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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies 

The Elementary Education Licensure program at Bay Path prepares students to be teachers and leaders in the elementary schools. The goals of the program are to ensure that our graduates are of excellent academic caliber and become exemplary teachers.

The program has a strong liberal arts base as its foundation, which provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the academic disciplines necessary for successful teaching.

Students earn an initial license, grades 1-6, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students are required to complete a supervised field-based pre-practicum and student teaching practicum in a regional public childhood classroom setting supervised jointly by a public school teacher and university supervisor. Bay Path University students exceed the number of hours required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for field based experiences. However, students might need to take additional teacher certification exams and meet other state specific license requirements for certification in other states.

The Elementary Education Non‑Licensure program is designed for students who are not seeking public teaching certification in Elementary Education, yet want to have experience working with young children in a variety of settings with the aim of pursuing graduate degrees in the fields of education and psychology. If you choose this track, you will complete all the requirements of an education degree, except the Massachusetts Tests of Educational Licensure, and the practicum.

A minimum 3.0 gpa and a minimum score of 1006 for the SAT are required for admittance into the program. 

Accelerated Degree Options:

  • 3-Year Bachelor's Degree. Students with a record of strong academic achievement and a desire to fast track their education are encouraged to apply to the accelerated degree program. The program allows students to earn their degree in three years of year-round study, enabling them to save on tuition costs and enter the workforce sooner. Click here to learn more. 
  • 3+1 Bachelor's to Master's Degree. Bay Path offers a fantastic opportunity to continue on to one of our many graduate programs in education. Known as our 3 +1 program, you can earn your bachelor's and master's degree in four years. Click here to learn more. 

Bay Path has molded and changed how I view the world by opening my eyes to different opinions and ways of thinking. The faculty encourage me to think beyond my boundaries and use innovative concepts to solve problems. I feel my courses are preparing me to teach and impact the lives of children. The faculty are excellent at motivating and supporting me." - Megan, Elementary Education Major 

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO111 Biology 1 4

BIO 111 (4 credits) Biology I for Non-Science Majors This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $100)

ECO211 Macroeconomics 3

This course examines the elementary principles of economics involving individual and social choice, economic analysis, supply, demand, the market and the price mechanism. Major concentration is on macroeconomic principles relative to money, the banking system, national income analysis, inflation, unemployment and the dilemma of stabilization, competing theories in contemporary times and world trade, development issues and alternatives, and evolving economic systems. Offered in the fall semester

EDU130 Education, Schools & Culture 3

The course presents a comprehensive examination of the field of education. Students will be exposed to the major historical, philosophical, economic, societal and cultural, professional, and accountability issues that continue to shape education within a complex, changing society. Required observations at public schools will augment classroom activities.

EDU250 Intro/Special Education 3

This course deals with the implications of disabling conditions on optimal learning potential and daily well being of children. Emphasis is on identification of disabling conditions and techniques used to promote successful integration of children with and without special needs in education settings. Topics covered include familiarity with individualized education plans, intervention and instructional strategies for diverse learners, and collaborative partnerships with families and community resources. Observations are required. Offered in the fall semester

EDU300 Reading & Early Literacy 3

Students examine content, pedagogical, and assessment strategies for effective literacy instruction based upon guidelines in the Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework. Topics include techniques for fostering emergent literacy, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, the interactive relationship between beginning reading and writing, and factors that put children at risk for literacy development. Included is an in-depth study of phonics as a system for teaching reading. Observations/fieldwork are required. Prerequisite: PSY 205 or one course in education, junior status Offered in the fall semester

EDU323 Reading & Language Arts/Elem 3

Students explore content and teaching strategies used to develop competent readers and writers, based upon guidelines in the Massachusetts English/Language Curriculum Framework. Topics include expanding literacy across the content areas, language arts instruction, diagnosis and assessment of reading skills using a variety of assessment techniques, and intervention programs for success in reading. Observations/fieldwork are required. Prerequisite: EDU 300, junior status Offered in the spring semester

EDU330 Fundamentals of Instruction 3

This course explores curriculum design and classroom management strategies for teachers using guidelines presented in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Topics include instructional design and delivery methods, technology as a curriculum resource, formal and informal assessment techniques and their connection to instructional planning, effective communication with children and adults, and strategies for behavior management. Observations/fieldwork are required. Prerequisites: completion of all 100 and 200 level courses in education, junior status This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in the fall semester

EDU348 Reading & Language for ELL 3

The course focuses on current theories and their applications related to the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs). This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice, and to build confidence and familiarity with research proven practices for working with ELLs. This course is framed around two module areas: A )ELLs: their world and Second Language Acquisition Process in the SEI Classroom and B) Academic Language and Literacy Development in the SEI Classroom.

EDU350 Curriculum Development 3

Students plan, implement, and assess curriculum and instruction using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Emphasis is on explorations in mathematics and problem solving, science and the process of inquiry, social studies and American civic culture, and integration of technology into the curriculum. Special attention will be given to a variety of methods of assessment. Observations/fieldwork are required. Prerequisite: EDU 330, junior status This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in the spring semester

EDU441Q Pre-Practicum 1-6 1

Supervised pre-practicum in grades 1-6. Pre-Practicum begins the students senior year experience and gives the student a consistent, supervised experience in a public school setting. Students integrate and apply what has been learned in earlier education courses, including planning, preparing and teaching through use of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students must provide their own transportation to school and will follow the public school calendar. Students must complete a CORI (Criminal Offense Records Investigation) check and any other requirements as mandated by a school district. Pre-Practicum hours are earned normally in 11 weeks, during one full day and two half days each of those weeks. A minimum of 80 hours are required over the 11-week period. Prerequisites: EDU 350, cgpa of 3.0 or better, senior status, passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Exam, Foundations of Reading Exam, and subject exam of the MTEL, and the approval of the department chair Corequisite: EDU 490 This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in both fall and spring semesters

EDU490 Seminar/Education Pre-Practicu 1

Facilitated by a college program supervisor, students discuss curriculum, pedagogy and critical issues in support of their success as future teachers. Corequisite: EDU 441P or EDU 441Q

EDU491 Seminar/Education Practicum 1

Practicum Seminar Students discuss curriculum, pedagogy, the professional standards for teachers, and critical issues in support of their success as future teachers. Additional Seminar topics include: the Preservice Performance Assessment, creation of a professional teaching portfolio, and licensure. Corequisite: EDU 497 or EDU 499

EDU499 Practicum Grades 1-6 12

Elementary Education Practicum Students will complete a full-time, supervised practicum with seminar in a public school, grades 1-6, and will assume direct instructional and professional responsibilities as teachers. Practicum hours are earned over a 12-week period. A minimum of 300 hours are required. Requirements for Practicum are the same for students enrolled in the traditional or one-day program. Practicum (student teaching) allows the student to refine pedagogical, methodological, and management skills necessary for exemplary teaching, using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Practicum students are supervised jointly by the school supervising practitioner and program supervisor. Students will have three observations and participate in a minimum of three conferences during the semester. Students must demonstrate competence on the Preservice Performance Assessment, based on subject and pedagogical knowledge and skills as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students must provide their own transportation and will follow the public school calendar. Students must complete a CORI (Criminal Offense Records Investigation) check and any other requirements as mandated by a school district. Prerequisites: EDU 441Q, Senior status, cgpa of 3.0 or better, passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Exam, Foundations of Reading Exam, and subject exam of the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL), and the approval of the department chair. Corequisite: EDU 491 This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in both fall and spring semesters

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG210 Children's Literature 3

This course provides the opportunity to study literary concepts and purposes in writings designed primarily for, but not confined to, young minds. The heritage of children's literature is considered in relation to selected representative works, both traditional and recent. Also considered are the uses, presentation, and critical evaluation of children's literature from a multi-cultural, nonsexist and international perspective. This course addresses English standards for teachers in early childhood and elementary education: children's and young adult literature, genres, literary elements, and literary techniques. Prerequisite: ENG 134 Offered in the spring semester

ENG221 American Literature 3

This course is designed to acquaint students with major American writers and literary movements. The course helps students deepen their understanding of American literary works by relating them to their historical backgrounds. The course offers students practice identifying, analyzing, and applying knowledge of literary elements, structures, and themes in American myths, fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 134

ENG311 World Literature 3

This course introduces students to masterpieces of world literature in translation, with particular attention to the cultural traditions reflected in the literature. The course uses specific works of literature to show the evolution of the human experience from ancient times to the present day. Overall, the course aims to teach students more about what it has meant, and continues to mean, to be a human being in cultures around the world. Prerequisite: ENG 134

GEO102 Introduction to Geography 3

This course introduces students to basic geographic concepts, familiarizing them with broad, world-scale patterns. The course provides an understanding of geography as a comprehensive discipline that draws knowledge from various other subject areas that focus on patterns of physical distribution (i.e. mountains, forests, deserts, bodies of water, etc.) on the earth's surface and the interrelationships between peoples and their environments. Students are taught to use geography as an investigative set of tools to answer analytical questions of "Where?" and "Why there?" as they look at the intertwining of human and environmental patterns of development and change over time.

GOV100 American Government 3

This course provides an understanding of the function of the American national government. The development of the Constitution and the American political system are considered in the light of contemporary economic, social, and technological conditions.

HIS114 United States to 1870 3

A topical and chronological survey of American history from the time of European settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on historical methodology, interpretive skills, and oral and written expression. Topics to be covered include the impact of settlement on native peoples, slavery, the development of American identity, the creation of an independent government, and the threat posed by the Civil War. Offered in the fall semester

HIS115 United States since 1870 3

A topical and chronological survey of American history from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the discipline of history, and in developing interpretive, oral, and written skills. Topics to be covered include the emergence of Jim Crow, the expansion of America, the Gilded Age, reform movements, America at War, Depression and New Deal, the Cold War, the turbulent 1960's, social movements, recent political developments, and the role of the United States in a multinational/multi-ethnic world.

HIS202 Global History to 1500 3

This course surveys the origins, development, and cross-fertilization of major civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas from pre-history to 1500 A.D. Attention is given to important themes and human achievements in this early time period, including the agricultural revolution, the rise of cities, kingdoms, and empires, the development of writing, the systematization of religious belief systems, and the development of complex forms of government among various societies. The course encourages students to critically analyze developments in human history, such as advances in technology for making war, treatment of women, notions of superior and inferior societies and civilizations, differing political and philosophical systems, and various ways in which societies have historically distributed, used, and abused power. Offered in the fall semester

HIS203 Global History since 1500 3

HIS 203 builds upon knowledge, themes, ideas and issues introduced in HIS 202, carrying the study of human history forward into the modern world. The course treats the growth and development of nations and of relationships between nations as global regions and worldwide organizations emerge in contemporary times. At the core of the course is a broad treatment of major social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical movements and themes as these have shaped various peoples and groups of people around the world in the past 500 years. Students are constantly asked not only to learn and understand important facts about the past, but to analyze, apply, synthesize, and evaluate what these facts have meant for the different peoples involved and for the world as it has become today.

MAT161 Number & Operations 3

This course is designed for students who plan to teach. It involves a study of Number & Operations with the depth required for successful mathematics instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, mathematical processes; operations and properties of integers, whole numbers and rational numbers; computation algorithms; and basic number theory. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

MAT162 Functions & Algebra 3

This course is designed for students who plan to teach. It involves a study of Number & Operations and Functions & Algebra with the depth required for successful mathematics instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, proportional reasoning; number systems, signed numbers, and the real number line; variables, algebraic expressions and functions; solving equations; exploring graphs of equations; and connecting algebra and geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 161

MAT163 Geometry & Statistics 3

This course is designed for students who plan to teach. It involves a study of Geometry & Measurement and Statistics & Probability with the depth required for successful mathematics instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, basic geometry concepts; measurement and unit conversions; using descriptive statistics and graphs to summarize data; measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) and dispersion (range, standard deviation, etc.); permutations, combinations, and their applications in computing probability; sample space, simple /compound events, independent/dependent events, and conditional probability. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

PHS100 Physical Science/Non-Sci Major 3

Physical Science for Non-Science Majors This course is an introduction to the elements of physical science and is designed for non-science majors. Demonstrations and laboratory experiences emphasize particular applications relevant to the elementary classroom. Topics covered will include the scientific method as well as the chemical principles and properties of matter, the structure of atoms and molecules, the different forms of energy, gravity, mechanics, electricity, magnetism, meteorology, and geology.

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

PSY205 Child Development 3

This course is a study of developmental changes from birth through 12 years old. Prenatal and neonatal issues are also discussed. Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth are explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the spring semester only

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.