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Elementary Education

This 39 credit degree has three program options: MS in Education in Elementary Education with Massachusetts Initial Licensure, Elementary Levels: 1-6; MS in Education with Massachusetts Professional Licensure; and Non-Licensure. Each program of study is individually designed with a program advisor and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Most classes are available online with some courses being held on weekends on campus.

The initial license with Master's Degree Practicum Option includes the courses below plus one Special Education course. 

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
EDU506 Learning Theory and Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom 3

The design of curriculum and instruction for diverse learners in inclusive classrooms is the focus of this course. Course participants investigate universally designed approaches that draw on learning theories, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences approaches, and new technologies to respond to the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and students who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Course participants will be introduced to Response to Intervention as well as to evidence based practices that provide access to the curriculum for all learners.

EDU562 English Language Arts Content, Applications and Assessment 3

An in –depth examination of English Language arts content and applications using technology as viewed through The Guiding Principles and Learning Standards in the English Language arts Curriculum Framework, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Included is an examination of reading content, methodology and comprehension strategies, as well as an examination of oral language, literature, composition and media as appropriate to deep understanding and excellence in pedagogical practice. Includes formal and informal assessment. Technology based course.

EDU564 Science Content, Applications and Assessment 3

An in –depth examination of English Language arts content and applications using technology as viewed through The Guiding Principles and Learning Standards in the Science and Technology/Engineering Framework, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Through a theoretical frame of inquiry based investigation, student will examine life science; earth and space science; physical science; and technology/engineering for deep understanding and excellence in pedagogical practice. Includes formal and informal assessment. Technology based course.

EDU566 Social Studies Content, Applications and Assessment 3

An in-depth examination of science and technology engineering content and applications using technology as viewed through The Guiding Principles and Learning Standards in the History and Social Science Framework, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Included is an examination of themes and concepts that deepen the understanding of facts of history and promote excellence in pedagogical practice. Includes form and informal assessment. Technology based course.

SPE510 Managing Challenging Behaviors 3

Students will apply a process of case study analysis to situations involving students with behavioral challenges in PreK through 12 settings, with a focus preparing teachers to work effectively in inclusionary education and understanding both the federal and state laws in special education. Basic principles and approaches for the effective management of behavior for learners with special needs in multicultural settings will be discussed. Topics include: educational terminology; preventive discipline in classroom environments; preparing, implementing, and evaluating IEPs; design or modification of curriculum and materials; ways to prepare and maintain students in general education; and knowledge of services provided by outside agencies.

SPE520 Learners with Special Needs 3

This course provides an overview of types of disabilities in learners’ preschool through secondary according to federal and state laws in special education. Emphasis is on identification of disabling conditions and techniques used to promote successful inclusion of learners with and without special needs in educational settings. Topics covered include the teaching of Math; the teaching of English language arts; preparing, implementing, and evaluating IEP’s; equipment adaptions, theories of language development; design or modification of curriculum intervention and instructional strategies for diverse learners using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks; theories of child development, instruction on the appropriate use of augmentative and alternative communication and other assistive technologies; ways to prepare and maintain students in general education; educational terminology utilized with students with special needs; source and operation of orthotic devices, medical technologies and prosthetic devices; understanding collaborative partnerships with families; and working with community and outside agency resources. At least 10 hours of instruction covering the teaching of mathematics and at least 10 hours of instruction covering the teaching of English Language Arts are delivered in this course.

SPE525 Working with Struggling Readers 3

Students explore content and teaching strategies used to develop competent readers and writers, based upon guidelines in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and techniques for developing skills to facilitate placement in the least restrictive environment. Topics include expanding literacy across the content areas, language arts instructions, diagnosis and assessment of reading skills using a variety of assessment techniques, educational terminology; theories of language development; design and modification of curriculum and intervention programs for success in reading for all levels. Focus on identifying and developing appropriate multi-sensory structured language strategies including knowledge of theories, programs and practices, phonemic awareness, phonics and vocabulary development, use of formal and informal assessments and ways to prepare and maintain students in general education. At least 10 hours of instruction covering the teaching of reading are delivered in this course.

SPE544 Mathematics Content and Applications 3

An in-depth examination of mathematics content and applications as viewed through The Guiding Principles and Learning Standards in the Mathematics Curriculum Framework, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Included is an examination of numbers and operations; functions and algebra; geometry and measurement; and statistics and probability as appropriate to deep understanding and excellence in pedagogical practice.

SPE548 Reading and Language Arts for English Language Learners 3

The course focuses on current theories and their applications related to the teaching of ELLs. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice, and to build teachers’ confidence and familiarity with research-proven practices for working with ELLs. This course is made up of two modules: A) ELLs: Their World and Second Language Acquisition Process in the SEI Classroom and B) Academic Language and Literacy Development in the SEI Classroom. Students are only endorsed for SEI if they complete an initial first teacher licensure program at Bay Path University.