Do you imagine being a classroom teacher? Do you love a topic so much you can’t wait to share your knowledge and passion with others? No matter what field you go into, knowing how people learn, and how to convey information so that it can be understood will be a great asset.
The College of Education offers several pathways for undergraduate students, including the Education major (B.A.) with a concentration in Early Childhood Education or Special Education, the Education Minor, the Education Exploratory Track and the University to Schools program.
The Early Childhood Education concentration for undergraduates, which leads to grades PreK-2 Eligibility for Initial Teaching License in Massachusetts, is one of two majors the College of Education currently offers to undergraduates. 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.
The Special Education concentration for undergraduates, which leads to grades PreK-8 or 5-12 Eligibility for Initial Teaching Licensure for Moderate Disabilities in Massachusetts, is one of two majors the College of Education currently offers to undergraduates. Students in this concentration engage in innovative evidence-based practices to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.
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.
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.
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.
For questions about the pathways for undergraduate students, or if you would like to make an advising appointment, please contact the Educator Information Office at (413) 545-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.