Childrens Center

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Department Mission is to provide career and educational opportunities for a diverse audience of learners who wish to pursue teaching as a career. Instructional paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, teacher's aides, entry-level college students and mature returning or career-change students who wish to become elementary education practitioners can expect to find support and encouragement to attain their short- and long-term educational and career goals at Massasoit Community College as they prepare for their next steps in higher education.

The Associate in Arts Degree, Liberal Arts Transfer - Elementary Education degree, is the initial step in pre-service teacher preparation. Completion of General Education courses and two Education-specific courses in the program will allow students to enter a Massachusetts state college or university’s Elementary Education program as a junior having completed the requirements set out in the Elementary Education Transfer Compact. The Liberal Arts Transfer - Elementary Education degree is designed to allow students the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree which meets the requirements of the Elementary Education Transfer Compact as well as the MassTransfer Compact of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

In addition to the transfer opportunities to State College and Universitites, area private colleges may also admit transfer students into teacher education programs. For example, a 2+2 program for Elementary Education is offered by Eastern Nazarene College here at Massasoit Community College. Graduates can join a cohort and complete their Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education here, one night a week for 2 and ½ years.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the LAT - Elementary Education degree program, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate learning in the area of educational philosophy and history
  • Have and demonstrate skills in the Liberal Arts
  • Be culturally responsive and effective educational pre-practitioners
  • Meet published requirements for entrance into state college or university elementary educations programs at the junior level

The Elementary Education Associate's Degree is an attractive option for students who wish to achieve a high-quality, moderate cost preparatory degree. Instructional paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, teacher's aides, entry-level college students and mature returning or career-change students who wish to become elementary education practitioners will all benefit from this program. The course structure addresses some of the topics in the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Students should plan to take the Communication and Literacy section of the MTEL shortly after completing English Composition II (ENGL 102) which may be required for entry into a Bachelor's degree program. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the department chair as well as their academic advisors regularly, and most especially during their first year of study to plan course sequences that avoid prerequisite conflicts.