Elementary Education - Main Campus
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.
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