Hannah Trueman, TEP '19, writes on the whiteboard in her classroom at Sullivan Middle School in Worcester.

To complete the licensure program, Teacher Education Program students must complete a comprehensive program of study in education coursework. The program of study includes eight courses, including a semester of full-time student teaching. 

Please schedule a meeting with the Mary Beth Cashman, during Academic Advising periods to discuss interest and plans for enrollment in the TEP.

  • Two Foundations courses (required for all students)
    • Educ 167 - Educational Psychology
    • Educ 169 - Our Public Schools
  • One Urban Education course
    • Educ 273 - Understanding Urban Schools
    • Educ 340 - Multicultural Education
  • One Adolescent Literacy course (Human Development courses can substitute on a case by case basis based on students common requirements needs.)
    • Educ 231 - Adolescent Literacy
    • Educ 299 – Diverse Learners
    • Psyc 214 - Life Span Development
    • Psyc 225 – Developmental Psychology
    • Psyc 228 – Psychology of Adolescence
    • Psyc 232 / Educ 299 – Developmental Science and Education
    • Pscy 236 - Cognition & Memory
  • One Methods of Teaching course
    • Educ 301 - Methods of Teaching
    • Comparable course through the consortium
  • One Pre-Practicum course (zero-credit course, always taken as an overload)
    • Educ 310 - Pre-Practicum
  • One SEI Endorsement course (often taken during the practicum semester)
    • Educ 315 - English Language Learners
  • Practicum semester (full-time student teaching)
    • Educ 320 - Practicum
    • Educ 330 - Seminar in Teaching

In addition to completing the education coursework, TEP students must also complete a range of courses to meet the state Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) Requirements for Teachers. Many of the SMK requirements correspond to the Holy Cross major requirements, but additional courses may need to be taken. Advanced planning and regular advising with the TEP liaison in your major are important.

Course (Common Area Requirement)

When Offered
*With the exception of faculty semester/year sabbaticals

When (Usually) Taken Notes

Foundational Courses (Both Required)



Students must have completed or be enrolled in both EDUC 167 & EDUC 169 in order to be eligible to apply to the TEP

Educational Psychology
EDUC 167 (Social Science)

1 section every semester

Freshman (F/S)
Sophomore (F/S)
Junior (F) - this makes it tight

CBL Requirement (1 hour of tutoring per week at an elementary school in Worcester).

Our Public Schools
EDUC 169

1 section every semester

Freshman (F/S)
Sophomore (F/S)
Junior (F) - this makes it tight

CBL Requirement (varies)

Urban Education (Select 1)



This requirement is a bit of a wild card and can be taken whenever a student can fit it in based on availability and other commitments (i.e. study abroad or athletics).

Urban Education 1 section every Fall semester

Sophomore (F)
Junior (F)
Senior (F)


Multicultural Education
(Cross-Cultural or Social Science)

1 section every Spring semester

Junior (S)

This course is only open to juniors and seniors, so unless a student is doing ninth semester, their only option is in the Spring semester of their junior year.
Adolescent Literacy OR Cognition & Memory (Select 1)     Ad Lit is taught in the Education Department once per year and is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Cognition & Memory is taught in the Psychology Department and counts for a Natural Science requirement. This course usually requires a permission number and is allowed at the discretion of the Director of the TEP. It's generally reserved for students whose schedules are tight.

Ad Lit - 1 section each year

Cognition & Memory - 1-2 sections each semester

Freshman (S) - Cognition & Memory
Sophomore (F/S)
Junior (F/S)
Senior (F)


Methods of Teaching
EDUC 301

1 section every Fall semester (when there is a demand)

STEM (Math & Science)
and/or Humanities (History, English, Foreign Language)

Sophomore (F) - special permission needed
Junior (F)
Senior (F)

Sophomores are only allowed to enroll if circumstances (i.e. study abroad or athletics) make it necessary.

Requires 30 hours of observation in a middle or high school classroom.

English Language Learners
EDUC 315

1 section every Spring semester

Sophomore (S)
Junior (S)
Senior (S) - overload during Practicum semester

Requires 10-20 hours of observation in an ELL classroom.

Seniors can enroll in EDUC 315 and can opt to take it Pass/Fail since it is an overload with their Practicum semester.

Pre Practicum
EDUC 310

1 section every Fall semester Senior (F)

Pre-Practicum is taken as a 5th class overload and is graded Pass/Fail.

This course requires 30-40 hours of observation in a middle/high school - hopefully with the Supervising Practitioner with which the student will be working during their Spring Practicum. Extenuating circumstances (i.e. athletics) could result in an Independent Study or a Spring offering of this course.

EDUC 320

1 section every Spring

Senior (S)
Ninth Semester

Student Teaching Semester: Students spend 15 weeks M-F from 7:15-2 in the schools where they have been placed Extenuating circumstances (i.e. athletics) could result in a Ninth Semester or Spring Independent Study offering of this course.

Seminar in Teaching
EDUC 330

1 section every Spring

Senior (S)
Ninth Semester

This is the companion course to the students’ Practicum experience and is taken during the time in which they are student teaching.

Extenuating circumstances (i.e. athletics) could result in a Ninth Semester or Spring Independent Study offering of this course.