Elementary Education Track

 Program Competencies for LAEL

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 LAEL

ISC 210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing ENG 102 English Composition II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards1 for LAEL


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.



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.

Year 1
HIS 105 or 106History Of World Civilization I (or Introduction to World Civilization II) 3
ENG 101English Composition I 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
BIO 109Biology I 4
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
EDU 101Introduction To Education 3
EAS 115, 125, or PHY 101Biogeology: History Of Life (or Physical Geology of the Earth or Introduction to Physical Science) 4
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
MAT 140Elements Of Mathematics I 3
Year 2
ENG 235Children's Literature 3
HIS 201 or 202History of United States I (or History of United States II) 3
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 12-3
PSY 108 or 110Child Development (or Human Growth and Development) 3
World Language or a designated culturally diverse course (see list below)  3
ISC 210Critical Thinking 23
MAT 141Elements Of Mathematics II (or higher) 33
ART 109, 110, or MUS 103Art History I (or Art History II or Music Skills and Theory I) 3
World Language or a designated culturally diverse course (see list below)  3
General Elective 4 3
 Total Credits: 61-62

PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer


Capstone course


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


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.

World Language or designated culturally diverse course

ANT 111Cultural Anthropology3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3
GEO 129World And Cultural Geography3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3
HST 150Cultural Awareness3
SOC 125Gender Issues3

See the elementary education general information for program competencies and technical standards.


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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

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

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

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Earning potential

$43,580 to $48,690.