Elementary Education Track (LAEL)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Science

This program satisfies the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Elementary Education Transfer Compact for transfer to a state college or university bachelor degree program. Elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children, introducing them to numbers, language, science, and social studies. They facilitate student learning through interactive class discussions, educational activities, “hands-on” learning, and one-on-one assistance. The need for qualified teachers continues to grow because of retirements, increasing student numbers, and demands for smaller class sizes.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
HIS105 or


Introduction to World Civilization I or

Introduction to World Civilization II


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement


ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO109 Biology I


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II


EDU101 Introduction to Education


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
EAS115 or

EAS125 or



Biogeology: History of Life or

Physical Geology of the Dynamic

Earth or

Introduction to Physical Science


    EAS Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

PHY Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

SPC113 Speech


MAT140 Elements of Mathematics I


    MAT096 or placement
ENG235 Children’s Literature


    ENG102 or permission of division dean
HIS201 or HIS202 History of United States I or

History of United States II


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement


PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness



    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

PSY108 or


Child Development or

Human Growth and Development




  World Language or a designated culturally diverse course


    Electives: Any ASL, FRE, SPA course; ANT111, ENG236, ENG237, ENG265, GEO129, HIS105, HIS106, HUM240, HUM260, HST150, SOC125
ISC210 Critical Thinking


    Prerequisites: ENG102, completion of 45 credits, or permission of division dean

Note: Capstone Course

MAT141 Elements of Math II or higher


    Prerequisite: MAT140

Note: Select courses to fulfill requirements for the intended academic major at the four-year college to which you plan to transfer

ART109 or ART110 or


Art History I or

Art History II or

Music Skills and Theory I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

No prerequisites

  World Language or a designated culturally diverse course


    Note: See above World Language or designated culturally diverse courses
  General Elective


    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
                                                       Total: 61/62 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: Students should consult with a transfer advisor early to ensure that they choose a combination of liberal arts and education courses that transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice.

Transfer options: This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). Completion of this program will meet the Massachusetts Elementary Education Transfer Compact (some restrictions apply; check with your advisor or transfer services). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Most four-year colleges and universities (including all Mass public institutions) require satisfactory completion of the Communication and Literacy section of the MA Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to entrance to junior-level courses. The exam is NOT a prerequisite to enter MWCC’s program. Students may be able to transfer into bachelor degree education programs, but may not be able to take upper-level education courses until they pass the exam. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: After earning a bachelor’s degree and meeting Mass Department of Education teacher requirements, graduates can pursue careers as teachers in grades one through six.

Earning potential: $43,580 to $48,690.

Program Competencies for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines—math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences—and gather, assess, and interpret information to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Capstone Course for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

ISC210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing English Composition II and 45 credits.