The Concentration in Education
The BLA concentration in Education provides students with knowledge of the field of elementary education. The concentration includes courses in the language arts, elementary mathematics, and educational psychology. Students will develop knowledge of issues, theories and practices in elementary education, an understanding of the diversity of learners, and the ability to assess and account for cultural and language influences, as well as the impact of learning disabilities, on learning. Students will be called on to demonstrate effective communication skills, professional collaboration and enthusiasm for developing lifelong habits that facilitate reflection, clear thinking, critical judgment, innovation and problem-solving. As students in this concentration may consider elementary education as a career, appropriate types of professional behaviors are required at all times.
A minimum of 8 courses:
Choose 6 courses from the following:
||Elementary Math for Teaching: Numbers and Operations
||Elementary Math for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement
||Teaching and Learning with Technology
||Language, Literacy, and Culture
||Children with Disabilities in the Classroom
||Early Literacy Community Experience I
||Early Literacy Community Experience II (pre-requisite 02.301)
||Transfer Course Elective or other elective with approval of advisor
Students may apply to the BLA/M.Ed. fast track in “Elementary Education and Teaching Children with Moderate Disabilities” during the Fall semester of their senior year. If admitted, students will take three graduate courses (9 cr), in their senior year which count both toward the BLA and toward the M.Ed.. Upon graduation from the BLA, students in the fast track can then complete the remaining 30 credits M.Ed. in “Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.” Students interested in the fast track must contact Patricia_Fontaine@uml.edu
at the end of their junior year.