Sep 20, 2021  
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog

School of Education - Undergraduate Programs


Programs

Applied Behavior Analysis
Liberal Studies/Education Major with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (Bachelor of Arts)
Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Minor

Early Childhood Education
Liberal Studies/Education Major with Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Concentration (PreK-Grade 2) (Bachelor of Arts)

Educational Studies
Liberal Studies/Education Major with Educational Studies Concentration (Bachelor of Arts)
Education Minor
Family and Child Life Studies Minor

Elementary Education
Liberal Studies/Education Major with Elementary Teacher Licensure Concentration (Grades 1-6) (Bachelor of Arts)

Endicott College Teaching Fellows Program

Fifth Year Master of Education

Secondary Education
Secondary Teacher Licensure Concentration

Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

In addition to the undergraduate minor in ABA, Endicott currently offers several graduate programs focusing on the acquisition of ABA techniques, leading to expertise in intervention for this complex disorder. First and foremost, the faculty offer both a Master of Education in ABA/Autism and an advanced graduate Certificate in Autism for students who hold board certification in ABA. This M.Ed. program provides intensive training in both the idiosyncratic learning characteristics of children diagnosed with ASD as well as the fundamental science of ABA. The program includes the five required ABA courses that lead to eligibility for certification as a BCBA. It is offered in a hybrid format, utilizing both distance learning and traditional classroom instruction. The BCBA certification is important in that it is becoming increasingly recognized as the certification emphasizing preparation in the field of ABA. Coupled with specialized training in ASD, graduates of this program are expertly trained to work with this population. Students may pursue this degree with or without teacher licensure.

In addition, Endicott offers a Master of Education program that combines courses in special education with the five required ABA courses for BCBA certification. Students may pursue this degree with or without teacher licensure. A similar master’s program in moderate or severe special education teacher training is also offered. This special education teacher preparation program embedding the BCBA certification training is one of only two such programs in the United States. A non-degree certificate program consisting of the five-course certification sequence in ABA is also available.

 


Liberal Studies/Education Major with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (Bachelor of Arts)


Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126


Freshman - Credits: 33


  • Liberal Studies Elective (Cr:3)
  • INT010 (Cr: 0)

Sophomore - Credits: 32


  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 2   (Cr: 3)
  • Electives  (Cr: 6)

Junior - Credits: 31


  • General Education Electives (at least one above the 100 level)   (Cr:3)
  • ​Global Issues General Education Elective (Cr: 3) 
  • Liberal Studies Elective 3   (Cr: 3)
  • Electives   (Cr:6)

Senior - Credits: 30


  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr:3)
  • General Education Elective above the 100 level   (Cr: 3)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 4   (Cr:3)

Liberal Studies Electives 1 and 2: Social Sciences


Choose two courses from the following areas.  At least one needs to be at the 300 level or above:

Communication
Criminal Justice
Economics
Geography
Human Services
International Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

Liberal Studies Electives 3 and 4: Arts and Humanities


Choose two courses from the following areas. At least one needs to be at the 300 level or above:

American Studies
Arabic
Art
Chinese
Dance
Drama
English
French
History
Liberal Studies
Music
Philosophy
Religion
Spanish

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the autism and applied behavior analysis concentration program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the science of human behavior.
  • State the underlying assumptions and goals of functional analysis and cite the relevant research literature that supports these assumptions and goals.
  • Explain the different types of functional assessment, including indirect and direct assessment methodologies, and they will cite the relevant research literature supporting them.
  • Outline the possible functions a problem behavior might serve and design appropriate assessment conditions to test such functions display competency in conducting evidence-based teaching practices with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the learning and behavioral deficits related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Minor


Program Requirements


This minor program of study does not lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

Note:


For information on programs at the Institute for Behavioral Studies in the Van Loan School at Endicott, go to the School of Education.

  

 

Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure

Licensure Concentrations in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Massachusetts License Areas: Early Childhood (Pre-K - Grade 2) and Elementary (Grades 1 - 6)

The licensure concentrations in early childhood and elementary education meet the most recent regulations for licensure in the state of Massachusetts: A liberal arts degree combined with a concentration in either early childhood (PreK-grade 2) or elementary (grades 1-6) education. The elementary and early childhood programs have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, students have completed all of the requirements necessary to receive an initial license in the state of Massachusetts and are eligible to pursue licensure in many other states.

Confirmation of a license area in either elementary or early childhood takes place in the second year of the program. At this point, individuals pursuing a license in early childhood education enroll in ED 207 Strategies of Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom. From then on, the program of study for the specific license is followed. In accordance with state regulations, the elementary education program of study incorporates specific courses in the arts and sciences with education classes such as ED 229 Literacy Methods and ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education. The early childhood program of study includes electives in the liberal arts, ED 221 Emergent Literacy Instruction, ED 308 Early Childhood Methods, and ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation, students apply for their Massachusetts license for the field in which they completed the practicum.

Students pursuing the early childhood and elementary education license have the opportunity to add an initial license in moderate disabilities (preK-8). After completing three specified courses in special needs - ED 203 Inclusive Practices in Educational Settings, ED 325 Clinical Approaches to Children with Disabilities, and ED 403 Internship and Seminar in Moderate Disabilities (preK-8) - students who graduate from the education program and earn their elementary education license may apply to the state to add the moderate disabilities license. Students who have earned the early childhood license may also add the license by completing the three courses and passing the General Curriculum Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Students pursuing licensure in these fields may also be eligible to apply for certification through the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care, enabling them to be certified as an infant/toddler or preschool teacher in a variety of early education and care programs outside of the public schools.

The Fifth Year Master of Education program allows students graduating from Endicott’s licensure programs in early childhood and elementary education to move directly into a master’s degree in either moderate disabilities (Pre-K-8) or reading and literacy (all grades).

Licensure Program Components
Pre-Practicum
In the junior year, early childhood and elementary education students participate in an intensive classroom experience as part of their methods courses. While enrolled in ED 301 Math Methods, ED 302 Science Methods, ED 229 Literacy Methods, and ED 306 Social Studies Methods, students complete a semester-long field experience that includes observing overall classroom environment, implementing student designed learning experiences, and reflecting on best practice. 

Practicum
Students in early childhood or elementary education complete a full-semester practicum in their licensure field during the senior year. They are placed in local Massachusetts schools and closely supervised by a supervising practitioner and a program supervisor. Weekly seminars bring all student teachers together with faculty who provide supervision and mentoring throughout the practicum. For those pursuing licensure in early childhood education, ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood consists of a semester-long practicum, including 100 hours in a pre-K or K classroom and 200 hours in a grade 1 or 2 classroom during their practicum.  Elementary education students complete ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, including a semester long practicum in a grade 1-6 classroom. To enroll in the practicum students must pass all required MTEL.

Junior Transitions
ED 321 Junior Transitions is completed during the spring semester and is required of all juniors. Students will focus on the transition to the senior year field experiences of student teaching or semester-long internship. Particular attention is given to the Professional Standards for Teachers. Students develop a resume and discuss expectations for the practicum or semester internship. Cooperating teachers, principals, and other individuals visit class over the course of the semester to provide juniors with input on student teaching and other professional issues. At the end of the course, students receive their
student teaching assignments or secure their own internship placements for the fall semester.

Career Support  
School of Education seniors take EC 400 Senior Transition aimed at preparing students for job hunting in the field of education.  Throughout the semester, seniors update their resumes, write cover letters, learn interview techniques, refine their professional teaching portfolio, participate in mock interviews with principals and superintendents, and attend education job fairs.  Alumni return to campus to speak to graduating seniors about the first year of teaching, and guest lecturers present on applying to graduate school and managing a budget. By the end of the semester, seniors are fully immersed in their job search and prepared to enter the profession of teaching.


Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that all students pass the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the licensing process. Endicott supports this requirement by incorporating the relevant MTEL tests into the licensure programs. Prior to enrolling in ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education or ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education, the Foundations of Reading test and the appropriate subject matter test in either early childhood or elementary education must be completed with a passing score. Fees for taking the MTEL are the responsibility of the student. Students must demonstrate that they are making substantial progress on the MTEL requirements for their licensure area in order to remain in, or transfer into, the licensure programs.

By incorporating the required exams into the program, upon graduation Endicott students have completed all of the necessary license requirements for the state of Massachusetts. License applications are completed and filed by the student at the end of the senior year.

Those wishing to be licensed to teach in other states must still take and pass the MTEL exams as part of the program requirements. However, the department will also work closely with individuals seeking licensure in states other than Massachusetts, helping to define the requirements and procedures for receiving that license. Preparing for, taking, and passing the MTEL exam helps future teachers to pass other exams, such as the PRAXIS and many of our students successfully pursue licenses in multiple states.

Test Preparation Workshops
Endicott offers intensive workshops and tutoring throughout the year to help prepare students to pass the MTEL exams. Test preparation workshops are included in tuition and focus on the specific skills and subjects covered on the licensure exams. Workshops are required of students enrolled in the licensure concentrations and are also available to those who want to meet the requirements to change into the program from another major.

Acceptance into the Licensure Programs 
1.  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
2.  Achieve at least a C in all required courses.
 
Because of the curriculum requirements, individuals interested in transferring into the program from another major or concentration should work closely with a faculty advisor and the dean of education to ensure that they are completing the requirements in a timely manner.

Continuation in the Licensure Programs
To continue in the licensure programs the following criteria must be met: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least a B- in all required courses.

Students will not be permitted to remain in the licensure programs if they:
1.  do not achieve the minimum qualifying score on the MTEL,
2.  fall below the required GPA of 3.0, or
3.  receive less than a B- in all required courses.

Transcripts are evaluated at the end of every semester and individuals work closely with their advisor and the dean to ensure that they meet these criteria. Those who are advised out of the program can complete the educational studies program which does not lead to Massachusetts state licensure.

Program Requirements and Waiver Policy
The licensure concentrations and each of their components meet the regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for teacher preparation programs. Ordinarily, students who complete the education program must fulfill each of the course and field-based requirements as outlined in the College Catalog or updated in accordance with new DESE regulations. Students who do not follow the recommended course of study for either the early childhood or elementary license, or who transfer into the program, may need to make up courses that they have not yet taken, or apply to the Dean for a waiver. Doing so may extend the time it takes to complete the Education program, and students should plan accordingly in close consultation with their advisor or dean.

On rare occasions, program requirements may be waived based on prior coursework or experience. The practicum may not be waived.

Program Changes
Due to the changing nature of licensing regulations from state to state, students are encouraged to review the regulations from their state at the time of their entry to college. It is important for potential teachers to know the regulations and requirements for certification in the state in which they plan to teach. Licensure criteria may be modified at any time, and program requirements may be altered to reflect those changes.

 


Liberal Studies/Education Major with Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Concentration (PreK-Grade 2) (Bachelor of Arts)


Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126


Freshman - Credits: 34


  • Elective  (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 32


  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Global Issues General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 28


  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives  (Cr: 6)
  • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    (300 level or above)

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the education program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
  • Document and exhibit pre-service competency on each of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers (PST)
  • Demonstrate subject matter knowledge in the liberal arts–literature, history, science, math, psychology, geography and government–in keeping with the characteristics of a “highly qualified teacher.”  
  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the significant approaches, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension.
 

Educational Studies

The educational studies concentration prepares students for a variety of education-related careers, including work in museums, day care centers, camps, private schools, and other positions that do not require state licensure. Through required liberal arts courses students gain content knowledge in math, science, children’s literature and history.  Education courses focus on curriculum theory and design, special needs, instructional technology, and key concepts and experts in the field.  Students complete January internships in schools, museums, libraries, hospitals and other related sites.  Semester internships, as opposed to student teaching, are completed in similar settings with a weekly seminar.  Students may also be eligible to apply for certification through the Massachusetts Office of Early Education & Care enabling them to be certified as an infant/toddler or preschool teacher in a variety of early education and care programs outside of the public schools.  Note:  The Educational Studies concentration does not lead to public school licensure or certification and does not require the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure.

 


Liberal Studies/Education Major with Educational Studies Concentration (Bachelor of Arts)


This program of study does not lead to state licensure.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127


Freshman - Credits: 33


  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Elective  (Cr:3)

Sophomore - Credits: 32


  • Language or International Studies Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Technology or Computer Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • BUS or CMM or LST Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)

Junior - Credits: 31


  • General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
    (above the 100 level)
  • Global Issues General Education Elective (Cr: 3) 
  • Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • English/Writing Designated Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Electives   (Cr: 9)
    (one must be at the 200 level or above, and one must be at the 300 level or above)

Senior - Credits: 31


  • General Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)
    (one must be at the 300 level or above)

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the educational studies concentration program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the field of education including the areas of historic and current trends, assessment, special needs, psychology and technology.
  • Apply their learning to multiple field experiences in a variety of educational settings.
 


Education Minor


Program Requirements


Students interested in the field of education as a secondary focus to their academic major may pursue the Education minor. This program of study does not lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

 


Family and Child Life Studies Minor


Program Requirements


This program of study does not lead to licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

Additional Courses


Students select two from the following courses:

  • ED XXX - TBD (Cr: 3)
 

Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure

Licensure Concentrations in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Massachusetts License Areas: Early Childhood (Pre-K - Grade 2) and Elementary (Grades 1 - 6)

The licensure concentrations in early childhood and elementary education meet the most recent regulations for licensure in the state of Massachusetts: A liberal arts degree combined with a concentration in either early childhood (PreK-grade 2) or elementary (grades 1-6) education. The elementary and early childhood programs have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, students have completed all of the requirements necessary to receive an initial license in the state of Massachusetts and are eligible to pursue licensure in many other states.

Confirmation of a license area in either elementary or early childhood takes place in the second year of the program. At this point, individuals pursuing a license in early childhood education enroll in ED 207 Strategies of Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom. From then on, the program of study for the specific license is followed. In accordance with state regulations, the elementary education program of study incorporates specific courses in the arts and sciences with education classes such as ED 229 Literacy Methods and ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education. The early childhood program of study includes electives in the liberal arts, ED 221 Emergent Literacy Instruction, ED 308 Early Childhood Methods, and ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation, students apply for their Massachusetts license for the field in which they completed the practicum.

Students pursuing the early childhood and elementary education license have the opportunity to add an initial license in moderate disabilities (preK-8). After completing three specified courses in special needs - ED 203 Inclusive Practices in Educational Settings, ED 325 Clinical Approaches to Children with Disabilities, and ED 403 Internship and Seminar in Moderate Disabilities (preK-8) - students who graduate from the education program and earn their elementary education license may apply to the state to add the moderate disabilities license. Students who have earned the early childhood license may also add the license by completing the three courses and passing the General Curriculum Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Students pursuing licensure in these fields may also be eligible to apply for certification through the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care, enabling them to be certified as an infant/toddler or preschool teacher in a variety of early education and care programs outside of the public schools.

The Fifth Year Master of Education program allows students graduating from Endicott’s licensure programs in early childhood and elementary education to move directly into a master’s degree in either moderate disabilities (Pre-K-8) or reading and literacy (all grades).

Licensure Program Components
Pre-Practicum
In the junior year, early childhood and elementary education students participate in an intensive classroom experience as part of their methods courses. While enrolled in ED 301 Math Methods, ED 302 Science Methods, ED 229 Literacy Methods, and ED 306 Social Studies Methods, students complete a semester-long field experience that includes observing overall classroom environment, implementing student designed learning experiences, and reflecting on best practice. 

Practicum
Students in early childhood or elementary education complete a full-semester practicum in their licensure field during the senior year. They are placed in local Massachusetts schools and closely supervised by a supervising practitioner and a program supervisor. Weekly seminars bring all student teachers together with faculty who provide supervision and mentoring throughout the practicum. For those pursuing licensure in early childhood education, ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood consists of a semester-long practicum, including 100 hours in a pre-K or K classroom and 200 hours in a grade 1 or 2 classroom during their practicum.  Elementary education students complete ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, including a semester long practicum in a grade 1-6 classroom. To enroll in the practicum students must pass all required MTEL.

Junior Transitions
ED 321 Junior Transitions is completed during the spring semester and is required of all juniors. Students will focus on the transition to the senior year field experiences of student teaching or semester-long internship. Particular attention is given to the Professional Standards for Teachers. Students develop a resume and discuss expectations for the practicum or semester internship. Cooperating teachers, principals, and other individuals visit class over the course of the semester to provide juniors with input on student teaching and other professional issues. At the end of the course, students receive their
student teaching assignments or secure their own internship placements for the fall semester.

Career Support  
School of Education seniors take EC 400 Senior Transition aimed at preparing students for job hunting in the field of education.  Throughout the semester, seniors update their resumes, write cover letters, learn interview techniques, refine their professional teaching portfolio, participate in mock interviews with principals and superintendents, and attend education job fairs.  Alumni return to campus to speak to graduating seniors about the first year of teaching, and guest lecturers present on applying to graduate school and managing a budget. By the end of the semester, seniors are fully immersed in their job search and prepared to enter the profession of teaching.


Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that all students pass the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the licensing process. Endicott supports this requirement by incorporating the relevant MTEL tests into the licensure programs. Prior to enrolling in ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education or ED 401 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education, the Foundations of Reading test and the appropriate subject matter test in either early childhood or elementary education must be completed with a passing score. Fees for taking the MTEL are the responsibility of the student. Students must demonstrate that they are making substantial progress on the MTEL requirements for their licensure area in order to remain in, or transfer into, the licensure programs.

By incorporating the required exams into the program, upon graduation Endicott students have completed all of the necessary license requirements for the state of Massachusetts. License applications are completed and filed by the student at the end of the senior year.

Those wishing to be licensed to teach in other states must still take and pass the MTEL exams as part of the program requirements. However, the department will also work closely with individuals seeking licensure in states other than Massachusetts, helping to define the requirements and procedures for receiving that license. Preparing for, taking, and passing the MTEL exam helps future teachers to pass other exams, such as the PRAXIS and many of our students successfully pursue licenses in multiple states.

Test Preparation Workshops
Endicott offers intensive workshops and tutoring throughout the year to help prepare students to pass the MTEL exams. Test preparation workshops are included in tuition and focus on the specific skills and subjects covered on the licensure exams. Workshops are required of students enrolled in the licensure concentrations and are also available to those who want to meet the requirements to change into the program from another major.

Acceptance into the Licensure Programs 
1.  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
2.  Achieve at least a C in all required courses.
 
Because of the curriculum requirements, individuals interested in transferring into the program from another major or concentration should work closely with a faculty advisor and the dean of education to ensure that they are completing the requirements in a timely manner.

Continuation in the Licensure Programs
To continue in the licensure programs the following criteria must be met: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least a B- in all required courses.

Students will not be permitted to remain in the licensure programs if they:
1.  do not achieve the minimum qualifying score on the MTEL,
2.  fall below the required GPA of 3.0, or
3.  receive less than a B- in all required courses.

Transcripts are evaluated at the end of every semester and individuals work closely with their advisor and the dean to ensure that they meet these criteria. Those who are advised out of the program can complete the educational studies program which does not lead to Massachusetts state licensure.

Program Requirements and Waiver Policy
The licensure concentrations and each of their components meet the regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for teacher preparation programs. Ordinarily, students who complete the education program must fulfill each of the course and field-based requirements as outlined in the College Catalog or updated in accordance with new DESE regulations. Students who do not follow the recommended course of study for either the early childhood or elementary license, or who transfer into the program, may need to make up courses that they have not yet taken, or apply to the Dean for a waiver. Doing so may extend the time it takes to complete the Education program, and students should plan accordingly in close consultation with their advisor or dean.

On rare occasions, program requirements may be waived based on prior coursework or experience. The practicum may not be waived.

Program Changes
Due to the changing nature of licensing regulations from state to state, students are encouraged to review the regulations from their state at the time of their entry to college. It is important for potential teachers to know the regulations and requirements for certification in the state in which they plan to teach. Licensure criteria may be modified at any time, and program requirements may be altered to reflect those changes.

 


Liberal Studies/Education Major with Elementary Teacher Licensure Concentration (Grades 1–6) (Bachelor of Arts)


Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126


Freshman - Credits: 34


Junior - Credits: 32


  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 28


  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives   (Cr: 6) 
  • Elective (Cr:3)

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the education program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
  • Document and exhibit pre-service competency on each of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers (PST)
  • Demonstrate subject matter knowledge in the liberal arts–literature, history, science, math, psychology, geography and government–in keeping with the characteristics of a “highly qualified teacher.”  
  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the significant approaches, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension.
 

Endicott College Teaching Fellows Program

Graduates of the School of Education’s licensure programs may apply to be an Endicott teaching fellow as part of a Fifth Year Master of Education program. The Teaching Fellows Program is a year-long residency that provides M.Ed. graduate students with an opportunity to participate in a classroom and school community as a teaching fellow under the guidance of a master teacher. In exchange for one academic year of work, the host school will pay the full graduate tuition for their teaching fellow. Suggested roles for teaching fellows include: literacy coaches, associate teachers, special education teachers, and reading specialists in training.

 

Fifth Year Master of Education

The Fifth Year Master of Education program allows students graduating from Endicott’s licensure programs in early childhood and elementary education to move directly into a master’s degree in either moderate disabilities (PreK-8) or reading and literacy (all grades).Through a year of full-time study, they are able to complete the M.Ed. by the summer after graduation.

 

Secondary Education Teacher Licensure

Licensure Concentration in Secondary Education
Massachusetts License Areas:  Biology (8-12); Earth and Space Science (8-12); English (5-12); History (5-12); Math (5-8; 8-12)

Students pursuing secondary education can major in the following areas leading to licensure: bio/biotech (biology license in 8-12), environmental science (earth and space science license in 8-12), English (English license in 5-12), history (history license in 5-12), and math (math license in 5-8; 8-12). Students complete a liberal arts major plus the secondary education concentration in order to become licensed in the state of Massachusetts to teach at the middle and/or high school levels. Students complete freshman and sophomore internships
in a range of school settings, followed by junior year prepracticum experiences and a senior year practicum. 

The licensure concentrations in secondary education meet the most recent regulations for licensure in the state of Massachusetts and have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, Endicott education students have completed all of the requirements necessary to receive an initial license in the state of Massachusetts and are eligible to pursue licensure in many other states. The concentration consists of seven courses plus a full-semester practicum.

Secondary Licensure Program Components

Pre-Practicum
In the junior year, secondary education licensure students participate in an intensive classroom experience as part of their methods course, which requires a semester-long field experience that includes observing overall classroom environment, implementing student designed learning experiences, and reflecting on best practice.

Practicum
Students in the secondary licensure concentrations complete a full-semester practicum in their license field during the senior year. They are placed in local Massachusetts schools and closely supervised by a licensed supervising practitioner and a program supervisor. Weekly seminars bring all student teachers together with faculty who provide supervision and mentoring throughout the practicum. All secondary education students complete ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, a semester-long practicum in an appropriate classroom. To enroll in the practicum students must pass all required MTEL.

Career Support  
School of Education seniors may take EC 400 Senior Transition aimed at preparing students for job hunting in the field of education. Throughout the semester, seniors update their resumes, write cover letters, learn interview techniques, refine their professional teaching portfolio, participate in mock interviews with principals and superintendents, and attend education job fairs.  Alumni return to campus to speak to graduating seniors about the first year of teaching, and guest lecturers present on applying to graduate school and managing a budget. By the end of the semester, seniors are fully immersed in their job search and prepared to enter the profession of teaching.

Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that all students pass the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the licensing process. Endicott supports this requirement by incorporating the relevant MTEL tests into the licensure programs. Prior to enrollment in junior year pre-practicum methods course, a passing score on the Communication & Literacy MTEL is required. Prior to enrolling in ED 400 Practicum and Seminar in Education, the appropriate subject matter test must be completed with a passing score. Fees for taking the MTEL will be the responsibility of the student.

By incorporating the required exams into the program, upon graduation Endicott students have completed all of the necessary license requirements for the state of Massachusetts. License applications are completed and filed by the student at the end of the senior year.

Those wishing to be licensed to teach in other states must still take and pass the MTEL exams as part of the program requirements. However, the department will also work closely with individuals seeking licensure in states other than Massachusetts, helping to define the requirements and procedures for receiving that license. Preparing for, taking, and passing the MTEL exam helps future teachers to pass other exams, such as the PRAXIS, and many of our students successfully pursue licenses in multiple states.

Test Preparation Workshops
Endicott offers intensive workshops and tutoring throughout the year to help prepare students to pass the MTEL exams. Test preparation workshops are free of charge and focus on the specific skills and subjects covered on the licensure exams. Workshops are required of students enrolled in the licensure concentrations and are also available to those who want to meet the requirements to change into the program from another major.

Acceptance into the Licensure Programs
Requirements for admission to the secondary education licensure programs include the regular admission requirements as outlined in the Catalog. 

Those not accepted into the program upon admission to Endicott may transfer into the program when they:
 
1.  pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL exam,
2.  maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
3.  achieve at least a B- in any required courses.
 
Because of the curriculum requirements, individuals interested in changing into the program from another major should work closely with a faculty advisor and the dean of education to ensure that they are completing the requirements in a timely manner.

Continuation in the Licensure Programs
To continue in the licensure programs the following criteria must be met: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least a B- in all required courses.

Students will not be permitted to remain in the licensure programs if they:
1.  do not achieve the minimum qualifying score on the MTEL,
2.  fall below the required GPA of 3.0, or
3.  receive less than a B- in all required courses.

Transcripts are evaluated at the end of every semester and individuals work closely with their advisor and the dean to ensure that they meet these criteria. Those who are advised out of the program may complete the non-licensure concentration. The non-licensure concentration does not lead to Massachusetts state licensure.

Program Requirements and Waiver Policy
The licensure concentrations and each of their components meets the regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for teacher preparation programs. Ordinarily, students who complete the education program must fulfill each of the course and field-based requirements as outlined in the College catalog or updated in accordance with new DESE regulations. Students who do not follow the recommended course of study, or who transfer into the program, may need to make up courses that they have not yet taken, or apply to the dean for a waiver. Doing so may extend the time it takes to complete the education program, and students should plan accordingly in close consultation with their advisor or dean.  On rare occasions, program requirements may be waived based on prior coursework or experience. The practicum may not be waived.

Program Changes
Due to the changing nature of licensing regulations from state to state, students are encouraged to review the regulations from their state at the time of their entry to college. It is important for potential teachers to know the regulations and requirements for certification in the state in which they plan to teach. Licensure criteria may be modified at any time, and program requirements may be altered to reflect those changes.

Required Education Courses

  • ED 125 Approaches to Secondary Education   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 203 Introduction to Children with Special Needs   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 240 Literacy in the Content Areas   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 303 Pre-Practicum Field Experience   (Cr: 1)
  • ED 321 Junior Transitions   (Cr: 1)
  • ED 330/330L Sheltered English Immersion   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 339 Classroom Assessment   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 380 Methods in the Secondary Content Areas   (Cr: 3)
  • ED 400 Practicum and Seminar   (Cr: 12)
  • PSY 200 Child and Adolescent Psychology   (Cr: 3)
 


Secondary Teacher Licensure Concentration


Curriculum Requirements


Students complete the secondary education concentration in conjunction with the appropriate liberal arts major, either bio/biotechnology, English, environmental science, history, or math.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the education program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
  • Document and exhibit pre-service competency on each of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers (PST)
  • Demonstrate subject matter knowledge in the liberal arts–literature, history, science, math, psychology, geography and government–in keeping with the characteristics of a “highly qualified teacher.”  
  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the significant approaches, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension.