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.
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).
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing||3|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
or MA 140
or MA 118
|HS 131||U.S. History to 1877||3|
|or HS 132||U.S. History Since Reconstruction|
|World Language - Level 101||3|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PS 236||Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology||3|
MA 140 is required if student tests out of MA 110.
|ED 140||Introduction to Public Education and the Teaching Profession||1|
|ED 250||(uc) Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism||3|
|ED 260||Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education||3|
|Learning and Teaching the Developing Child|
and Learning & Teaching: Pedagogy Field Lab I
|Adv Learning & Teaching|
and Advanced Learning and Teaching: Assessment Field Lab II
|ED 436||Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades||3|
|ED 458||Teaching Science in the Primary Grades||3|
|ED 462||Facilitating the Arts in the Elementary Classroom||3|
|Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades|
and English Language Arts Integration Field Lab IV
|Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades|
and Primary Math and Science STEM Field Lab III
|ED 550||Issues and Research in Education||2|
|ED 554||Internship & Seminar I||1|
|ED 555||Internship & Seminar II||1|
|ED 556||Teaching Literacy in Grades 4-6||3|
|ED 569||Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-6||3|
|ED 575||Teacher Discourse: Language and Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom||3|
|ED 577||Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom||3|
|ED 601||Student Teaching and Seminar||6|
|ED 693||Research I||2|
|ED 694||Research II||2|
|SPED 552||Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom||3|
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.