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The PBTL program in Elementary Education prepares students to obtain the Initial teaching license in elementary grades 1-6. The program includes coursework paired with three pre-practicum field study experiences in public schools. It culminates in a semester long, full-time student teaching practicum. Students may be required to enroll in additional subject matter courses based on evaluation of their application.

To meet the “variety of experiences” requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education students must experience different grades and different schools in the field-based experiences, including student teaching.

Step 1.

The first courses—required for all licenses – may be completed before official admittance to the program.

Prior to acceptance to the program, PBTL candidates may enroll in:

  • PBTL 992 Learning and Human Development
  • PBTL 910 Education Foundations
  • PBTL 001 Field Study in Education (Field Study I).

PBTL 992 and PBTL 910 provide the foundation for learning and development and the history, philosophy, sociology, and economics of education.

PBTL 992 and PBTL 910 may be taken in either order. Both are offered two or three times per year, on campus and online.

Step 2.

Once you are officially admitted into the PBTL program in Elementary Education and have completed Step 1, you continue the professional sequence with:

  • EDUC 322  The Child and Literacy with Field Study II. (fall and spring semesters, afternoon or evening.)
    This course meets on campus six hours per week and requires a half-day per week of pre-practicum field study in a public non-charter school in a grade 1-6 setting. The field study cannot be waived.
  • EDUC 222  Sheltered English Immersion (fall and spring semesters, afternoon class available.)

Prerequisites

 

Step 3. 

Students continue the professional sequence with the following two courses, which should be taken concurrently.

  • EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum: Mathematics with Field Study III
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, and Special Needs. (Both courses fall and spring semesters, day and evening.)

The two courses meet on campus a total of ten hours per week and have one full day per week of pre-practicum field study in a public non-charter school in a grade 1-6 setting. The field study cannot be waived.

Prerequisites

  • 2.8 GPA in coursework taken at FSU and 2.8 GPA in all education coursework.
  • Successful completion of all Step 2 courses. EDUC 341 requires preparation in mathematics equivalent to a recent course in MATH 110 College Math I or permission of the instructor.
  • A Field Study application filed timely. See the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.

Note that two courses accompany the Field Study III experience. In case of hardship, with the permission of the chairperson of the Education Department, PBTL students may complete the two courses, one at a time, with half the minimum required hours for the experience, over two semesters.

Step 4.

MTEL Requirements: Prior to Step 5, the student teaching practicum, students must pass the MTEL General Curriculum test and the Foundations of Reading test. Registration information and materials are available online at www.mtel.nesinc.com.

  • MTEL 090 Foundations of Reading               
  • MTEL 003 General Curriculum

                Multi-subject
                Mathematics             

Step 5.

Students complete their professional sequence with the student teaching experience: 

  • EDUC 437  Elementary Professional Practicum A
  • EDUC 438  Elementary Professional Practicum B

The culminating experience in the program is the student teaching practicum, which may be taken in either the fall or spring semester. The practicum requires a full-time commitment, five days per week.

EDUC 437 and EDUC 438 each lasts one-half semester and carries two course credits (eight semester hours each). Students are evaluated at mid-semester to determine if they are making adequate progress to continue in the student teaching experience. Students receive counsel, support and evaluation from a supervising practitioner in the school and from a University supervisor who visits, observes, and confers with the student. A required seminar for student teachers is held after school on a regular basis.

Prerequisites

  • 2.8 GPA in coursework taken at FSU and 2.8 GPA in all education coursework.
  • Successful completion of all Step 1, 2, and 3 courses.
  • Field Study application filed timely. See the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.
  • Passing scores on the MTEL General Curriculum test and the Foundations of Reading test.

 

Final Step.

After satisfactory completion of all PBTL requirements you are ready to be endorsed for licensure. Candidates must apply for the Initial license in their field to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The student’s record is reviewed by the FSU Education Department and by the Dean of Graduate Studies. When all program requirements have been met, the University registrar notes on the official transcript that requirements of the state-approved teacher licensure program have been satisfactorily completed. For specific information about the licensure application, click here.

 

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