Education Exploratory Track

Exploratory Track 

 The Exploratory Track  is for all students who have been accepted for admission to the University as an undeclared major.  

 Students in the Exploratory Track benefit from working closely with their academic advisors to explore majors within their collegiate unit of interest and across campus.  

*Please note that the exploratory tracks are for freshman only- transfer students are required to choose a major at time of application.

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 Counselor or school psychologist will benefit  from the Exploratory Track in Education. Students will learn about careers in education, licensure requirements, and  secondary majors that align with their career interests.

Education Exploratory Track advising
Our Advisors will help you explore your options and refine your interests in the field of education.

Choosing a Major

The College of Education encourages students to explore any University offered major that attracts their interest. Students should select a major that is interesting and challenging, while ideally allowing them to pursue a variety of different careers. 

The Education Major

The College of Education offers an Early Childhood Education (B.A.) major for undergraduates. This major, which leads to grades PreK-2 Initial Teaching License in Massachusetts, is the only major that the College of Education currently offers to undergraduates. For further information regarding the Education Major, Click Here.

Career Paths in Education

Education Exploratory Track students who are interested in teaching at the Elementary level (grades PreK- 8) or Secondary level (grades 5-12 English, History, Science, Foreign Language, Music, Art) or pursuing an advanced school professional career in fields such as Special Education, School Counseling, and School Psychology, will work closely with their College of Education advisor to explore these paths and choose a major that will provide optimal opportunity for their post-graduate experience. Mathematics only offers licensure for grades 9-12.

Contact Information

 

Chanti Chanthavong
Academic Advisor for Exploratory Track Students
W151 Furcolo
UMass Amherst College of Education
chanti@educ.umass.edu| (413) 545-6107

Kim Drake
Chief Undergraduate Advisor 
& Educator Licensure Officer
W144 Furcolo
UMass Amherst College of Education
kdrake@educ.umass.edu | 413-545-2701