Elementary Education MEd
All students seeking elementary initial licensure (grades 1-6) take the 36-credit sequence of courses. These courses support students in their graduate level learning process.
Courses include an introduction to a developmental perspective on education, research and current understandings about the methods of teaching specific fields of knowledge, classroom management, inclusive practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and instruction of content for English Language Learners. The capstone of the program for the Initial Licensure is the supervised practicum and accompanying portfolio. Candidates demonstrate readiness for the initial elementary licensure by a passing score on the MA CAP (Candidate Assessment of Performance).
Students can choose to complete our campus program where students take 2-3 courses a semester and complete their pre-practicum in their penultimate semester and their practicum in their final semester. This program takes 2-3 years to complete depending on how many course students complete each semester.
- Students can also choose to participate in the Teach Next Year (TNY) pathway. The TNY pathway seeks individuals committed to making a positive impact on students’ success in urban and high need schools. TNY is an intensive site-based program that takes approximately 12 months. As it is a cohort model, TNY only accepts applications for summer.
Why Apply to UMass Boston's Elementary Education MEd Program?
This program offers opportunities for students to learn about elementary pedagogy and content across the curriculum areas. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop teaching skills, action research skills, and knowledge of child development, our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve children and their families as soon as they graduate.
MTEL or GRE
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé
Tuition information is posted on the Bursar’s Office website
This is a 36-credit program with courses in both content and pedagogy. Students are required to complete a 100-hour pre-practicum and 300-hour practicum in a classroom in their final two semesters.
Graduates of the Elementary Education MEd Program are prepared to teach students in grades 1-6 through a strong knowledge of curriculum including math, science, social studies, and English/Language arts. Students will learn the current developmentally appropriate and evidence-based teaching practices that support students and prepare our graduates to support their students to be successful in school.
The Early Childhood Master’s Program, housed within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of educators who are prepared to teach individuals from various diverse backgrounds in school and early childhood settings.
Fall: July 1
- Tejaswini S. Dalvi, Associate Professor of Science Education, College of Education and Human Development
- Christopher C. Martell, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Graduate Program Director of Middle/Secondary Education, College of Education and Human Development
- Denise Patmon, Department Chair, Leadership in Education Department , Professor of Education, Director of Boston Writing Project, College of Education and Human Development
- Patricia Paugh, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development