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2003-2004 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Teacher Licensure Programs

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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 on pages 44–46, 74–76, 85–87, and 88–89. 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 Department.

For more information about education programs, contact Dr. Linda Delano, director of teacher preparation programs, at (413) 748-3155 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

General Education Program - 47 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major.

I. General Education Program

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 major requirements.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Complete all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
  3. 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 licensure program.
  4. Earn a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average.
  5. 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).
  6. Earn minimum grades specified for designated courses.
  7. Demonstrate the personal characteristics needed to become a teacher (for example, responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
  8. 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 Teaching and Administration 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Hand-deliver a completed application 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 transfer students).

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 Council.

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