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Elementary Teacher (1-6, initial licensure)

  • Grade Levels:
  • Credits for Licensure:
  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

Program Description

The Elementary Teacher 1-6 initial licensure program is for students who plan to teach in public schools or collaboratives. Students are prepared with appropriate skills and knowledge that will assist them in pursuing their initial license as an Elementary Teacher 1-6. Program completers are career-ready, technologically savvy, exhibit inter-cultural competence and are equipped to advance social justice.

Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate the disposition, knowledge and skills expected of professional educators articulated in regional, state and national accreditation bodies. They utilize best practices for teaching students with diverse abilities and languages and scientifically-based practices for teaching reading and mathematics; inclusive practices to create a safe and collaborative learning environment that fosters positive socio-emotional development; set high expectations for all students; implement well-structured lessons, with measurable assessments of learning; and engage in ongoing reflection on practice. They personalize their learning through an Independent Learning Project that enhances their preparedness as a professional educator.


Graduates who have completed the licensure option are able to apply for initial licensure and are qualified for employment in public schools and collaboratives, teaching elementary grades 1-6.

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


Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.

Elementary Courses
Introduction to Graduate School
EDU 558 1 credit(s)

This course will assist the new student in planning and developing a graduate study program that is appropriate to the student's academic and professional needs. When a student is accepted into the program he/she should enroll immediately only in this course and work with an advisor to schedule additional courses. In addition, this course will offer opportunities for more direct advising, introduction to College protocols such as TaskStream and other opportunities for academic success.

Teaching Phonological and Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
ELE 500
This course is a prerequisite for ELE521. This course will emphasize the development of children’s phonemic awareness, phonological awareness and phonics skills and the learning environment that supports the development of such skills. It will also cover concepts of print, explicit/implicit instruction, analytic/synthetic methods, word analysis skills, the alphabetic principle, and language development.
Teaching Science & Technology in Early Childhood & Elementary Curr.
ELE 653 3 credit(s)
This course provides the knowledge, tools and methods for making early childhood and elementary science an exciting, hands-on learning experience for children. Educators learn how to develop lessons that address student experimentation and design techniques using readily available materials. Safe laboratory practices for the classroom are also addressed. A standards-based approach to science education is our template for lesson development, covering the major domains in science: life, physical, earth, inquiry-applied and engineering technology; and historical scientific discoveries in each area. Alignment of curriculum is emphasized; national benchmark standards in elementary science are also supported. Analysis of elementary summative science assessments, based on the National Science Standards is incorporated in the coursework. 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.
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 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.
Integration of Children's Lit. in Early Childhood & Elementary Curr.
ELE 620 3 credit(s)
This course introduces some of the best literature—children’s, young adult, adult and contemporary—and helps children become lifelong learners and readers. Students gain knowledge of the Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core Standards. Many genres of literature are explored, along with basic literacy elements and techniques including the necessary basics of the English language with emphasis on correct grammar, usage and composition. Lesson plans and models for teaching literature are presented. Candidates implement well-structured lessons that reflect knowledge of the essential elements of scientifically-based reading instruction, 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.
Dev Reading and Writing Skills for Early Childhood and Elementary Curr
ELE 521 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: ELE500. This course emphasizes the development of children’s reading and writing skills in the primary to upper elementary grades and the learning environment that supports the development of such skills. The relationships between the theories and current research on emergent literacy, oral language, vocabulary development, comprehension, the reading and writing process and assessment will be reviewed and analyzed by the members of this course. In addition, participants will review and discuss the following topics: scientifically-based reading instruction, whole language, balanced literacy, effective teaching strategies, use of research-based programs, literature-based instruction, use of different assessment tools to inform instruction, standard-based instruction, federal funding, culture and democracy. Candidates implement well-structured lessons that reflect knowledge of the essential elements of scientifically-based reading instruction, 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.
Common Core Math
MAT 623 3 credit(s)
Course will address all Massachusetts Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
Integrating Physical Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ELE 594 1 credit(s)
This course reflects current thinking and practices in physical education for the classroom teacher. Emphasis is on the importance of quality physical education programs and to raise awareness of teachers combining their expertise and content to integrate with other disciplines.
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.
Inclusion in Math Class
MAT700 3 credit(s)

Improving math instruction for students with disabilities: This course is designed to promote collaboration between mathematics and special educators to improve math instruction and outcomes for all students including students with disabilities. The course is intended to assist math instructors and special needs teachers by providing a structure for developing a shared vision, common language and foundational knowledge of mathematics instruction and the instructional needs of math students with disabilities. The course will focus on protocols developed as the result of a four-year collaboration between DESE Offices of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Special Education Planning and Policy at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, EDC and math and special educators from the districts participating in the Massachusetts Urban Math support Network. High quality core curriculum and instruction begins with the Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks. These protocols address the conceptual understandings and mathematical practices that are an essential part of rigorous math expectations for all students with disabilities when planning mathematics instruction, educators will be better able to address the needs of all learners.

Practicum (licensure students only)

Practicum Prerequisites

  • Pass all teacher tests required by the state for this license.
    Massachusetts: Communication & Literacy, General Curriculum, math sub-test, and Foundations of Reading (MTEL).
  • SEI605 Sheltered English Immersion (3 credits) or Mass. ESE-endorsed course or SEI MTEL.
  • Pass all required courses including Independent Learning Project.
  • Pre-Practicum — Successfully complete program-specific hours in diverse settings (0 credit)
  • EDU704    Practicum Readiness (1 credit)
  • Submit Practicum Application and Practicum Placement Approval Form.

The practicum is guided and evaluated by a licensed/certified elementary teacher in the classroom and a Cambridge College elementary supervisor. Practicum locations are subject to MA DESE regulations and must be approved by the program chair. Students are responsible for discussing options for practicum with the program chair.

SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) Content License Endorsement Course
SEI 605 3 credit(s)
This Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Content License Endorsement Course is designed for educator licensure candidates in all core academic areas, to prepare them to address the needs, and build on the multilingual and multicultural assets, of a diverse and ever-changing student population in Massachusetts. The course is a key element of the Massachusetts RETELL initiative (Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners). RETELL also includes statewide implementation of the WIDA ELD (English Language Development) standards, and the WIDA-ACCESS assessment tools. Participants will be introduced to ELD standard and WIDA tools, and will practice applying research-based SEI instructional strategies as they teach their content to English language learners (ELLs). They will also be introduced to a variety of professional growth opportunities to prepare them to extend their learning by making SEI the focus of professional practice within the new educator evaluation process.
Practicum: Elementary Teacher (1-6)
ELE 794 2 credit(s)
A 14-week supervised field experience of a minimum of 300 hours in which candidates demonstrate proficiency in meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers. The practicum must meet the hours and setting requirements for the license sought, under the guidance of a supervising practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. Assessment follows the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) and assesses ability with respect to: well-structured lessons, high expectations, meeting diverse needs, adjustment to practice, safe learning environment, professional culture/reflective practice, as well as formative assessment, differentiation and providing academic feedback. Artifacts are uploaded into an Exit Portfolio. An Application to Practicum is required.
Practicum Seminar: Elementary Education
ELE 791 2 credit(s)
Practicum required concurrently. The seminar, based on the Professional Standards for Teachers in Massachusetts provides opportunities for classroom experience and supports students' growth as they assume the teaching role. Candidates receive feedback on lesson plans, and develop instructional practice by analyzing case studies, engaging in role play and viewing of instructor-selected video tapes that depict examples of practice. Candidates upload required key assessments into an Exit Portfolio in Task Stream.
Practicum Readiness
EDU 704 1 credit(s)

This course is specifically designed to determine readiness for the practicum. It will assist the teacher candidate to develop his/her skills to be ready to assume the role of student teacher from the first day of practicum. Students will understand the requirements of CAP by engaging in and completing the forms for each of the "essentials" and completing their own goals. All of the TaskStream components, other than the practicum documents, will be completed. MTELs will be completed. Those having difficulty with the MTELs will be directed for support. Field work assignments will be required.

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor



  • Admission Test:

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

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

  • Official transcript of earned bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Interview may be required

For licensure:

  • GPA of 3.0
  • MA educator documentation: MTEL Communications and Literacy Test, MEPID number

Students may enter the College without having met the MTEL and GPA requirements. Enroll in the non-licensure program corresponding to the license desired. When the MTEL test is pased and a GPA of 3.0 earned, seek approval to transfer into the licensure program.

For more complete information, see School Requirements link below.

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.



  • Credits for Licensure:
  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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