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Applications are considered on an individual basis in accordance with the subject matter knowledge specified in Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations and Framingham State University program requirements. Each department affiliated with a secondary education program determines the subject matter requirements – approximate equivalent to the FSU undergraduate academic major – that are needed for recommendation to the Commonwealth for the Initial license. The program includes coursework paired with two pre-practicum field study experiences in public schools. It culminates in a semester-long, full-time student teaching practicum.

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 and have completed Step 1 and any subject/content requirement courses, you continue the professional sequence with:

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  • EDUC 300 Professional Preparation with Field Study II: Special Needs and Instructional Technology (offered in fall only)
    Co-requisite: EDUC 31*

  • EDUC 31* Professional Preparation with Field Study II: General and Discipline Specific Methods (offered in fall only)
    Co-requisite: EDUC 300

*Students enroll in the course that relates to the appropriate grade levels and subject of the license they are seeking (see list below). For information on Field Study requirements and procedures, see the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.

EDUC 315 Professional Preparation with Field Study II: General and Discipline Specific Methods for High School

EDUC 316 Professional Preparation with Field Study II: General and Discipline Specific Methods for Middle School

EDUC 318 Professional Preparation with Field Study II: General and Discipline Specific Methods for Languages Grades 5-12

EDUC 319 Professional Preparation with Field Study II: General and Discipline Specific Methods for Visual Arts Grades PreK-8 and 5-12

  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion (fall and spring semesters, afternoon class available.)

Prerequisites

  • 2.8 GPA in coursework taken at FSU and 2.8 GPA in all education coursework.
  • Admission into the PBTL program prior to this course.
  • Completion of PBTL 910 and PBTL 992
  • Satisfactory completion of all or some additional subject matter courses according to specific department requirements.
  • A Field Study application filed timely. See the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.

Professional Preparation with Field Study II is offered only in the fall semester. The two co-requisite courses meet on campus for a total of eight hours per week and include six hours per week of field study in a non-charter public school. Neither the courses nor the field study may be waived. Note that these courses are offered through FSU’s Day Division only.  Many of the general and discipline specific methods courses are offered at 2:30 p.m. only.

Step 3.

MTEL Requirements: Prior to Step 4, the student teaching practicum, students must pass the MTEL subject matter test for the license they are seeking.

See the information on MTEL subject tests in the Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines. Registration information and materials are available online at
www.mtel.nesinc.com.

Step 4.

Students complete their professional sequence with the semester-long, full-time student teaching experience offered in spring semester only. There are five pairs of courses. Students enroll in the pair of courses that relate to the license they are seeking.

  • EDUC 4** Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I 
  • EDUC 4** Student Teaching Practicum with Seminar II

The student teaching practicum courses have four different course numbers. Students enroll in the course that relates to the appropriate grade levels and subject of the license they are seeking.  For that information and for fuller information on practicum placements and procedures, consult the Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.

The culminating experience in the program is the student teaching practicum, spring semester only. The practicum requires a full-time commitment, five days per week. Each subject area practicum 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.
  • Passing scores on the MTEL subject matter test required for licensure.
  • A student teaching application filed timely. See the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.

 

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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