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Elementary EducationEarly Childhood EducationSubject Licensure
Eligibility Eligibility Eligibility
BA or BS BA or BS BA or BS
2.8 grade point average 2.8 grade point average 2.8 grade point average
Documented pass on the Communication and Literacy segment of the MTEL Documented pass on the Communication and Literacy segment of the MTEL Documented pass on the Communication and Literacy segment of the MTEL
Complete PBTL application Complete PBTL application Complete PBTL application
Art student: Portfolio review

Step 1Step 1Step 1
PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development
PBTL 910 Education Foundations
PBTL 910 Education Foundations PBTL 910 Education Foundations
PBTL 001 Field
Study I
PBTL 001 Field
Study I
PBTL 001 Field
Study I

Step 2Step 2Step 2
EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II Professional
Preparation with Field Study II  (offered in fall only)

Step 3Step 3Step 3
2 co-requisite courses:
EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum:  Math with Field Study III

2 co-requisite courses:
EDUC 374 Early Childhood Curriculum: Math and Science with Field Study III

Documented pass on the Subject segment of the MTEL


EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum:  Science, Social Studies, and Special Needs
EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Reading, Social Studies, and Special Needs

Step 4Step 4Step 4
Documented pass on the Subject and Foundations of Reading segments of the MTEL Documented pass on the Subject and Foundations of Reading segments of the MTEL Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar (offered in spring only)


Step 5Step 5                            
EDUC 437-
EDUC 438 Elementary
Professional Practicum
(student teaching)
EDUC 437-
EDUC 438 Elementary
Professional Practicum
(student teaching)

Last StepLast StepLast Step
Filing for License Filing for License Filing for License


Eligibility
Prior studies: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree.  Applicants with inadequate preparation in any area of study will be required to take appropriate courses.  Applicants seeking licensure in a subject area (e.g., art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, history, health/family and consumer sciences, mathematics, or Spanish) are considered on an individual basis in accordance with the subject matter knowledge specified in Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Regulations and the program requirements of Framingham State University.  Each department affiliated with a secondary education program determines the subject matter requirements needed for recommendation to the State for licensure.

Achievement level: Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 (on a scale of 4.0) or the equivalent.  They must maintain at least this average, with no grade lower than C+ in professional education courses in order to maintain eligibility; however, a grade below B- in education courses may be grounds for dismissal.

Massachusetts Teacher Test: Applicants must document a passing score on the Communication and Literacy segment of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) at the time of application.

Visual Art: Applicants are required to have a satisfactory portfolio review. The art advisor will contact applicants for a review.

The PBTL Application contains further information about submission of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the like.
   
Step 1: Two Courses and Field Study
Applicants for all teaching licenses take PBTL 910 Education Foundations, PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development, and PBTL 001 Field Study in Education.  The first two are available in the evening and online in fall, spring and summer sessions through the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. The field study course PBTL 001) carries neither tuition nor course credit. Any of the three requirements may be waived on the basis of prior experience, the first two because of similar courses taken elsewhere, the third by reason of documented service as a teacher or aide or volunteer for at least 36 hours in grades K through 12.

Applications for school placement in Field Study in Education, generally called Field Study I, are available at the University’s Education Department (Dwight Hall 302) or online and should be submitted to the Education Department Placement Center by October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester. Students may not make their own arrangements for field study without the approval of the Coordinator of Field Placements. Late applicants to the PBTL program who wish to take Field Study I immediately should inquire about procedures when applying.  They must contact the PBTL program advisor or the Coordinator for Field Placements to set the machinery in motion.

Elementary Education
Step 2 for applicants for licensure at elementary level (1-6)

   
After the core courses mentioned above in Step 1, the next course is EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II. It is offered during the fall and spring semesters. The class meets at the University several times a week and has a half-day per week field study, observation and participation in a grade 1 to 6 setting.  The field study cannot be waived, however, for it serves as a kind of laboratory for the study of pedagogy in the course.

Applications for school placement for the field study are due in the Education Department Placement Center (Dwight 302) on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester.  Students may not make their own arrangements for field study placement without the approval of the Coordinator of Field Placements.

Step 3 for applicants for licensure at the elementary level (1-6)   

The next two courses, EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum: Mathematics with Field Study III and EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, and Special Needs, are taken together.  They are offered during the fall and spring semesters. The classes meet at the university several times a week and have a full day per week field study, observation and participation in a grade 1 to 6 setting that services both courses. This field study cannot be waived for it serves as a kind of laboratory for the study of pedagogy in the courses.
   
Again, applications for school placement for the field study are due on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester. Students may not make their own arrangements for field study placement without the approval of the Coordinator of Field Placements.

Step 4 for applicants for licensure at elementary level (1-6)
At some time prior to beginning the student teaching practicum (see Step 5) students must have passed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Elementary Education and the MTEL in Foundations of Reading.  The tests are given five times a year in February, May, July, September, and November with a registration deadline approximately six weeks prior to the test. Registration materials are available in the Career Services Office, 412 McCarthy Center.

Step 5 for applicants for licensure at elementary level (1-6)
The last experience is student teaching, offered in both fall and spring semesters.  EDUC 437 Elementary Professional Practicum A and EDUC 438 Elementary Professional Practicum B, each carrying a credit of two courses (8 credits) are the first and second half of a full semester of student teaching.  Students are assigned to schools of placements full-time through the semester, receive counsel and support from a cooperating teacher in the school and a university supervisor who makes periodic visits.  A seminar for student teachers is held after school every two weeks.

Post Baccalaureate students have the options, after completion of required studies in education, of using a semester of employment as an aide or a teacher of record in the role and at the level of the license sought. Courses structured around this arrangement must be requested by the student and approved by the University’s Education Department.  Students seeking this route will register for either PBTL 888 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent A or PBTL 889 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent B.

Applications for school placement for the student teaching practicum are due on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester. Students are assigned to schools of placement on the basis of several criteria including which schools are participating in a given semester, establishment of a student teacher group, geographic location, and transportation problems. Students may not make their own arrangements for the student teaching practicum.

Early Childhood Education


Step 2 for applicants for licensure at early childhood level (PreK – 2)

After the courses mentioned above in Step 1, the next course is EDUC 320 The Young Child: Emerging Literacy with Field Study II. It is offered during the fall and spring semesters.  The class meets at the University several times a week and has a half-day per week field study of observation and participation in the Child Development Lab at the University.  This field study cannot be waived for it serves as a kind of laboratory for the study of pedagogy in the courses.  These courses are day courses and registration takes place through Registrar’s Office, Dwight Hall 220.

Applications for school placement for the field study are due in the Education Department Placement Center (Dwight 302) on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester.

Step 3 for applicants for licensure at early childhood level (PreK – 2)
 The next two courses. EDUC 374 Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics and Science with Field Study II and EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Reading, Social Studies, and Special Needs are taken together.  They are offered during the fall and spring semesters.  The classes meet at the University several times a week and have a full-day field study in schools in primary grades 1 and 2 that serves both courses. This field study cannot be waived for it serves as a kind of laboratory for the study of pedagogy in the courses. These courses are day courses and registration takes place through the Registrar’s Office, Dwight Hall 220.  Again, applications for school placement for the field study are due on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester.  Students may not make their own arrangements for field study placement without the approval of the Coordinator of Field Placements.

Step 4 for applicants for licensure at early childhood level (PreK – 2)
At some time prior to the student teaching practicum (see Step 5) students must have passed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Early Childhood Education and the MTEL in Foundations of Reading.  The tests are given five times a year in February, May, July, September, and November with a registration deadline approximately six weeks prior to the test.  Registration materials are available in the Career Services Office, 412, D. Justin McCarthy  Center.

Step 5 for applicants for licensure at early childhood level (PreK – 2)
The last experience is student teaching, offered in both fall and spring semesters.  EDUC 431 Early Childhood Professional Practicum A and EDUC 432 Early Childhood Practicum B, each carrying a credit of two courses (8 credits), are the first and second half of a full semester of student teaching, full-time every day. The first half-semester is in a PreK setting and the second half-semester is at the K-2 level. Students receive counsel and support from a cooperating teacher in the school or center and from a university supervisor who makes periodic visits.  A seminar for student teachers is held after school every two weeks.

Post Baccalaureate students have the options, after completion of required studies in education, of using a semester of employment as an aide or a teacher of record in the role and at the level of the license sought.  Courses structured around this arrangement must be requested by the student and approved by the University’s Education Department.  Students seeking this route will register for either PBTL 888 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent A or PBTL 889 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent B.

Applications for school placement for the student teaching practicum are due on October 1 for spring semester or February 15 for the fall semester.  Students are assigned to schools and centers on the basis of several criteria including which ones are participating in a given semester, establishment of a student teacher group, geographic location, and transportation problems.  It follows that students may not make their own arrangements for the student teaching practicum.

Applicants for Subject Licenses

Step 2 for applicants for subject licenses
After the core courses mentioned in Step 1, the next course is Professional Preparation with Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and Technology. It carries a credit of two courses (8 credits). There are five different course numbers from which to select the one that deals with the appropriate grade levels and subject.
   
This course is a fall semester offering only.  It meets at the university several times a week and has a full-day field study, observation and participation in the subject and at grade levels appropriate for the license being sought. This field study cannot be waived for it serves as a kind of laboratory for the study of pedagogy in the courses.  These courses are day courses and registration takes place through the Registrar’s Office, Dwight Hall 220.

Step 3  for applicants for subject licenses
At some time prior to the student teaching practicum (see Step 4) students must have passed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in their particular subject.  The test is given five times a year in February, May, July, September, and November with a registration deadline approximately six weeks prior to the test.  Registration materials are available in the Career Services Office, 412, D. Justin McCarthy Center.

Step 4  for applicants for subject licenses
 The last experience is student teaching, a spring semester offering only.  There are six pairs of course numbers from which to select the pair that deals with the appropriate grade levels and subject.  The two halves of the pair as, for example, EDUC 410- EDUC 411, are the first and second half of a full semester of student teaching.  Each half-semester carries a credit of two courses (8 credits).  Students, who are assigned full-time through the semester, receive counsel and support from a cooperating teacher in the school and a University supervisor who makes periodic visits.  A seminar for student teachers is regularly held after school.

Post Baccalaureate students have the options, after completion of required studies in education, of using a semester of employment as an aide or a teacher of record in the role and at the level of the license sought.  Courses structured around this arrangement must be requested by the student and approved by the University’s Education Department.  Students seeking this route will register for either PBTL 888 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent A or PBTL 889 Post Baccalaureate Practicum Equivalent B.

Applications for placement for the student teaching practicum are due on October 1 for spring semester.  Students are assigned to placements on the basis of several criteria: which schools are participating in a given semester, geographic location, and transportation problems. Students may not make their own arrangements for the student teaching practicum.
   
All Candidates
Last step: obtaining the initial License

Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements set by the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program, candidates are ready to be recommended for licensure. Students must present their student teaching Practicum Report to the University’s Education Department (Dwight Hall 302) and should keep a copy for their own records. The student’s record is reviewed by the Education Department and the Dean of Graduate Studies.  When all requirements are completed, the University Registrar stamps the official transcript with the notice that requirements of the teacher licensure program have been satisfactorily completed.  The Massachusetts State Department of Education accepts that statement.

PBTL candidates must be aware that program changes may be required in the future to conform to changes in Massachusetts regulations. The University reserves the right to make such program changes as it deems necessary.

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