Sample Degree Pathway for Education - Elementary and Moderate Disabilities Concentration

For students who entered fall 2019 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I/FYSH (CW)
3
HIST.1050 Western Civilization I (AH), (DCA) 
3
LIFE.1010/
ENVI.1100
Life Science I / Global Env. Science (SCL) 3
LIFE.1030L/
ENVI.1120L
Life Science I Lab / Global Env. Science Lab (SCL)  1
PSYC.1010 Intro to Psychology (SS)
3
EDUC.1100 Intro to Teaching 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW)
3
HIST.1110 US History to 1877 (DCA)
3
MATH.1070 Elem. Math for Teaching: Numbers and Operations (MATH)
3
PSYC.2600 Child and Adolescent Development (SS)
3
EDUC.1600 Technology and Digital Literacy 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.1080 World Civilization II (DCA) 3
CHEM.1010 Applied Chem. (SCL)
3
ENGL.xxxx Elective2 
3
EDUC.2000 Foundations of Reading 3
EDUC.2100 Intro to Moderate Disabilities
3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
MATH.2270 Elementary Math for Teaching: Geometry (STEM)
3
HIST.1120 US History since 1877 (DCA) 
3
ENGL.2980 Children's Literature (AH)
3
EDUC.2500 Teaching Social Studies 
3
EDUC.3200 Methods of Teaching Moderate Disabilities 3
EDUC.MTEL1 MTEL Requirement 1   
0
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
EDUC.3500 Language and Writing Development
3
HIST.3/4xxx Elective
3
ENGL.2/3/4xxx Elective1 
3
MATH.1080 Elementary Math for Teachers: Algebra and Data Analysis
3
EDUC.3600 Teaching Science (IL), (WOC) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 
3
Total 18

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
Total 14
ENGL.2/3/4xxx Elective  
3
EDUC.4100 Prepracticum 
2
EDUC.3400 Math and Problem Solving (CTPS), (QL)
3
EDUC.2200 Ed Assess of Moderate Disabilities 
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
EDUC.MTEL2 MTEL Requirement 2  0

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
Total 12
EDUC.4000 Sheltered English Instruction
3
EDUC.4200 Elementary Practicum I 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Elective1 
3
EDUC.3000 Understanding Family and Community Engagement 
3

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
Total 15
EDUC.4350 Elementary Practicum II and Seminar 6
EDUC.4460 Special Education Practicum and Seminar
9

Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Literature Focus

2Language Focus

The BA Ed. degree pathway shows the courses that are required to complete the degree. The semester in which some courses are offered, may differ and accommodations will be made. Courses with higher numbers (3000 and above) are generally taken in the junior and senior years. The education courses are highly field based and often require additional hours of field work in schools to better prepare you for your career.

Notes:

  • All EDUC courses are required.
  • All courses with prefixes MATH, ENGL, HIST, PSYC are required. If a course is not available in a timely fashion, exceptions may be made providing a course which meets similar subject matter knowledge is taken. This change can only be made with approval of the program coordinator.
  • CHEM.1010 may be replaced by other physical science course with a lab such as PHYS.1210/1230L.
  • The three MATH courses (1070, 2270, 1080) may be taken in any sequence.
  • The third Social Science elective may not be in Psychology.

GPA and MTEL

Teacher candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better in order to proceed to the final practicum, they must also have passed the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for the two teacher licenses (01 Communications and Literacy – Reading and Writing) (03 General Curriculum Multi-Subject Test and Math Test) (90 Foundations of Reading). See MTEL website for more information.

  • Foundations of Reading should be taken immediately after taking EDUC 2000.
  • Communications and Literacy must be passed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • General Curriculum Multi Subject Test and Math Test must be taken during the junior year.

Field Experience and Practicum Requirements

Many courses have field experiences in local schools which may requires completion of hours beyond course meeting times. Teacher candidates, when required, must submit materials for criminal background checks and must provide fingerprints. Program coordinators will supply information on these processes.

In order to work in schools during field experiences and the practicum, the teacher candidate must exhibit professional dispositions and behaviors and be of “sound moral character.” The candidate at all times must exhibit good judgment, personal integrity, and exemplary behavior. Candidates must demonstrate that they understand their professional responsibilities and have the integrity to work in schools where they will be responsible for the education and welfare of minors. Further, they must know how to engage in collaborative and collegial professional work with fellow teachers and staff.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a BA Ed. degree and teacher license, candidates must complete the approved program including both practica (600 hours in total). The practicum candidate is assessed using the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) instrument and process. Candidates must demonstrate that they have met the Professional Standards for Teaching and are proficient in their ability to:

  • Develop well-structured lessons.
  • Adjust practice based on student assessment data.
  • Meet diverse needs.
  • Create of a safe learning environment for all students.
  • Hold high expectations for student learning.
  • Demonstrate reflective practice.

Breadth of Knowledge

The UMass Lowell Core includes requirements designed to familiarize students with multiple perspectives regarding diverse areas of knowledge and modes of inquiry outside of their major discipline. Students gain insights into these perspectives by taking courses outside of their major discipline. The BA Ed. degree is structured for students to meet this requirement. See Breadth of Knowledge for more information.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 6/07/2019