UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS IN EDUCATION
Early Childhood Education
Tracks in Early Childhood Teacher (DESE licensure credentialing track for those seeking licensure to teach in PreK-2 in public school settings), Early Education and Care (DEEC licensure credentialing track for those seeking certification to teach in private and early childhood settings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers), or Early Intervention (a credentialing pathway endorsed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health to support children and families from birth to age three)
(Elementary Education Grades 1-6 in public school settings)
(Teacher of Students with Moderate disabilities (PreK – Grade 8) in public school settings)
(Community Educator in programs supporting the health and well-being of children and families)
5th Year Masters of Education
(Accelerated dual degree program for undergraduate students)
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION CONCENTRATIONS / MINORS
Early Intervention (Concentration or Minor)
(Supporting at risk or developmentally delayed infants and toddlers)
Sports / Youth Recreation Programming (Concentration or Minor)
(Community based recreation programs and youth development programs)
Youth Advocacy (Concentration or Minor)
(Community agencies and programs supporting positive youth development)
Education (General) Minor
(Exploratory minor consisting of select education courses)
Math Education Minor
(Mathematics instruction in a variety of educational settings)
STEM Education Minor
(Focused minor in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics geared aligned with standards for students in preschool – Grade 6 in public school and community education settings)
Science Education Minor
(Focused minor in Science aligned with standards for students in grades 5-8 in public school and community education settings)
Curry’s Undergraduate Education majors prepare students to work with children and their families in public schools and other community based educational settings. Foundational understanding of children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development within a variety of cultural settings is enhanced through coursework and enriched through a variety of supervised field work experiences. Education students are provided many opportunities from which they may gain an appreciation of the complexity of educational organizations and develop the skills and knowledge required to become effective members and leaders in these learning environments.
Graduates of the public school majors meet DEEC credentials or DESE initial licensure in their respective area for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the following areas:
Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) – Infant, Toddler, Preschool
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – Early Childhood (Pre-K- Grade 2)
Elementary (Grades 1-6), Special Education (Pre-K-Grade 8)
The Education majors are subject to revision based on any new policies or regulatory mandates as set forth by governing/accrediting state agencies and/or Curry College’s Department of Education.
The Undergraduate Education program is committed to the development of professional dispositions for educators. For full details, look to The Education Major page on the Curry College website.
APPLYING TO AN EDUCATION MAJOR
Admission to Curry College does not automatically include admission to an education major. Undergraduate students interested in an education major apply to their prospective major in the fall semester of their sophomore year (December 1). The online application is available via the student portal.
Requirements for admission are as follows:
Overall cumulative grade point exceeding 2.5. Students must maintain the 2.5 GPA requirement throughout their course of study.
Minimum grade of C in all required education courses, including field experiences, and courses identified as related requirements.
Where applicable, a passing score on both subtests of the Massachusetts Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST)
Two recommendations from outside the Education Department
Students transferring from another institution will be advised into appropriate courses during the advising process.
At this time, the Education Department accepts three education courses for transfer from other institutions: Child Development, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Special Education.
Additional courses for transfer may be considered. In all cases, students must submit both transcripts and course descriptions for review. If a course is aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of a Curry Education course, it will be approved for credit toward completion of an Education major.
APPLYING FOR A MINOR IN EDUCATION
Students interested in pursuing a minor in Education (General Education, Math Education, STEM Education, Science Education and Early Intervention) should seek guidance from a faculty member and then select the appropriate minor from the options on the Portal. See below for minors and concentrations.
CONCENTRATIONS AND MINORS IN EDUCATION
Education majors who wish to specialize in an area of interest can do so by completing the requirements of their respective majors and any additional coursework within a concentration. Students in majors other than Education complete the courses within the concentration and then will apply for an Education minor in the specialized area.