2016 - 2017 Academic Catalog

Initial Licensure - Elementary Education

Overview Requirements Course Descriptions Graduate Faculty

The mission of the Lasell College Master of Education degree programs is to provide new and experienced teachers with;

  • a broad understanding of practice and theory related to curriculum and instruction.
  • familiarity with the needs of diverse learners and resources for meeting those needs.
  • engagement in professional collaboration; exploration and support of community resources.
  • and experiences as consumers and producers of research.

The Practicum for students pursuing initial licensure in elementary education (grades 1 - 6) provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Course Code Course Title Credits
Concentration Courses
ED720 Mathematics Concepts & Curriculum 3
ED721 Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum 3
ED722 Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum 3
ED796 Practicum: Elementary 6

Elective chosen with Advisor from ED or SPED offerings

The Initial Licensure track curriculum is as follows:

  • 18 credits in required core courses
  • 18 credits in licensure requirements

Coursework
The Education Department will review your transcripts for evidence of completing coursework in areas on the MTEL General Curriculum tests. You may be advised to complete additional coursework to support your success in the program. In particular, you MUST complete a course in child or human development by the completion of 18 credits in the M.Ed. program.

MTEL
As an approved Massachusetts teacher licensure program, Lasell incorporates requirements for passing required sections of the licensure test, MTEL:

Communication & Literacy, reading subtest

By the completion of 6 graduate credits

Communication & Literacy, writing subtest

By the completion of 6 graduate credits

Pass any one of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

By the completion of 12 graduate credits

Pass any two of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

By the completion of 18 graduate credits

Pass all of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

Before entering the practicum



ED711 - Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners

This course considers research, principles, and strategies for effective instruction and classroom organization, particularly in the context of supporting diverse learners and teaching in diverse settings. Topics include differentiated instruction, curriculum planning and resources, formal and informal assessments of student progress, modifications appropriate to meet linguistic and cultural differences, and accommodations for special needs learners. Requires classroom observations at multiple locations.

ED712 - Literacy Instruction: Elementary

This course explores literacy learning and teaching in grades 1 – 6. Topics include the role of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis in reading and writing; the relationship among vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency; formal and informal assessments to measure literacy development and guide classroom instruction; and effective instructional strategies and materials to support elementary learners in reading and writing. Includes focus on differentiating instruction for readers and writers with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Requires a pre-practicum.

ED713 - Reading Supports for Elementary Learners

This course examines formal and informal assessments of reading difficulties, especially those currently in use, and their analysis, interpretation, and application to classroom instruction and placement. Students explore strategies, materials, and modifications appropriate for classroom teachers, as well as specialized programs. Requires classroom observations. Prerequisite: ED 712.

ED720 - Mathematics Concepts & Curriculum

This course explores central areas of mathematics in the elementary classroom, as well teaching strategies and methods appropriate for learners at various stages of understanding. Topics include number and operations; functions and algebra; geometry and measurement; statistics and probability; and problem solving. Requires classroom teaching.

ED721 - Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum

This course provides understanding of essential concepts in the physical and life sciences, including technology and environmental science. Reviews standards for teaching and learning science and technology, as well exploring area resources for teachers and elementary students. Integrates technology appropriate for elementary classrooms.

ED722 - Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum

This course provides understanding and critical examination of major events and eras in American and world history through varied perspectives. Includes strategies for integrating social studies and other content areas, including literacy and arts. Students explore local resources for teaching social studies and become familiar with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

ED751 - Research, Policy, Practice in Education

This course explores critical issues in education, with particular focus on policy and practice implications. Specific topics vary, including both perennial concerns (for example, inclusion and accommodations for special needs learners; assessment goals, strategies, and instruments; literacy instruction and assessment; school choice) and emerging concerns related to legislative initiatives, budget considerations, and major research findings.

ED752 - Collaboration for Student Success

This course emphasizes effective communication skills in a variety of contexts, both within and outside of school settings, related to elementary student success. Students develop strategies for collaborating with a variety of professionals, including school professionals in general education and special education and professionals in medical and mental health agencies; and for engaging families/caregivers, particularly from diverse backgrounds, community members, and outside agencies.

ED753 - Literacy Across the Curriculum

This course provides principles, strategies, and resources for teaching and using literacy skills in content-area subjects in elementary grades. Focuses on comprehension of narrative and informational texts, text types, integration of literature in content areas, study skills, and vocabulary development.

ED754 - Phonics & Spelling in Elementary Grades

This course focuses on language processes, including phonological and orthographic language systems related to literacy development. Research and theory related to letters, sounds and their relationship, word analysis, and spelling are used to critique and evaluate reading programs and design customized assessment and instruction.

ED761 - Sheltered English Immersion

This course provides a grounding in current theory and practice related to teaching English Language Learners. In particular, students learn to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that ELL students can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy. Course includes a pre-practicum in license-appropriate classrooms. Prerequisite: ED 713 or Department permission. (3 credits) Formerly - ED773

ED771 - Understanding/Using Educational Research

This course explores major paradigms of educational research, including concepts, methods, and terminology related to each. Students read, analyze, and discuss both seminal and current research in relevant areas; study trends in educational research; and apply findings to their own practice by designing a classroom-based research project. Prerequisite: completion of at least 21 credits in the graduate education program.

ED772 - Teacher as Researcher

This course focuses on refining, completing, and reporting the research project designed in ED 771. Requires presenting findings in symposium setting. Prerequisite: ED 771.

ED773 - Teacher as Leader

This course explores various aspects of leadership and change in education, business, and other professions. Includes theories and models of leadership, organizational change and behavior, and policy analysis, as well as approaches to mentoring and coaching. Helps participants identify their own leadership styles and goals.

ED796 - Practicum: Elementary

This course provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom under the supervision of a qualified professional. Includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as management, planning, professional development, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program.

Sarah Abbott

Faculty Connected Learning Organizer; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Linda Bucci

Chair of Justice Studies; Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Plummer House

Sarah Burrows

Director of the Internship Program; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Klingbeil

Jenifer Drew

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Plummer House

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Marisa Hastie

Associate Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science

Office: 70 Maple Street

Cristina Haverty

Chair of Athletic Training & Exercise Science; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: 70 Maple Street

Dana Janbek

Associate Professor of Public Relations

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Michael Laramee

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for the Creative and Applied Arts

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Assistant Professor of Fashion

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Winslow Putnam Center

Meryl Perlson

Chair of Communication; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue 107

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Klingbeil House

Matthew Reilly

Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: Maple Terr MOD

Claudia Rinaldi

Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Lori Rosenthal

Chair of Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer House

Daniel Sargeant

Chair of Sport Management; Assistant Professor

Office: Bancroft House

Dwayne Thomas

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Melissa Varao

Chair of Marketing/Management; Associate Professor Hospitality and Event Management

Office: DeArment House, #5

Nancy Waldron

Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment House

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment House

Brian Wardyga

General Manager, Lasell College Radio; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Brennan Library

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Catherine Zeek

Professor of Education; Director of RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center

Office: Brennan 101

ED720 - Mathematics Concepts & Curriculum

This course explores central areas of mathematics in the elementary classroom, as well teaching strategies and methods appropriate for learners at various stages of understanding. Topics include number and operations; functions and algebra; geometry and measurement; statistics and probability; and problem solving. Requires classroom teaching.

ED721 - Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum

This course provides understanding of essential concepts in the physical and life sciences, including technology and environmental science. Reviews standards for teaching and learning science and technology, as well exploring area resources for teachers and elementary students. Integrates technology appropriate for elementary classrooms.

ED722 - Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum

This course provides understanding and critical examination of major events and eras in American and world history through varied perspectives. Includes strategies for integrating social studies and other content areas, including literacy and arts. Students explore local resources for teaching social studies and become familiar with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

ED796 - Practicum: Elementary

This course provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom under the supervision of a qualified professional. Includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as management, planning, professional development, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program.