Undergraduate Programs

The College of Education offers several pathways for undergraduate students, including the Early Education (B.A.) major, the Education Minor, the Education Exploratory Track and the University to Schools program.

Education Major 
The Early Childhood Education (B.A.) major for undergraduates, which leads to grades PreK-2 Initial Teaching License in Massachusetts, is the only major that the College of Education currently offers to undergraduates. Students in this major engage in a rigorous academic program and a carefully sequenced series of field experiences in multiple settings serving children with diverse needs.
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Education Exploratory Track 
The Education Exploratory Track is for students interested in education as a career path in a variety of settings (e.g., formal, informal or international). Students who are thinking of pursuing a career in teaching at the Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Elementary, Special Education or Secondary Education levels (i.e., Mathematics, Science, English and History), or an advanced school professional career such as Reading Specialist, School Counseling and School Psychology will benefit as well from the Exploratory Track in Education.
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Minor in Education
While completion of the minor does not lead to a license or certificate, students who pursue the minor will gain a strong knowledge base in the area of education and be well-prepared to enter a licensure program, graduate program, or career in the field of education.
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University to Schools for Undergraduates (Secondary Teacher Education) 
As students work toward their undergraduate degrees, they can also work toward their initial license through the University to Schools for Undergraduates pathway. Candidates pursuing this option have the opportunity to earn their license, along with their Bachelor’s degree, in four years.
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Undergraduate Advising

Chanti Chanthavong
Academic Advisor for Exploratory Track Students
UMass Amherst College of Education
chanti@educ.umass.edu | (413) 545-6107

Kim Drake
Chief Undergraduate Advisor 
& Educator Licensure Officer
UMass Amherst College of Education
kdrake@educ.umass.edu | 413-545-2701

Common Forms for Undergraduates