements. Candidates in Art, Music, or Physical Education should make an appointment with the appropriate chair of their department.
All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy. Advanced Standing: 57 credits, an overall GPA of 2.8, an average GPA of 2.7 (B-) or better in ENGL 0101 and ENGL 0102 , and passing the communication and literacy exam (i.e. Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure, Communication and Literacy). A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work) and a passing grade on the MTEL subject matter test(s) are required for practicum placement. Students must see their advisor to learn about practicum requirements for each license. Practicum placement are limited to a 30-mile radius of the University. Practicum students are not permitted to be employed during school hours or take the University spring break vacation during practicum.