Can I still register for the Block or other education courses even if I haven't passed the Literacy / Communications AND EITHER Foundations of Reading sections of the Teacher Test OR The General Curriculum MTEL (both multi-subject and math subtests)?
You may access this information on Info Bear. Your advisor is your human contact within the institution. He/she will help you get the accurate information you need to complete your educational program. You will be assigned an advisor for each of your two majors (after you have declared your majors).
You should contact your advisor if you have any specific questions or concerns. You may call or e-mail your advisor to set up an appointment if you have any questions.
To prepare to register for courses for the upcoming semester, you will need to see a faculty member to have them “sign off” on your course selections. See “Drop-in Advising” question below.
Prior to registration for the following semester, you will need to select courses. We provide “Drop-In” advising sessions to help guide you. You are REQUIRED to attend drop-in advising to get released for web registration. Faculty members will be there to answer your questions and look over your course selections. We will sign off for your registration process so you can get released for web registration. Dates, times, and locations are usually posted throughout Hart Hall, as well as on the BSU web page.
To prepare for this, go on-line to InfoBear and print a copy of your “degree audit”. You have a choice of two audits (your other major or your elementary/ early childhood ed). Be sure you bring the education audit with you. Also, bring any other things that you believe would be relevant to our discussion. You should bring your tentative course choices or at least a list of courses and times you are considering.
NOTE: Drop in advising is NOT for Freshmen. Freshmen will need to be advised by the Academic Achievement Center staff.
The printout provides you with information that the college believes to be correct about your credits earned, grade point average (GPA), courses you have taken, and courses you still need to complete. You should look it over to make sure that the information is accurate. If you see something you think is incorrect, let your advisor know as soon as possible! DON’T WAIT! It is easier for us to fix something if we are not under a time constraint. Also, you should regularly check to make sure you would have completed a minimum of 120.5 credits needed for graduation by the completion of your program.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education determined that all education majors should also have a liberal arts or science major. Please note: Post-Bacc students do not have 2 majors. Note: The 2nd major requirement does not apply to Early Education and Care Program.
Chemistry – Geology
Communication Arts and Sciences
Psychology – is possible but NOT recommended!
Majors NOT acceptable as 2nd majors: Accounting and Finance; Aviation Science; Communication Disorders; Criminal Justice; Health Studies, Management Science; Physical Education; Social Work
Undergraduate students do need to meet with your advisor for your 2nd major. You need their signature in addition to your education advisor before registering for courses for the following semester. If you want the Elementary and Early Childhood Faculty to release you for web registration, be sure you have previously met with your advisor of your other major and make sure they sign your course selection sheet. If you meet with us first, we will sign your registration form but your advisor for your 2nd major will then need to release you for web registration.
If you have not declared a second major, you will need to meet with staff at the Academic Achievement Center staff (bottom floor of Maxwell Library). They will act as your 2nd advisor until you declare a 2nd major.
In general, you would take courses that satisfy the CORE requirements along with the courses of your 2nd major. It is desirable to do some of both CORE and your other major for each semester. Be crafty with CORE course selections as many of them can satisfy multiple CORE requirements. There are only a few education courses a candidate can take prior to being admitted to professional ed (admission to professional ed is covered within the course ELED220 or ECED230). One is the introductory courses ELED220 or ECED230. You may take this one course whenever you wish (except not during your freshman year) but prior to taking any 300 level education courses. This course is designed to provide you with a foundation of information about education as well as to help you make an informed career choice. Another course is Foundations of Reading ELED250 ( an elective and not program requirement). This course is designed to help you get the information necessary to pass the Foundations of Reading portion of the (MTEL) teacher test. General Curriculum ELED240 ( an elective and not program requirement). This course is designed to help you get the information necessary to pass the General Curriculum multi-subject portion of the (MTEL) teacher test. Your 300 level education courses will come at the end of your program along with student teaching.
Note: There are some 200 level ELED courses offered as electives and vary from semester to semester.
You will need to apply to professional education. You will learn specifics on this process during your introductory course (ELED220 or ECED230). In general, you will need to have at least a 2.8 GPA earned at BSU. You will need to have completed the course requirements of the introductory course, including the 40-hour pre-practica field experience. You will have to provide evidence of passing the literacy / communications to be admitted into professional education. Note: You will need to pass the Elementary General Curriculum – mutli-subject and math subtest sections (or Early Childhood content) courses AND the Foundations of Reading MTEL before you can register for the block of professional courses. There are other requirements included in the professional education application packet (you will get this packet in your Introductory course).
What is the “Block”? (Note: Does not apply to Early Education and Care)
This is the cluster of professional education courses (300 level) you will take as your second to last semester at BSU (your last semester is student teaching). You are not allowed to take any other courses during this semester other than the block courses so be sure you have completed all of your other major and CORE curriculum course requirements before trying to register for the block. It includes “How to teach” courses. You will be committed to being on campus or in assigned pre-practicum experiences five days a week from 8 am to 4:00 pm. During this time, you will attend classes. In between course sessions, your professors will schedule pre-practica experiences working with age-appropriate students in the content areas covered in your courses. Pre-practica experiences include working at professional development schools, other public school settings as well as a school in an urban setting.
Yes…but…you must meet with an education faculty member first. This is done at drop-in advising (see FAQ above) In addition to checking on your course selections, the education faculty member can alert you to any changes in the teacher preparation program or changes made by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. At the end of your meeting, the education faculty member will sign your registration form and/or electronically enable you to register online. You will have to meet with BOTH your advisors (education and your other major – If you do not have a second major declared, you must go to Academic Achievement Center for advising in Maxwell – they will act as your second advisor). Note: Post Bacc students do NOT need to meet with an advisor prior to registration. You will have satisfied the requirement of meeting with your advisor during GRPP501. You may go on-line and register.
Do I need to pass the Teacher Test? (Note: Does not apply to Early Education and Care)
Yes! For elementary education majors, you will need to pass the Literacy and Communication; General Curriculum – mutli-subject and math subtests; AND the Foundations of Reading MTEL before you can register for the block of professional courses. For early childhood education majors, you will need to pass the Literacy and Communication; Early Childhood Content; AND the Foundations of Reading MTEL before you can register for the block of professional courses.
Plan your timing carefully! The test is now administered on a computer-based platform. They offer the MTELs on weekdays by appointment. Results of the test are not typically available until 5 weeks after taking the test. You will need the results early enough to meet BSU registration deadlines. Also, if you find that you need to re-take any MTEL, there is a rule where you can’t re-take it until 60 days have passed (you can register for it before the 60 days but the actual test date must be at least 60 days since you last took it).
Info is available on-line at the Mass Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education www.doe.mass.edu . They also offer practice tests on line at that site. Additional help may be available by contacting the MTEL Prep Coordinator at MTEL@bridgew.edu
1.You may obtain FREE help at The Reading Center and the Writing Center, which are both parts of the Academic Achievement Center that is located in the Maxwell Library. You may also receive advice on test taking strategies.
2.Check out the “Professional Links” section of Dr. Greenberg’s web page.
3.The university has offered (on a tuition basis) workshops and/or courses to help prepare you for the test. You can inquire via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. For the Foundations of Reading teacher test, you can register for ELED250 Foundations of Reading. This elective course is designed to provide you with the information you need to pass this section of the teacher test (MTEL).
5. For the General Curriculum – multi-subject sub-test, you can register for ELED240 General Curriculum: The Content of the Curriculum (PK-6). This elective is designed to help you pass the Multi-subject section of the General Curriculum MTEL. These electives will not help with you satisfying program requirements but may assist you in passing the MTELs.
6. Use the practice teacher tests on line at
You should apply for admission into the Professional Education program as soon as you complete ELED 220 or ECED 230 and passed the Literacy and Communications MTEL. Note, see requirements for registering for the block of professional courses above.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you took this course at another college and completed a formal waiver form, you should apply to Professional Ed.
(Does not apply to Early Education and Care)
You must complete an application. This application is available at https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/ELCE/SitePages/Home.aspx. Once you get to this link, click on the professional ed application on the left side. Then click on download the 6 forms part way down the page. To be accepted, you must have passed the Literacy and Communication MTEL, completed the 40 hours pre-practica experience; and have a GPA of 2.8 or greater, and earned a C+ or better in ENGL 101 and 102. There are other requirements so check out the application packet for specific details. Typically, the process for admission to professional education is covered in the intro courses (ELED220 or ECED230).
Can I still register for the Block or other education courses even if I haven't passed all three Teacher Tests? (Does not apply to Early Education and Care)
In order to be admitted to Professional Education and take any certification course (300-400 level), you must pass all required MTELs, the Literacy and Communication AND Foundations of Reading, AND Elementary General Curriculum –multi-subject and math subtests (or Early Childhood content MTEL) sections of the Teacher Test. (If you have completed all CORE curriculum and 2nd major requirements but you have not yet passed all required MTELs, you should meet with your advisor as soon as possible).
I am planning on taking my education courses at night. How do I do my prepracticum (field work)?
Undergraduate and Post-Bacc courses are offered only during the day hours.
When you sign up to student teach, you will be asked to indicate the town in which you live or expect to live during your student-teaching semester. We use this information and information about where you did your prepracticum fieldwork to place you in one of our member school districts (not all school districts are members). Most of the time this district will be within 30 - 45 minutes of your residence. Please note, you must have completed all of your other major courses, all CORE Curriclum courses and all education course-works prior to student teaching. Student Teaching takes place during your final semester at BSU.