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Student pursuing a Community Education degree at Curry College teaches a young student

Students interested in working in community-related educational settings should pursue a Community Education degree. Students can explore programs that serve children, families, and the community at large such as, but not limited to, youth advocacy programs, historical museums, children's museums, art museums, theatre groups, recreational programs, parent groups, health related programs, family shelters, and other family support service organizations.

At Curry College, you’ll be able to work side-by-side with faculty, staff, and other students to collaborate, research, and plan for your future. From field experiences to the Senior Practicum Seminar and on-campus clubs and organizations, you’ll become actively involved in pursing what interests you. Developing close relationships with experienced faculty supports you in your development as an effective teacher.

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Camp/Recreational Director
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Early Childhood Educator Grades PreK-2
  • Early Intervention-Developmental Specialist
  • Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
  • Infant or Toddler Teacher
  • Middle School or Secondary Math Educator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Preschool Educator
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities - Grades PreK-8
  • Youth and Family Advocate

Our Alumni in the Field

Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Teacher Residency Program
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Gilson JCC Early Learning Center
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Harmony Natural Learning Center
  • Mystic Valley Charter School
  • Plymouth Public Schools
  • Quincy Public Schools
  • RCS Behavioral and Education Services
  • South Bay Early Intervention
  • St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center
  • Taunton Public Schools
  • The SPARK Center
  • And more!

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 myCurry 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 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

Transfer Students

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.

  • Students must minor in a related area that supports their career goals and aspirations.
  • Minors must be approved by the Community Education Coordinator
  • In order to register for the Senior Capstone, ED 3850, and students must have completed all required Education courses (with no outstanding incompletes in the major). Students who do not meet this requirement must obtain the permission of the Department.

Prerequisite Coursework:

PSY 1400 Child Development 3
ED 1150 Exploring the World of Education 3


Core Coursework:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3
ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator:
Elementary and Secondary
3
ED 2420 School, Family & Community 3
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED 3510 Community Leadership 3
ED 3850 Current Issues in Education (Senior Capstone) 3


Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 2344 Field Observation/Participation:
School-Age / Youth Setting
2
ED 2455 Programming for Positive Youth Development 3
ED 3510 Community Leadership 3
ED 4568 Practicum: Community Based Program 6
ED 4568SM Practicum Seminar 0

Students must minor in a related area that supports their career goals and aspirations.

  1. Plan thoughtful, appropriate learning experiences that meet group and individual needs aligned with workplace expectations and state / federal / agency frameworks or guidelines.
  2. Carry out well-developed plans and assess regularly and systematically both individual outcomes and the quality of instruction.
  3. Establish, manage, and maintain effective learning environments with attention to positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive climates.
  4. Promote equity through culturally responsive practices and to continually seek to deepen one's knowledge and understanding within a constantly changing society.  This includes, but is not limited to, the complexity and interaction of the following: achievement, individual gifts learning situations and content, family structures, race and cultural identity, gender, abilities/disabilities, varied learning styles across varied learning situations and content, socio-economic status, religion, language and linguistic differences.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and leadership toward a just society.
    1. understand his/her legal and moral responsibilities
    2. advocate for the health and well being of all
    3. demonstrate reflective practices as a means to grow and to question
    4. hold a disposition toward critical analysis and evaluation of ever-changing practices, (including technologies), processes, content,  and oral forms
    5. demonstrate the  ability to communicate one's ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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Education Honor Society

Pi Lambda Theta extends membership to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements and have demonstrated characteristics of scholarship, leadership and service.

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Education Club

The Education Club provides professional development opportunities to students showing interest in the field of education and seeks to involve children and families from neighboring areas in education-related activities.

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The Curry Early Childhood Center provides a warm and nurturing educational experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and offers students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences.

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STEM Teaching Workshop

Each fall semester, Education majors have the unique opportunity to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education workshop at the Boston Museum of Science.

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Study Abroad

Along with institutional partnerships, you can create your own Study Abroad opportunity, or go global with our own faculty members as part of our Short-term, Faculty-led Courses.

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First-Year Experience

Making the transition to college can be a little confusing and lot of fun. Your First-Year Experience at Curry College helps smooth out the bumps and puts you on the path to success.

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Honors Program

Building on the theme of "culture and identity," the Curry College Honors Program prepares students to be leaders in the profession and in the community.

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Gen Ed

At the heart of Curry College's undergraduate curriculum is our General Education (Gen Ed) Program. Gen Ed is based on our belief in the power and potential of the liberal arts.

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We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.