The 4+1 option is designed for UMass undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing elementary licensure at the graduate level at the end of their undergraduate work. This option allows potential students to apply to CTEP in their junior year and complete up to 9 credits of coursework toward their master's degree as an undergraduate.

We seek candidates who demonstrate initiative, highly effective interpersonal and communication skills, a passion for learning, and respect for diversity of children and families in public schools. Experience with children in educational environments is highly valued. Students must be able to balance intensive coursework with significant time in the field. The Elementary Education 4+1 program is designed for students who are interested in starting the Elementary Education graduate program at the beginning of their junior or senior undergraduate year.

Interested individuals may apply online through the Elementary Education 4+1 application during the Fall semester of their junior year. The deadline is January 15.