Mar 28, 2023
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(130–143 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The goal of the Education Department is to prepare undergraduate students for
teacher licensure in one of the following areas: early childhood (PreK–2); elementary
(1–6); or secondary (5–8 and/or 8–12) in biology, English, history, or mathematics.
Additionalteacher licensure programs offered by the College include health/family
and consumer sciences (all grades), physical education (PreK-8 and/or 5–12), and
visual arts (PreK–8 and/or 5–12). Students seeking teacher licensure should begin
their program upon their admission to the College, but in order to be considered
teacher candidates and to complete the professional prepa-ration requirements,
they must apply for official admission to the teacher preparation program and
be accepted. Application to the teacher preparation program typically occurs prior
to the junior year. More information about requirements for admittance to the
teacher preparation program can be found in Section IV below.
To comply with Massachusetts Department of Education regulations, students seeking
secondary licensure (5–8 and/or 8–12) are required to complete a full major in
the subject area in which they seek licensure, as well as coursework to meet the
professional standards for all teachers. Students seeking secondary licensure
may major in biology (143 s.h. with licensure requirements),English (130 s.h.
with licensure requirements), history (132 s.h. with licensure requirements),
or mathematics (130 s.h. with licensure requirements). More information about
requirements for those majors, including special requirements for students seeking
licensure, can be found in the section for each specific major. Professional courses
required for licensure are listed below. Secondary licensure students are advised
by a faculty member from their major department and by an advisor from the Education
For more information about education programs, contact Dr. Linda Davis-Delano,
director of educator preparation programs, at (413) 748-3155 or the Admissions
Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (47 s.h. included in the total credit hours)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Major Requirements
See the biology, English, history, or mathematics pages for information about
III. Secondary Teacher Professional Preparation Requirements (37 s.h.)
Note: selected courses which fulfill General Education categories are marked
with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked with a “W”.
Select a total of 14 s.h. from:
IV. Admission to Teacher Preparation Program
Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements
for admission to undergraduate teacher preparation programs:
- Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested
in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure
area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student
to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation
program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for
early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology
for elementary; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement
and sports studies for physical education; art/studio art concentration or art
therapy for art; and health studies.
- Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for
the specific program.
- Earn a minimum 2.750 cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure
courses. See teacher preparation handbook for a list of these courses for each
- Earn a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average.
- Receive a score of 70 or higher on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests
(reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
- Earn minimum grades specified for designated courses.
- Demonstrate the personal characteristics needed to become a teacher (for example,
responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching
- Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate
major department and the Education Department. (For students in physical education
and health, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and
Health Education Department.)
Note: Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain
all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the
practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience.
Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must:
- Fill out the top portion of the application for admission into a teacher licensure
program. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator
Preparation Office. Bring the application to the appropriate department(s) for
recommendation(s)/signature(s) and attachment of required documents.
- Completed applications must be returned to the Office of Educator Preparation
& Licensure (Administration Building, room 209). Applications are complete
once they have all necessary signatures and have required documentation attached.
This typically occurs prior to the student’ s junior year (or the equivalent for
The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed
application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes
to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation
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