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Pursue your calling to teach, inspiring children and making an impact in their lives. With an education degree, you will be prepared to instill a love of learning, help students realize their potential, and benefit society by becoming a child advocate.

Overview

The education program prepares future teachers who are versed in a range of disciplines, from the liberal arts to the sciences. Education majors learn the latest education strategies and techniques to teach students representing a diversity of backgrounds and learning styles. Education majors work with an expert faculty at Eastern Nazarene College and receive practical classroom experience throughout the state of Massachusetts, ranked as one of the top school systems in the country, as well as at the college’s resident preschool, Campus Kinder Haus.  Degree programs and licensure areas offered include:

Bachelor of Arts: 
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (TSMD) 

Associate of Arts:
Early Childhood Education 

Licensure Areas:

Early Childhood (Grades PreK-2)
Elementary (Grades 1-6)
Moderate Disabilities (Grades PreK-8 and 5-12)
History (Grades 5-12)
Biology (grades 8-12)
Chemistry (Grades 8-12)
Physics (Grades 8-12)

Campus Kinder Haus Eastern Nazarene College

Education majors receive practical classroom experience at the college’s resident preschool, Campus Kinder Haus, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The Teacher Education Program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of the program and all Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure tests (MTELs), candidates are eligible for the Initial License in their teaching area.  They are also eligible for a first license in several states based on the Interstate National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).  Additional state tests/exams may be required to obtain the license. During your time at Eastern Nazarene College, you will develop strong ties with your peers in classes that average only 15 students and close working relationships with your professors who are both full-time faculty and adjunct educators.

The Education Program prepares teachers who: 

  • Are able to teach in public and private schools.
  • Are prepared to teach in a globally diverse society.
  • Are grounded in research, theory, and practice.
  • Develop a high level of competence to work with and address the needs of students.
  • Develop skills to collaborate with colleagues where they are able to gain employment.
  • Understand and gain skills in the integration of content knowledge, teaching pedagogy, process, and their inherent relationships as part of their development toward professional educators.
  • Develop skills as reflective, effective, and skilled facilitators of learning.
  • Are prepared to process information in a technologically advanced society.
  • Able to adapt to different teaching settings and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and model in the classroom a wide range of effective teaching and learning techniques, computer-based multimedia technologies, and the application of current and established research on teaching and learning.
  • Develop skills to foster effective interaction, engagement and building of partnerships with families, caregivers, and communities.

Career Paths

Graduates seek teaching positions in the greater Boston area, other districts in Massachusetts as well as their home states throughout the country. Students teach in a diversity settings, urban, suburban and rural, working with students of all backgrounds.  Approximately 20% of the current teachers in Quincy Public Schools are graduates of the program.

General Degree Requirements
  • Admission into Teacher Education program for those seeking to teach  
  • Complete General Education Requirements  
  • Earn a minimum 123 graduation credits  
  • Pass Program Comprehensive Exam  
  • Meet minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75  
  • Senior exit portfolio and oral interview for students seeking initial licensure 
  • Education students complete a double major, one in their content area and one in education.
  • Liberal Arts Major – Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (TSMD)
  • Students who seek general licensure in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and/or Teacher of Students with Teacher of students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre K–8 and 5–12) must successfully complete the Liberal Arts major.
  • Second Major – Subject Area Licensure – Middle School and Secondary Education
  • The following majors qualify for students who wish to gain subject area licensure for the secondary (8–12) level:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Education Core Requirements
  • ED210 Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education
  • ED243 Educational Technology
  • ED310 Educational Psychology
  • ED320 Classroom Management
  • ES320 ELL Curriculum and Methods
  • SN311 Human Exceptionalities
  • SN420 Psychological and Educational Assessment of the SN Child  
Early Childhood Initial Course Requirements
  • EC325 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods I
  • EC330 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods II
  • RE441 Teaching Reading and Children’s Literature
  • EC499 Practicum: Preschool/Kindergarten (100 hrs) minimum
  • EC499 Practicum: Grades 1–2 (200 hrs)
  • ED499z Student Teacher Seminar, 3 credits
Elementary Education Initial Course Requirements
  • EL325 Elementary Curriculum and Methods I
  • EL330 Elementary Curriculum and Methods II
  • RE441 Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature
  • EL499 Practicum: Elementary Education
  • ED499z Student Teaching Seminar
Secondary Education Initial Course Requirements
  • RE462 Reading in the Content Area
  • SE420 General Curriculum and Methods of Secondary Education
  • SE499 Practicum: Secondary Education
  • ED499z Student Teaching Seminar
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Pre K/GR12 Education Initial Course Requirements
  • RE441 Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature
  • SN325 Special Needs Curriculum and Methods I
  • SN330 Curriculum and Methods Elementary Special Needs II OR SN335 Curriculum and Methods Secondary Special
  • Needs II SN499E OR SN499s Practicum Special Education
  • ED499z Student Teaching Seminar 
Education Core Course Descriptions

EDUCATION  CORE COURSES 

  • ED210 Foundations of Education (3 cr.) An introductory course offering insights into historical, sociological, psychological, philosophical and methodological foundations at all levels of education. Opportunity is provided for students to explore the eld of education and to provide guidance to those choosing teaching as a vocation. 
  • ED243 Educational Technology (3 cr.) Includes an overview of the applications of the technology in the classroom. Students will review, evaluate, and produce educational software including videos, slide presentations, transparencies and photo essays for use in small group, class, and individual instruction. Emphasis will be placed on integrating instructional software, including compact disks, word processing, and multimedia computer programs into the curriculum. There is also a study of innovative programs using technology, such as distance learning and telecommunications, in the classroom. Prerequisites: ED210 and ED310.
  • ED310 Education Psychology and Measurement (3 cr.) A review of human development in a psychological context, followed by a concentration on learning theories and evaluation strategies. The aim is to help each student to arrive at a consistent systematic position in applying psychology to the educational setting. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete this course. Prerequisite: ED210.
  • ED320 Classroom Management (3 cr.) Directed toward approaches that the teacher should be knowledgeable about and able to use in a classroom setting. A major emphasis will be directed toward behavior modification and other methods which should be appropriate in a self-contained and regular education classroom and instructional settings. Emphasis will be placed on the inclusion of all students within the classroom to enhance individual self. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete this course. Prerequisites: SN311, Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.  
  • ES320 ELL Curriculum and Methods (3 cr.) This course will examine a number of topics that address the learning needs of ELL students. Theoretical issues from various disciplines will be considered as they impact the practical needs and concerns of students and teachers in the authentic settings in which ELL instruction takes place (second language acquisition and the world of English Language Learners). A variety of methods, especially Sheltered Instruction (SEI), will be studied and analyzed in order that prospective teachers will be able to develop concrete strategies of instruction. The course targets the teaching of ELL in elementary school, middle school and high school. There is a 25 hour pre-practicum requirement for this course. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.  
  • SN311 Human Exceptionalities (3 cr.) An introductory course in special needs, which is designed to provide a basis for further study in the area. Students will develop competencies in the following: (1) psychological characteristics of children with special needs, (2) behavioral characteristics of children with special needs, (3) techniques used to diagnose and remediate special needs, and (4) current special needs legislation (state and national). There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, Junior standing.
  • SN420 Psychological and Educational Assessment (3 cr.) Students will be introduced to a variety of educational assessment techniques ranging from traditional classroom assessment tools and standardized tests, to more contemporary performance based assessment approaches. Attention will be given to the practical assessment versus theoretical treatment of evaluation. This will challenge students to consider whether assessment is valuable and how assessment and teaching go together. Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate and administer formal assessment tools, design and administer informal and alternative assessment tools, evaluate selected test materials and protocols, and determine how the classroom teacher can use all of this information in designing his/her teaching lessons and materials. Students will determine how the classroom teacher can use all the information in designing lessons that reach the students learning style and level of achievement. There are 15 pre-practicum hours to complete the course. Prerequisites: SN311 and Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • ED-499Z Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.) A three-credit seminar for student teachers who have not had any previous teaching experience. It is designed as a supportive component of the student teaching experience. The following is a list of possible topics to be covered: licensure application process, credential les, discipline, classroom management, interviewing, and relationships with supervising practitioners. The structure of the course also allows for student generated topics for discussion. One credit of the course (15 hours) will address the Data Analysis competency that is part of the new Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs). This will be designed to provide students with the essential knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics in the field of education. It prepares students to be knowledgeable consumers of social research statistics and to do further work in statistics and research. This one credit component is designed to provide a Lab experience for students where they will develop their skills for data interpretation, particularly as it is applied to work in K-12 schools and is required for all Education majors. This course is taken in conjunction with the student teaching practicum and is required to be considered a program completer. Prerequisite: Passing score on the content exam of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). 

 EARLY CHILDHOOD 

  • EC325 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methodology I (3 cr.) An overview of philosophy, approaches to teaching young children, technology, special needs, classroom management and practical materials designed for the developmental curriculum in the following areas: sensory experiences, language arts and the humanities (including social studies and the expressive arts). There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete for this course. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • EC330 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methodology II (3 cr.) Examines effective methods of curriculum implementation, considering cultural and special needs, combined with developmental learning and ways to prepare a supportive physical environment. This course will feature the following areas of curriculum: the natural sciences (including science, health and mathematics), motor development and parent and community involvement. The student will design an integrated curriculum unit and resource kit. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete for this course. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior and in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • EC399 Preschool–Kindergarten Associate Degree Practicum (6 cr.) Observing, assisting, and teaching within a preschool setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all early childhood Associate Degree majors for licensure (Of ce for Children). The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students.
  • RE441 The Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature (3 cr.) Designed to assist the preservice and elementary teacher in developing a solid instructional philosophy as it relates to the teaching of reading, and to examine research-based, balanced literacy practices. Emphasis will be placed on designing literacy-rich classroom environments which support reading instruction in relation to the Massachusetts English Language Curriculum Frameworks. Current methodology, practical techniques of teaching reading, the integration of winning strategies, as well as current assessment practices will be discussed. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • EC499k Preschool/Kindergarten Practicums (6 cr. each) Observing, assisting, and teaching within a preschool setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all early childhood majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN420, SN311, ED243, EC325, EC330, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.
  • EC499e Grades 1–2 Practicum (6 cr.) Observing, assisting, and teaching within a first or second grade setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all early childhood majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN311, SN420, ED243, ED320, EC325, EC330, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests. 

 ELEMENTARY  

  • EL325 Elementary Curriculum and Methods I (3 cr.) Designed to address elementary teaching methodology and competencies in the instructional areas of language arts and social studies in coordination with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Emphasis will be on teaching and assessment, including instructional strategies, teaching and learning styles, curriculum design, planning, and implementation of concepts, within the inclusionary model. Students are required to complete 25 pre-practicum hours in an elementary setting to observe and teach language arts and social studies curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teaching Education Program. 
  • EL330 Elementary Curriculum and Methods II (3 cr.) Designed to provide students with an overview of instructional curriculum and methodologies in elementary science/ technology and mathematics. Focus will be on curriculum, instruction, and assessment in a differentiated classroom. The use of instructional materials and the importance of hands-on instruction and scientific inquiry will be highlighted. Students will be expected to complete 25 pre- practicum hours in an elementary setting to observe and teach science and math curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program. 
  • RE441 The Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature (3 cr.) Designed to assist the preservice and elementary teacher in developing a solid instructional philosophy as it relates to the teaching of reading, and to examine research-based, balanced literacy practices. Emphasis will be placed on designing literacy-rich classroom environments which support reading instruction in relation to the Massachusetts English Language Curriculum Frameworks. Current methodology, practical techniques of teaching reading, the integration of winning strategies, as well as current assessment practices will be discussed. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • EL499 Practicum in Elementary Education (12 cr.) Observing, assisting, and teaching within an elementary school setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all elementary education majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN311, SN420, ED243, ED320, EL325, EL330, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests. 

 SECONDARY EDUCATION 

  • ED462 Reading in Content Area (3 cr.) Designed to develop skills that will enable the teacher to facilitate the student’s reading of content area material. Significant research will be reviewed and projects developed to provide the future teacher with practical applications of the findings. Attention will be given to all areas of the curriculum to be correlated with reading instruction. This course is required for middle school and secondary education. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program. Cross-listed as RE462.  
  • SE499 Practicum in Secondary Education (12 cr.) Observing, assisting and teaching within a secondary school setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all secondary education majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, SN311, ED243, ED320, RE462, SE420, SN420, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.  

MODERATE DISABILITIES 

  • SN325 Special Education Curriculum and Methods I (3 cr.) This course will focus on various methodologies in teaching all types of special needs students. The content for language arts, the humanities, social studies, and the arts are explored, with an emphasis on matching the teaching style of the teacher to the learning styles of the student. An emphasis on both corrective and functional techniques will be included, as well as the development of appropriate materials. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for the course. Prerequisites: SN311 and Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program. 
  • SN330 Curriculum and Methods Elementary Special Needs II (3 cr.) This course will focus on various methodologies in teaching all types of special needs students in the natural sciences (including mathematics, science and health) in the elementary setting. Emphasis will include remediation techniques that can be varied to meet differing teaming styles using a variety of teaching styles. Techniques of evaluation, teaching and instructional materials with diverse populations will be included. There are 25 prepracticum hours to complete for the course. Prerequisites: SN311 and Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.  
  • SN335 Curriculum and Methods Secondary Special Needs II (3 cr.) This course will focus on various methodologies in teaching all types of special needs students in the natural sciences (including mathematics, science and health) in the secondary setting. Emphasis will include techniques that can be varied to meet differing learning styles and application of knowledge to real life situations in becoming a positive functioning member of society. Techniques of evaluation, teaching and instructional materials with diverse populations will be included. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete the course. Prerequisites: SN311 and Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.
  • SN499e Practicum Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre K–8) (12 cr.) The student will spend at least 12 weeks (300 clock hours) in an inclusive general education setting or 75 hours in an inclusive general education setting and 225 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities. Local school districts cooperate by providing experiences in resource rooms and other special facilities. The student is expected to demonstrate competence as a teacher of students identified as having moderate disabilities. Supervision will be provided by the supervising practitioner, the college supervisor, and school district administrators. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, SN311, ED243, ED320, SN325, SN335, RE441, SN420, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, and approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.  
  • SN499s Practicum Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5–12) (12 cr.) The student will spend at least 12 weeks (300 clock hours) in an inclusive general education setting or 150 hours in an inclusive general education setting and 150 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities. Local school districts cooperate by providing experiences in resource rooms and other special facilities. The student is expected to demonstrate competence as a teacher of students identified as having moderate special needs. Supervision will be provided by the supervising practitioner, the college supervisor, and school district administrators. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, SN311, ED243, ED320, SN325, SN330 or SN335, RE441, SN420, a cumulative GPA of 2.75, approval of Teacher Education Faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.  
  • ED495 Independent Research in Education (cr. var) Individual research under the guidance of faculty on special interests, concerns, problems, remediations, or questions. Assigned and suggested readings will be required; eld experience(s) may be required; frequent conferences will be conducted. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  
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Degree

B.A.

Area of Study

Education

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I chose Eastern Nazarene College because of its amazing community. From the moment I stepped on the campus during Festival of Life in 2016, I knew I was going to be an ENC lion. My dad was a student here, as well as my grandfather, and my sister and I wanted to continue the legacy. I chose Elementary Education as a major because I have a passion for teaching. I want to help students discover their purpose in life the way my professors have supported and encouraged me. ”

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