Dec 05, 2023  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood/Elementary Education

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Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education Chair, Priscilla Nelson; Middle School, Secondary and ESL Chair, Janis Flint-Ferguson; Licensure Officer, Janet Arndt;  Full-time Faculty: Ellen Ballock, Melinda Eichhorn, Todd Morano; Part-time Faculty: Julia D’Onofrio, Mariann Illingworth, Kathleen Mort, Suzette Persenaire, Andrea Serino, Geraldine White.

MISSION: The Department of Education strives to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable in their content areas, well informed about research-based curriculum and instructional practices, and grounded in the foundation of their Christian faith. Teachers are equipped to effectively meet the needs of diverse student populations in public and private schools in the United States and abroad.

In agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Title II guidelines, Gordon College Education Department reports the following results of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)✣:

  Communication and Literacy Test 100% passing rate
  Foundations of Reading 100% passing rate
  Academic Content Areas:  
    Elementary (General Curriculum) 100% passing rate
    Early Childhood Unavailable *
    Moderate Disabilities Unavailable *
    English as a Second Language Unavailable *
    Academic Content Areas Aggregate 98% passing rate

Requirements for a Liberal Arts Second Major 

All education majors must complete an appropriate second liberal arts major in keeping with the licensure requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Acceptable second majors are listed under each education major’s requirements.

New Licensure Requirements for English as a Second Language

Teacher licensure starting this year will require teachers to hold an ESL license or to have taken an ESL endorsement course. To comply with the new regulations, Gordon College offers a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) which may be completed alongside the early childhood, elementary, middle school or secondary education majors. If scheduling does not allow a student to complete the courses required for an ESL license, there is an option of earning Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) endorsement.

* Colleges/universities submitting fewer than 10 tests from any field do not receive score results from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

✣ The College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary to remain in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure standards.



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