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  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 College Catalog

Education - Professional Studies in Education (B.S.)


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Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2)

The Professional Studies in Education Department at Mount Ida College offers a Concentration in Early Childhood Education with licensure preparation as Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2. This concentration provides students with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies in Education in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards for teacher licensure. Upon department requirement completion and passing of all required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), students will be eligible for licensure as Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2 which is granted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to the Professional Studies in Education curriculum and methodology courses, students will gain an understanding of the diverse needs in classroom settings. Coursework and practicum experiences will focus on integrating the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks with innovative lessons, incorporating teaching strategies focused on the diverse learning needs of students in today’s classrooms. Areas of focus will also include developing behavior management strategies and assessment techniques, and the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities.

Students completing the required courses for this concentration will have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Concentration in Child-Centered Careers
(Non-Licensure)

The Professional Studies in Education Program at Mount Ida College provides students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies in Education with a concentration in Child-Centered Careers. When studying children and their development, we address the context and culture of their lives as well as the impact of a child’s ethnicity and gender. The study of children’s development in tandem with a focus on the significance of early childhood education involves interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of psychology and sociology, as well as exploration of the biological, cognitive, social and emotional development in the lives of children and their environment. Students completing the required courses for this concentration will have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a concentration in Early Childhood Education typically seek employment as teachers in public schools or may consider graduate work that specializes in other licensure areas.  Upon department requirement completion and passing of all required MTELs, students will be eligible for licensure as Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2 which is granted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students completing the required courses for this concentration will have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Students with a concentration in Child-Centered Careers will work with children in a variety of settings. In addition, this concentration offers an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing child-centered graduate studies. Students completing the required courses for this concentration will have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes


In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspectives, students who successfully complete this program will:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  2. Identify prerequisite skills, concepts, and vocabulary needed for the development of learning activities and lesson plans.
  3. Demonstrate competency in identifying the developmental domains and the application of best practices in early childhood careers.
  4. Utilize differentiated instruction to accommodate the diverse needs of students with and without disabilities and English language learners.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of comparative teaching and learning approaches in educational settings.
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate in order to assess learning outcomes for children.
  7. Implement instructional technology and maintain currency with educational technological trends and advancements.
  8. Demonstrate the qualities of professionalism in educational settings.

Policies, Conditions and/or Fees

The admission standards for the Professional Studies in Education Department are the same as the overall admission standards established for baccalaureate programs at Mount Ida College.

Policies for the Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2)

The student is required to achieve a grade of C+ or higher in all Professional Studies in Education (ED) courses. 

The student is required to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 or higher.

To enter the Pre-Practicum (ED420) and the Student Teaching Practica (ED430, ED435, ED440 and ED445), the following are required:

  • Senior standing in the Professional Studies in Education Department
  • Permission from the Department Chair
  • Completion of all Professional Studies in Education Department requirements
  • Submission of application for internship

The student is encouraged to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for licensure as Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2. Licensure is granted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education upon completion of Professional Studies in Education Department requirements and passing of ALL required MTELs.

It is recommended that the student pursuing the concentration in Early Childhood Education  (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2) benefit from tutoring for MTELs, offered by the Professional Studies in Education Department.

Graduation Requirements for the Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2):

The student must complete all requirements of the Professional Studies in Education Concentration in Early Childhood Education, including a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) during the practicum that is based on guidelines developed by the DESE. The Professional Studies in Education Department Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2) is approved by the DESE and is designed to prepared educators for an Initial License in Early Childhood Education: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2.

In addition to the CAP, provided by the Massachusetts DESE, the Professional Studies in Education Department evaluates students using portfolio assessment and completion of a Senior Capstone Experience.

Policies for the Concentration in Child-Centered Careers (Non-Licensure)

The student is required to achieve a grade of C- or higher in all Professional Studies in Education (ED) courses.

The student is required to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 or higher.

To enter the Senior Child Development Field Experience (ED400) and the Senior Internships (ED405, ED410, and ED415), the following are required:

  • Senior standing in the Professional Studies in Education Department
  • Permission from the Department Chair
  • Completion of all Professional Studies in Education Department requirements
  • Submission of application for internship

Graduation Requirements for the Concentration in Child-Centered Careers (Non-Licensure):

The student must complete all requirements of the Professional Studies in Education Concentration in Child-Centered Careers. The Professional Studies in Education Department evaluates students through the College Supervisor and Supervising Practitioner Evaluation Forms, in addition to portfolio assessment and completion of a Senior Capstone Experience.

Professional Studies in Education Student Handbook

For further information on department policies, including the waiver policy, Professional Studies in Education students should refer to the 2017-2018 Professional Studies in Education Student Handbook.  Policies in the Handbook apply to all students enrolled in the B.S. in Professional Studies in Education Department, including both Concentrations.

Note: Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act, as amended, requires all institutions that offer teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal financial aid to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensure. Institutions with ten or more students completing their teacher preparation program(s) in a given year are also required to publish information on the pass rate of program completers on licensing examinations in their annual report for that reporting year. Institutions with fewer than ten program completers in a given year are prohibited from publishing pass rate information for reasons of confidentiality for the students involved. Mount Ida College had less than ten program completers during the most recent reporting year and thus is not permitted to publish pass rate information on the same. A copy of the Mount Ida College Annual Report on Title II Data, exclusive of pass rate data, is available upon written request from the Professional Studies in Education Department Office.

Requirements

 

II. Required Supporting Courses: (6 credits)


 

Psychology Supporting Requirement: 3 credits

  • One (1) 300-400 level Psychology course 3 credits

Other Required Social Sciences and Humanities Courses: 3 credits 

III. Professional Studies in Education Concentrations


Child-Centered Careers Concentration (41 credits)


Non-Licensure

(For students wishing to pursue Child-Centered Careers)

  • Nine (9) Open Elective courses chosen in consultation with Academic Advisor

Notes:


A Professional Studies in Education Department student with a Concentration in Child-Centered Careers (Non-Licensure) may use Open Elective courses toward a minor.  A minor requires a minimum of 6 courses (18-21 credits) designated by the chosen minor Department. Each Department will have a specified list of required and elective courses to count toward a minor. For example: A student with a Concentration in Child-Centered Careers (Non-Licensure), pursuing a minor in Psychology, must refer to the Psychology Department’s minor course requirements and electives.

IV. Other Required Courses: (42-43 credits)


 

  • CC300 Level Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Four (4) All College Curriculum Electives (Courses taken outside of the Education Department) 12 credits

Professional Studies in Education Total Credits:


  
Early Childhood Education Concentration (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2) Total Credits: (124-125)

Child-Centered Careers Concentration (Non-Licensure) Total Credits: (123-124)
 

Note:



Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication requirements of the All College Curriculum. These courses are offered within a variety of Departments that have been identified as meeting the requirements for Writing-Intensive (“W”) or Oral Communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three courses beyond EN102 must be writing-intensive “W” courses.
The Professional Studies in Education Department students will complete one Writing-Intensive “W” course by completing the CC300 Level Interdisciplinary Seminar requirement and are required to complete two additional “W” courses.
 

Oral: Two courses must be Oral Communication “O” courses.
The Professional Studies in Education Department students will complete one Oral Communication “O” course by completing EN105 Public Speaking and are required to complete one additional “O” course.
 

Early Childhood Education Concentration: Suggested Course Sequence


Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2

(Prerequisites of department-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the course descriptions.)

Second Year: (31-32 credits)


  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits

Third Year: (32 credits)


  • Two (2) ACC Electives 6 credits
  • CC300 Level Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

Fourth Year: (31 credits)


  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits
  • One 300-400 level Psychology course 3 credits

Child-Centered Careers Concentration: Suggested Course Sequence:


(Non-Licensure)

 (Prerequisites of department-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)


  • One (1) Open Elective 3 credits

Second Year: (30-31 credits)


  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits
  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits

Third Year: (30 credits)


  • Three (3) Open Electives 9 credits
  • Two (2) ACC Electives 6 credits
  • CC300 level Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

Fourth Year: (32 credits)


  • One (1) 300-400 level Psychology course 3 credits
  • Three (3) Open Electives 9 credits
  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits

 

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