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The PBTL program in Early Childhood Education prepares students to obtain the Initial teaching license in Teacher of Early Childhood: Students With and Without Disabilities (Grades PreK-2).

The program includes coursework paired with three pre-practicum field study experiences in public schools and in the Jeanne M. Canelli Child Development Laboratory at Framingham State University. Students may be required to enroll in additional subject matter courses based on evaluation of their application. The program culminates in a semester long, full-time student teaching practicum.

Licensure regulations require two different grade levels for the practicum. To meet these requirements, practicum students begin the semester in a kindergarten classroom for approximately six weeks. They complete the remaining time in a first- or second-grade classroom.

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.

Enrollment in Field Study I (PBTL 001) requires that students have (a) already completed or be currently enrolled in PBTL 992 or PBTL 910 and (b) submitted an application to the PBTL program.

Step 2.

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

  • EDUC 320 The Young Child: Emerging Literacy with Field Study II (fall and spring), Day only.
    This course meets on campus six hours per week and requires three hours per week of pre-practicum field study in the Jeanne M. Canelli Child Development Lab at Framingham State University. The course schedule structure is listed in the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines. The field study cannot be waived.

  • EDUC 222  Sheltered English Immersion (fall and spring via Day Division)
    TESL 910 Sheltered English Immersion (offered as a hybrid in the evenings spring and fall via Continuing Education; graduate credit)

  • 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
  • A Field Study application filed timely. See the FSU Education Department Field Placement Handbook: Policies and Guidelines.
  • A laptop computer is required for EDUC 320 and all subsequent education courses.


Step 3.

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

  • EDUC 374  Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics  and Science with Field Study III
  • EDUC 376  Early Childhood Curriculum: Reading, Social Studies, and Special Needs

The two courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters in the daytime only. They meet on campus a total of 11 hours per week and have one full day of pre-practicum field study per week in a public non-charter school in a first-or second-grade classroom that serves as a field study site for both courses. The field study cannot be waived.


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 002 Early Childhood test and the MTEL 090 Foundations of Reading test. Registration information and materials are available online at http://www.mtel.nesinc.com

Step 5.

Students complete their professional sequence with the student teaching experience:

  • EDUC 431  Early Childhood Professional Practicum A
  • EDUC 432  Early Childhood Professional Practicum B

Students spend one full semester – either fall or spring – in student teaching. To meet licensure regulations, students spend the first portion of the practicum in a kindergarten classroom. The second part is spent in a first- or second-grade classroom.

The practicum requires a full-time commitment, five days per week. EDUC 431 and EDUC 432 together carry four course credits (sixteen semester hours). EDUC 431 takes place in K for six weeks; EDUC 432 in the grades. 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.



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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