The College of Education offers several pathways for undergraduate students: an Education Exploratory Track, an Education Minor, an Education major (B.A.) with a concentration in Community Education & Social Change, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education, and a teacher licensing path via the University to Schools program.
Education Major: Community Education and Social Change
Graduates with an education major concentrating in community education and social change will be prepared to apply education principles to inspire social change and lead community organizations to foster growth and development in diverse settings. Students in this concentration engage with a wide range of theories with respect to teaching and learning, social justice, and leadership. This concentration is primarily for students interested in non-formal education. Although students interested in becoming licensed teachers will find this program valuable, it does not directly lead to eligibility for a teaching license.
Education Major: Early Childhood Education Concentration
The Early Childhood Education concentration for undergraduates leads to eligibility for a grade PreK-2 Initial Teaching License in Massachusetts. Students in this concentration engage in a rigorous academic program and a carefully sequenced series of field experiences in multiple settings serving children with diverse needs.
Education Major: Special Education Concentration
The Special Education concentration for undergraduates, which leads to eligibility for a grade PreK-8 or 5-12 Initial Teaching Licensure for Moderate Disabilities in Massachusetts. Students in this concentration engage in innovative evidence-based practices to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.
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.
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.
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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