“After many years of working in one industry, it is very frightening in some ways to change careers. The supportive staff at Curry College truly made the transition easier for me. I would strongly recommend Curry College to any career-changer.”
John McCarthy '09
Major: Master of Education
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Support for In-Service Teachers
The Curry College Education Department provides in-service teachers with a diverse array of resources to support their professional development needs. These resources include workshops to enhance knowledge and skills, opportunities to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs), certificates in specialty areas, and numerous links to relevant research and online resources.
Workshops & Short Courses
Curry College offers many short courses and workshops that review fundamentals and introduce new skills and strategies to teachers. Workshops include math and reading reviews for MTEL preparation, courses on writing IEPs, and even a class on creating a positive classroom community.
Professional Development Points
All Massachusetts teachers are required to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) to maintain their licenses. Although some districts offer professional development opportunities for their teachers, many teachers find that college coursework best meets their professional development needs and are readily used to satisfy the PDP requirement. Many of our M.Ed. courses are geared to the needs of experienced teachers, and each 3-credit graduate course earns 67.5 PDPs. Contact an advisor for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 333-2243.
Post-Master's Certificate leading to Reading Specialist License
Curry College now offers a 20-credit certificate program leading to a Reading Specialist License that can be completed in just one year. This certificate is designed for teachers who already have a master's degree in an appropriate discipline, have a license to teach, and who have at least a year of experience as the teacher of record under that license. The program is offered in a cohort format providing you with the benefits of peer support and a network of professionals. Classes will meet one night each week and for the first semester only, classes will also meet one Saturday a month. Improve your skills, open new career opportunities, and earn your Reading Specialist license by the end of the year.
Curry College's Levin Library maintains a diverse collection of materials to support the work of classroom teachers. Many of these resources can be accessed online and are available to all. Other materials can be obtained directly from the library. Currently enrolled students and Curry alumni have borrowing privileges and in-service teachers may obtain materials through inter-library loan.
Below are LibGuides resources which are collections of educational materials on specific topics of interest to educators:
- Educational and Psychological Test Collection
The test collection provides descriptions and reviews of tests
- ERC Main Page
This guide highlights helpful resources for education majors and new teachers.
- Preschool Curriculum
This guide identifies resources for professionals working with children from ages two to five.
- School, Family and Community
This guide is helpful to teachers interested in identifying articles to develop a teacher resource file related to addressing family and school issues with parents.
- Teaching of Reading
This guide provides a variety of resources to help pre-service and seasoned teachers with reading instruction.
Jeannine Hatch, M.Ed. '06 shares her experience going back to school to change her career from Accountant to Elementary School teacher.