Elementary Education (4 to 6)

  • Credits: 40
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

The Master of Education Elementary Education (4 to 6) program prepares students for educational settings that do not require licensure. Students are equipped with appropriate skills and knowledge that will assist them in pursuing careers as an Elementary Teacher 4-6.

Learning Outcomes

Students learn the principles and knowledge needed by elementary educators, including strategies for teaching students with diverse abilities and languages in the various academic areas. This includes working in cooperative learning groups and co-teaching exercises that transfer into the classroom. Students will look at research on best practices for today's classrooms and teacher's accountability.

Careers

Graduates who have completed this program are qualified for employment teaching elementary grades 1-6 in educational settings that do not require licensure.

 

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.

Curriculum

Puerto Rico classroom instruction and coursework are in Spanish.


Professional Seminar and Project
9
Credits

 

Professional Seminar I: Elementary Education (Initial)
ELE 691N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader licensed in elementary education. This seminar introduces the student to a variety of perspectives including historical, socio-cultural and development. Students investigate topics that include learning theories, diversity, teaching models and approaches. A focus for this seminar is the professional teaching standards, subject matter knowledge requirements for state licensure relating to elementary students (1-6). Students integrate their learning from classes and observations and become reflective practitioners. The seminar leader is the students’ academic advisor and guides them through their graduate program and supports students’ work on their independent learning projects. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Professional Seminar II: Elementary Education (Initial)
ELE 692N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader licensed in elementary education. This seminar builds upon the first seminar. It continues to engage students in developmentally appropriate practices that meet the needs of students with and without disabilities as well as English Language Learners PreK to grade 2. Students will learn instructional strategies that incorporate various academic areas as part of an integrated program. The cohort studies professional standards for elementary teachers and the requirements for state licensure. Students integrate their learning from classes, research, and observations. The seminar also supports students' work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Professional Seminar III: Elementary Education (Initial)
ELE 693N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader licensed in elementary education. This seminar explores ways to create a standards-based curriculum, education evaluation in an inclusive classroom setting. The seminar explores multicultural education, inclusive teaching, assessment strategies, management techniques and parent-community relationships. There is a continuation of planning teaching strategies for language arts, working with math manipulatives, and effective classroom instruction. The seminar leader is the students’ academic advisor and guides them through their graduate program. The cohort continues to study the professional standards and subject matter knowledge for elementary teachers and the requirements for state licensure. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished project.
Independent Learning Project: Elementary Education
ELE 800 3 credit(s)
The Independent Learning Project is a culminating learning experience that helps educators integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It reflects the general guidelines for elementary educators and articulates the individual’s educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research- and action-based, on a focused topic chosen by the educator, within the area of licensure. It engages educators in sustained research into educational practice and curriculum development in elementary education.
Elementary Education Courses
24
Credits

ELE 522 Development of reading and writing skills for early childhood and elementary curriculum in Spanish
 

Integration of Children's Literature for Elementary Grades 4-6
ELE 621 3 credit(s)
The goal of this course is to introduce participants to some of the best literature-children's, young adult, adult and contemporary, and as a result, help children become lifelong learners and readers. Participants acquire knowledge about Puerto Rico's Spanish language arts curriculum framework. They examine the standards and how they relate to reading instruction in the classroom. They look at many genres of literature including fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, poetry, fairy tales, tall tales, multicultural selections, and current favorite authors. Participants will practice integrating literature into other disciplines, including math, science, social studies, and the fine arts. Participants apply the Puerto Rico required professional standards in planning, teaching, and assessing units of instruction in language arts.
Developmental Psychology
ELE 510 3 credit(s)
This course explores basic theories and concepts in cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from childhood to adolescence; and the characteristics and instructional implications of moderately and severely disabling conditions. These theories are then applied to instruction, with emphasis on Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Students explore multiple theories of intelligence and learning, and strategies for a curriculum reflecting the diverse intellectual needs of children as learners. The stages and characteristics of child development are introduced and students apply this knowledge to the classroom through the use of integrated curriculum. Participants investigate methods of systematic observations and recording of child behavior in light of child development theories, and utilize this information in their planning and implementation of instruction. Formulation of a developmentally appropriate Individual Educational Plan is required. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Teaching Numeric and Geometric Structures
MAT 623 3 credit(s)
This course covers the teaching pedagogy of the basic foundation of the mathematics curriculum in terms of its numerical and geometric structures. Major topics include: number sense, numeration, estimation, mental math, modeling operations using concrete objects, geometry, spatial sense and measurement. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Classroom Management with Models ofTeaching
ELE 630 3 credit(s)
In this course students learn the basic components of an effective inclusionary program. Participants learn strategies and techniques to fully include all students into the regular classroom. Students observe, analyze, and discuss a variety of teaching models including information processing, group investigation, social inquiry, inductive models, non-directive teaching models and problem-solving. Emphasis is on interpersonal relations, arrangement of space, management of time, working with individual students, small group and large group structures and working with content and process. The Massachusetts Frameworks and teacher licensure competencies are taught to fully support teacher/student learning and instruction techniques. Course assignments including lesson plans connect theories to classroom practice. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Teaching Science & Technology 4-6
ELE 654 3 credit(s)
Each student will learn a variety of methods for making elementary science a "hands-on" learning experience for their students. The primary objective of the course will be to provide each participant with the knowledge, tools and desire to make science an exciting learning experience. Special emphasis will be placed on alignment of curriculum with the Puerto Rico Frameworks in Science and Technology. Students will also learn how to develop lesson plans that address student experimentation and design techniques. A standards-based approach to science education will serve as the template for the students' lesson development. Examples of open-response questions used on the Puerto Rico state test at grade five will be examined.
Integration of Visual Arts for the Early Childhood & Elementary Curr.
ELE 593 1 credit(s)
The Arts enable teachers to better engage their students while also addressing student’s different learning styles and allowing student creativity to flourish. This course will give participants an introduction to using the visual arts as a vehicle for learning in the classroom. Teachers will learn ways to use the arts and art materials as a pathway toward gaining knowledge and using higher order thinking skills. Presentation of material will be part reading, part lecture and part hands on participation and exploration. Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of art materials, art language and how to use visual arts in the early childhood and elementary classroom that includes special needs and ESL students.
Teaching Soc.Sci. Hist. & Multicul. Early Childhood & Elementary Curr.
ELE 656 3 credit(s)
This course prepares candidates to teach social studies that includes the multicultural contributions of the world. They gain a basis for researching issues in social studies and history that give their students more universal perspectives. The materials chosen are appropriate to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core Standards in history and social studies. Educators will gain the basic information and know the principles for teaching social sciences, history and geography as outlined in the Massachusetts regulations for educator licensure. Candidates produce and implement well-structured lessons that center of core disciplinary ideas in the K-12 social studies curriculum, utilize primary source materials, and reflect knowledge of formative assessment, differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, and the role of academic feedback, and questioning to support higher-order thinking. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    40
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $533
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,938 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2017, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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