COMMUNITY EDUCATION MAJOR
This major is based on the premise that strong communities are built and sustained when organizations align strategies to support the needs of children, youth, and families. Community organizations need leaders who are passionate about being a part of finding solutions to community problems through education, advocacy, and action.
Leadership in child, youth, and family-based community agencies and organizations requires knowledge grounded in a deep understanding of child and youth development, family systems, and a skill set for working with others to address community needs.
A. Choose a focus area:
Work in agencies and organizations that provide direct service and support to children, families, and youth including: Local & national agencies and organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Museums, The Arc, and Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
Mentorship of youth in community-based programs or residential settings, after school and youth development programs, community recreation programs, programs supporting at-risk youth, independence and life skills programs, group homes, and transition into the workplace and job training programs.
Advocacy and Action
Work in agencies and organizations which provide education, support, and/or advocacy for children, youth and families in community-based settings including:
Local & national advocacy – focused agencies and organizations:
(Children’s Trust, Coalition for the Homeless, Easter Seals, Massachusetts Strategies for Children)
Advocacy and Education Organizations
(Norfolk County Sheriff’s Child Advocacy Office, Norfolk Advocates for Children, Make a Wish Foundation, Brockton Area Multi-Service Agency, Massachusetts Strategies for Children, MA Department of Youth Services, Mass Advocates for Children, Special Olympics, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Greater Boston PFLAG, Youth on Fire)
B. Choose a minor, concentration, or dual major.
Pair your education major with a minor, concentration, or pursue a dual major to deepen knowledge and skills which support career goals. Minors and concentrations can be chosen from within the Education department offerings or from another discipline or major at the college.
Suggested concentrations or minors:
Critical Inequality Studies
Sports & Recreation Mngt
Sports/Youth Rec Programming
STEM Education (gr 1 – 6)
Law & Society
Public Health and Wellness
CORE REQUIREMENTS for major
PSY 1400 Child Development
ED 1500 Foundations of Community Education
ED 2161 Educational Psychology
ED 2411 or
ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator
ED 2420 School, Family & Community
ED 2530 Education, Advocacy and Action
SPE 2600 Introduction to Special Education
ED 3530 Community Education: Context, Issues and Influences
ED 3985 Integrating Senior Seminar
Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:
ED 2345 Field Observation/Participation 3
ED 4568 Practicum: Community Based Program
ED 4568SM Practicum Seminar
Students must minor in a related area that supports their career goals and aspirations.