Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Elementary Education Concentration

To meet the needs of adult students seeking a career in elementary education, Becker College offers an evening accelerated degree program in liberal arts designed to prepare students for initial teacher licensure in elementary education (Grades 1 – 6). Classes meet one evening per week (until students reach their required practicums for student teaching) allowing students the ability to continue working while earning the majority of their degree and advancing their career. Becker College offers small classes taught by skilled faculty and working professionals, creating the best environment for academic and professional learning.

Program Description

The licensure program in elementary education consists of a liberal studies major (66 credits and 6 foundation credits) combined with appropriate education core courses and a required supervised practicum in an elementary school classroom. It is required that after students successfully complete 60 credits, they must pass the Communications and Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to continue taking core courses. A passing score on the Foundations of Reading section of the MTEL is required in order to enroll in EDUC4201 and EDUC4202. Students may not enroll in EDUC3305, EDUC3300 and EDUC3102 simultaneously. A pre-practicum course must be completed before beginning a second pre-practicum course.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®) are designed to measure candidates' ability to read with comprehension and write with clarity as well as to measure the breadth and depth of candidates' knowledge in specific subject fields. The tests consist of multiple-choice items and open-response items that typically require responses in essay or problem-solving form. The MTEL program includes tests of communication and literacy skills as well as tests of subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians, and other educators and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought.

Admissions Requirements

The Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies offers a rolling admission process; applications are accepted throughout the year.

Requirements include:

  • Completed signed application
  • Prior college credit(s) earned > copy of official college transcript(s) required
  • No previous college experience > proof of high school diploma or GED required
  • Assessment testing may be required

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