Education Component Requirements

Admissions Requirements for Biology/Secondary Education 

The admissions process into the Education Programs at Bay Path College is rigorous. Admission to the
College does not guarantee continuance or entry into upper-level education courses (courses numbered 300-400). The student is encouraged to meet with her advisor periodically to review her progress toward meeting the specific requirements for her program of choice. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all of her program requirements in a timely manner.

Education Program Requirements 

  • In addition to meeting all Bay Path College requirements, students who wish to pursue a career in secondary education must meet the following Education Program requirements:
  • Students are expected to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 (B-) or better prior to entering the senior year pre-practicum (EDU 441R) and practicum (EDU 493 - student teaching).
  • Students must pass the Communication and Literacy Skills Exam of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to register for specified courses. It is recommended that students pass this exam in the second year of study or before completion of 60 credits. The student is considered enrolled in the Education Program when she passes the Communication and Literacy Exam.
  • In order to enroll in Pre-Practicum (EDU 441R) and Practicum (EDU 494), the student must pass the MTEL in Biology. It is recommended that students pass this exam in the third year of study or before completion of 90 credits.
  • A student who does not meet the criteria but who seeks licensure must meet with her academic advisor to plan a course of action. This plan may include re-taking courses and meeting with the Director of the Academic Development Center to better utilize available support services.
  • Education Program requirements are subject to modification due to changes as stipulated by Bay Path College and/or recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Education Program Requirements for Transfer Students

  • To be considered for transfer into the Education Program at Bay Path College, a student must transfer a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or better.
  • Transfer students must pass the Communication and Literacy Exam (MTEL) prior to entering Bay Path College or prior to completing 60 college credits. The transfer student is considered enrolled in the Education Program when she passes the Communication and Literacy Exam.
  • All Science and Education Program requirements at the 100-200 level must be completed prior to entering any courses numbered 300 or above. This may extend the time it takes to complete the program and earn the baccalaureate degree. The transfer student must develop a plan for course selection and sequencing with her academic advisor.
  • Transfer students are expected to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or better prior to entering the Senior year pre-practicum and practicum.
  • In order to enroll in Pre-Practicum (EDU 441R) and Practicum (EDU 494), the student must pass the MTEL in Biology. It is recommended that students pass this exam in the third year of study or before completion of 90 credits.
  • Student who do not meet the criteria but who seeks licensure must meet with their academic advisor to plan a course of action. This plan may include re-taking courses and meeting with the Director of the Academic Development Center to better utilize available support services.
  • Education Program requirements are subject to modification due to changes as stipulated by Bay Path College and/or recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Observations and/or small field experiences during weekdays are required in all education courses at the 100-300 level. Scheduling and transportation are the student’s responsibility. Practicum is a full-time assignment and no part-time day jobs are possible during this time period. Even part-time positions during evenings and weekends are not advised. Students must complete a CORI (Criminal Offense Records Investigation) and any other requirements as mandated by a school district prior to all required field experiences.

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