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Elementary Art Education Courses

The student seeking the licensure of Elementary Art Education (PreK–8) is required to maintain a 2.70 cumulative GPA and earn a C or better in education classes. Students choose core humanities, social science and natural science options which meet licensure requirements as defined by the Department of Education, and complete a major in art. The student must apply for acceptance into the program during the sophomore year and must meet licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the time of program completion.✣ The SEI endorsement course is required. See education and art advisors.

The College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary to remain in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure standards.

The following courses are required for an elementary/art education major:

EDU 113 - Introduction to Elementary Education Credits: 2
EDU 225 - Human Development and Learning Credits: 4
EDU 231 - Children’s Literature Credits: 2
EDU 238 - The Exceptional Child Credits: 2
EDU 270 - Math Methods Credits: 3
EDU 304 - Creative Arts Credits: 2
EDU 345 - Introduction to Teaching Reading Credits: 2
EDU 347 - Elementary Reading and Language Arts (Grades 1-6) Credits: 3
EDU 348 - Assessment for the Classroom Teacher Credits: 2
EDU 448 - Classroom Management: Elementary Credits: 2
EDU 450 - Education Methods: Science and Health Elementary Education Credits: 2
EDU 452 - Education Methods: Social Studies Elementary Credits: 2
EDU 485 - Elementary School Art Practicum Credits: 12-16
MAT 205 - Concepts of Mathematics I Credits: 4

Core Adjustments for Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Due to licensure requirements, students majoring in early childhood education, elementary education, or elementary art education have specific core requirements in some areas and will receive core adjustments in other areas, regardless of their content-area major.  These requirements are noted here; all other core requirements must be completed as outlined in the Core Curriculum section of the catalog.


Natural Science - NSM 220 - Human Biology, Health and Disease 
Literature - ENG 141 - Western Literature 


Social Science 

Non-history majors will complete HIS 115 - American History Survey and  EDU 112 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education or EDU 113 - Introduction to Elementary Education 

History majors will complete GEG 210 - Principles of Geography  and  EDU 112 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education or EDU 113 - Introduction to Elementary Education 

Foreign Language

The foreign language requirement is waived.  All education majors take either the ESL concentration or the SEI Endorsement course instead.  Students whose second major is a foreign language must still meet prerequisites for 200- and upper-level courses in that major.

Philosophy and Fine Arts

Philosophy and Fine Arts credits will be reduced by two credits each for students with an additional license in Special Education or ESL.  Art majors will fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in that major.