Teaching 4+1 Program - Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program

Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program

The 4+1 program allows eligible non-education majors to begin graduate study during their senior year and earn a Master of Arts in Teaching with initial license to teach within one year of obtaining the baccalaureate degree. During the senior year of baccalaureate study students take one 3-credit course in fall term 1 and a second 3-credit course during spring term 1.

Program Highlights 

In courses, students examine the particular issues of schools through classwork and field study. Through a series of supervised field experiences, students acquire the knowledge and skills to transform the classroom into an inclusive learning community, which builds on and celebrates the differences that learners bring into the classroom and nurture learners' positive socio-emotional development.

Students learn contemporary models for curriculum planning and acquire knowledge of practices to make formal and informal assessments of student learning. Program completion requires students to present a standards-based licensure portfolio and complete a documentation project following a particular aspect of student learning and development.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

The 4+ 1 program of study in elementary and secondary education is designed to develop students' abilities in the six performance areas required for initial licensure in elementary and secondary teaching in the state of Massachusetts. Upon completion of the elementary or secondary education programs at Emmanuel, students will be able to: 

  • Create safe and well-managed learning environments which promote equity and collaboration among heterogeneous learners and nurture development across the cognitive, emotional and social domains. 
  • Plan learning experiences promote deep understanding of disciplinary ideas by engaging learners in active exploration of real-world problems, projects, materials and challenges. 
  • Utilize a broad range of instructional practices to ensure that all learners regardless of differences in readiness, background, learning style, culture, or language competency have opportunities to learn through access to a rich curriculum. 
  • Build positive relationships with families and engage in regular, two-way, culturally proficient communication about students and their learning. 
  • Develop curricula which deepens learners' appreciation for American civic culture, its underlying ideals, founding principles and political institutions.

Areas of Licensure

Emmanuel College has approved programs in a number of fields:

    • Elementary education 1-6 
    • English 5-8; 8-12
    • Spanish 5-12
    • History 5-8; 8-12
    • Biology 5-8; 8-12 
    • Mathematics 5-8; 8-12
    • Visual Art PreK-8; 5-12

Candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree in the field of licensure, except for elementary education. Students in psychology or sociology typically enter the elementary licensure track. The program provides an avenue for candidates to receive an additional license as Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

Core Courses

  • Complexities of Urban Education
  • Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Development
  • Sheltered English Instruction: Teaching English Language Learners
  • Documenting and Assessing Student Learning
  • The Classroom as Community
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities for General Education Prof.
  • Practicum and Seminar I
  • Practicum and Seminar II

Elementary Licensure Track

  • Explorations in Mathematics, Grades 1-6
  • Explorations in Science and Engineering, Grades 1-6
  • Literacy I: Reading
  • Literacy II: Writing

Secondary Licensure Track

  • Reaching and Teaching All Students
  • Teaching and Learning in the Discipline
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Schools and Adolescent Development and Identity Formation