BA/MAT Five-Year Program in Elementary Education

From teaching children to read to helping them figure out how to add, subtract and multiply, elementary school teachers enjoy rewarding careers. They motivate young children to learn while teaching them the skill sets they need to process new information.

Program Overview

Your job as an elementary school teacher is to help children attain basic knowledge and educational skills to be successful in such areas as reading and writing, math, history, science and geography. In addition to academics, you will engender the emotional growth of your students. We’ll teach you how to plan lessons, manage a classroom and enhance your understanding of many different types of learners and cultures.

The Five-Year BA/MAT program allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and elementary teaching certificate (first through sixth grades) within five years. In your first year, you’ll select a major subject within the College of Arts and Sciences. In your junior year, you’ll begin taking education courses as well as courses in your major. You’ll automatically transition to graduate school after you earn your bachelor’s degree, and your final year will be spent interning at an area school under the supervision of an on-site teacher adviser and a School of Education faculty member.

At the end of five years, you’ll earn your master of arts in teaching degree and will be eligible to test for your elementary teaching certificate. The elementary teaching certificate is accepted in more than 40 states, including all of the Northeast states.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA/MAT Five-Year Program in Elementary Education

The elementary education program is designed to prepare the teacher candidate with in-depth content knowledge across the elementary school curriculum and exemplary skills in teaching and classroom management.  Students interested in elementary education may major in any discipline or have an interdisciplinary major.

Central to candidates’ professional studies are undergraduate service-based courses (ED 341L, ED 342L, ED 466L and ED 468L) in which candidates gain 80 hours of hands-on experience, and the full-year graduate internship/residency experience in partner schools.

General Requirements

The following courses meet the Connecticut State Department of Education’s general education requirements. A grade of "C" or better is required in these courses (except as noted).

Course List
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
Select one of the following: 13
MA 110
Contemporary Mathematics
or MA 140
or MA 118
Applied Calculus
HS 131U.S. History to 18773
or HS 132 U.S. History Since Reconstruction
World Language - Level 1013
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 236Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology3
Fine Arts3
Total Credits24-25

MA 140 is required if student tests out of  MA 110.

Professional Component

Course List
ED 140Introduction to Public Education and the Teaching Profession1
ED 250(uc) Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism3
ED 260Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 341
& 341L
Learning and Teaching the Developing Child
and Learning & Teaching: Pedagogy Field Lab I
ED 342
& 342L
Adv Learning & Teaching
and Advanced Learning and Teaching: Assessment Field Lab II
ED 436Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades3
ED 458Teaching Science in the Primary Grades3
ED 462Facilitating the Arts in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 466
& 466L
Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades
and English Language Arts Integration Field Lab IV
ED 468
& 468L
Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades
and Primary Math and Science STEM Field Lab III
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 554Internship & Seminar I1
ED 555Internship & Seminar II1
ED 556Teaching Literacy in Grades 4-63
ED 569Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-63
ED 575Teacher Discourse: Language and Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching and Seminar6
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Total Credits60

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the five-year BA/MAT program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

  • A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of course work with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPAs below 2.67 will not be considered).
  • A passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test or a Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment Waiver.
  • At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator, including one from a college instructor.
  • A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards.
  • A formal interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program.
  • Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.