Undergraduate Programs offered the UMass Amherst College of Education

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 counselor and school psychologist 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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Special Education Major
In Massachusetts, there is a significant shortage of teachers for Moderate Disabilities. The special education concentration strives to prepare individuals to fulfill this educational need through an innovative evidence-based teacher training program with an accompanying Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) approved license for Pre-K-8 or 5-12. In this major, you will learn to be a catalyst for change, helping to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.

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

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

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

Common Forms for Undergraduates