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Elementary Education/Liberal Arts/A.A. Degree

 

Program Advisor: Tom Curley, 413-236-2103

The Elementary Education concentration in the Liberal Arts degree program meets the Massachusetts Transfer Compact and provides a strong liberal arts foundation for students continuing on to a bachelor's degree and the Elementary Education Teachers License.

The program offers a comprehensive sequence of lower-level arts and sciences courses with an English and Psychology emphasis, designed to provide aspiring school teachers with the knowledge required for effective teaching at the elementary school level.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program .

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of major theories and approaches in education;
  • demonstrate a personal philosophy of education based on their own beliefs and values;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the historical background of major educational theories and of the major historical events that have influenced American education;
  • identify and evaluate the political and sociological forces present in major educational principles and developments;
  • demonstrate a basic competency in general educational sub­jects, with special emphasis on English and Psychology.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, as well as the additional requirements, shown below.  

 Program

 

27 Credits 

 EDU 105

 Foundations of Education 

 3

 ENG 205 

 Children's Literature

 3

 ENG 

 Literature (see footnote 1) 

 3

 GEO 125  

 World Geography  

 3

 MAT 113  Survey of College Mathematics  3 

 PSY 107

 Introductory Psychology 

 3

 PSY 204  

 Human Growth & Development 

 3

 

 Free Electives 

 6

                                                                   

General Education   

 

 35 Credits

 COM 

  Communication

 3

 ECO

  Economics

 3

 ENG

  English Composition/Writing  

 6

 GOV

  Government
  (see footnote 2) 

 3

 HIS 113 
 OR
 HIS 114

  Western Civilization to 1500
  OR Western Civilization
  since 1500

 3

 HIS 117

  United States History to 1877 

 3

 

  Mathematics 

 3

 

  Environmental Studies
  (see footnote 3) 

 1

 

  Humanities and Fine Arts
  (see footnote 4)

 3

 

  Natural and Physical Science
  (see footnote 3) 

 7

 

 ADDITIONAL

 AS SHOWN

 Core Competencies Portfolio

         6 items

 Forum 

        12 units

 Health/Fitness

        30 hours

 Minimum Cumulative Average Overall

         2.000

 

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following presents a suggested route for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will depend on a particular student's circumstances.

First Semester 

 

 16 Credits

 EDU 105

 Foundations of Education

 3

 ENG

 English Composition/Writing

 3

 

 Natural Science (see footnote 3)

 4

 PSY 107

 Introductory Psychology

 3

 HIS 113
 HIS 114 

 Western Civilization to 1500 OR
 Western Civilization since 1500

3

                                                                 

 Second Semester

 

 15 Credits

 PSY 204  

 Human Growth & Development  

 3

 COM

 Communication 

 3

 ENG

 English Composition/Writing

 3

 MAT 113

 Survey of College Mathematics

 3

 GOV

 Government (see footnote 2)

 3 

                                                                     

Third Semester 

 

 15 Credits

 ENG 205

 Children's Literature 

 3

 GEO 125

 World Geography

 3

 ECO

 Economics 

 3

 

 Mathematics

 3

 

 Physical Science (see footnote 3)

 3

 

Fourth Semester 

 

15 Credits 

 

 Free Electives

 6

 HIS 117  United States History to 1877    3

 ENG

 Literature (see footnote 1)

 3

   Environmental Studies
 (see footnote 3)  
 1 

 

 Humanities and Fine Arts
 (see footnote 4)

 3

Footnotes:

  1. ENG 215, Introduction to Literature, is recommended.
 
 2. GOV 105 is recommended. 
  3. Natural Science selected from BIO 101, 102, 111, or 112 or 180; or ENV 101, 102, or 121. Physical Science selected from BIO 109 or 110, CHM 101,  ENV 148, or PHY 101 or SCI 126. The requirement must be fulfilled by taking one four credit laboratory science and one three credit non-laboratory science or by two four credit labora­tory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109 or 110, or ENV 101 or 102, also fulfills the environmental studies requirement.
  4
. Must have prefix FAS, MUS, THR.