Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Elementary Education

In this program, you will learn how to promote student development,  teach for social justice, and reflect on practice to improve instruction. You will be prepared to work with students of a variety of backgrounds and to create classroom environments that engage all students. 

Curriculum

Our Elementary Education program features coursework in child development, learning theories, and instructional strategies. You’ll leave prepared to teach children in grades one through six, with and without mild disabilities.

You will learn how to:

  • Provide high-quality and coherent instruction
  • Design and administer authentic and meaningful student assessments and use them to improve instruction
  • Provide students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Continuously refine learning objectives
  • Utilize instructional practices that establish high expectations
  • Create a safe and effective classroom environment
  • Be ethical, culturally proficient, and collaborative
  • Collect and report data on pupil outcomes
  • Identify policies and practices that contribute to systemic inequities in education
  • Recognize a professional responsibility to promote and practice principles of social justice teaching


Requirements


  • Courses: 12
  • Credits: 37

Student Teaching

Professional experiences are composed of early field experiences, referred to as pre-practicum placements, and an immersive, semester-long full practicum experience.

Pre-practicum

Undergraduates complete three pre-practicum experiences, each in a different setting and consisting of one school day per week for 10 weeks. 

Full Practicum

Full-practicum experience is five days each week in the classroom for the entire semester. 

Support


You are guided by a qualified school-based mentor and a University-based mentor.

Licensure


Designed to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) requirements for endorsement from Boston College, leading to licensure.

Variety of Settings


Experience a range of urban and suburban public, private, parochial, and charter schools in Greater Boston.

Accreditation

We are an approved teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Careers

  • Classroom Teacher, Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
  • Associate Teacher, Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Kindergarten Intern, International School of Brussels
  • First Grade Teacher, Sacred Heart Parish School
  • Corps Member, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Development Assistant, Shining Hope for Communities
  • Third Grade Teacher, Park Ridge Public School District
  • First Grade Teacher, Prodeo Academy
  • Integrated Preschool Teacher, Hopewell Valley Regional School District
  • Fourth Grade Teacher, Framingham Public Schools

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.

The Lynch School has a long history of collaborative partnerships with Boston, Newton, and Brookline Public Schools, as well as with Catholic, private and charter schools in the greater Boston area. 

 

Student Teaching