• Program Overview

    Gain advanced skills in research-based practices for teaching at the elementary level.

    The M. Ed. in Elementary Education prepares educators to be instructional leaders in their schools. Through tailored coursework on child development, curriculum and instruction, assessment and planning, and the use of technology, students gain a data-based approach to help them teach elementary school in Massachusetts. Utilizing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks built on the Common Core and Next Generation Standards, you will learn how to support children’s academic, social, and emotional needs through evidence-based practice. Our programs also feature extensive field experience to help bridge the gap between research and practice. Throughout your program, you will see a direct link as you study under the guidance of Van Loan’s experienced instructors.

    Graduates of Van Loan School’s licensure programs are lead teachers in elementary classrooms, tutors, and growing experts in the field of elementary education. Graduates earn an initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Elementary Education (1-6).

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  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
    • Design high quality and coherent instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments 
    • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
    • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
    • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
    • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.

    Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure

    As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought.  Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director. 

    *Courses required to obtain the Initial license

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    *
    EDN 570 - Strategies for Classroom Management
    *
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    *
    ELM 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Elementary Education (Pre-Practicum)
    *
    ELM 560 - Practicum in Elementary Education
    *
    ELM 565 - Reflective Seminar in Elementary Education
    *
    EXM 696 - Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    *
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    *
    SPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies
    *

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum: Non-Licensure

    *Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

    Electives - 12 cr. 

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 570 - Strategies for Classroom Management
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    SPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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Contact Us

Aubry Threlkeld
Director, Graduate Teacher Licensing Programs
978-232-2408