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Curry College students pursuing an Out of School Time Education degree work with a young childStudents interested in working with and teaching school-aged children in community-based, out of school time settings can pursue an Out of School Time Education degree. Students can prepare for careers as leaders/teachers/administrators in programs such as community-based youth organizations, before and after school programs and other out-of-school educational settings.  The Out of School Time Education major emphasizes designing challenging and effective programs for children and youth-serving organizations.

Course Requirements and Information

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.

  • Meets MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) Core Competencies for Early Education and Out of School Time care and Group Leader qualifications
  • In order to register for the Senior Capstone, ED 3850, 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 Education Department.

Prerequisite Coursework:

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


Core Coursework:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3
ED 2410 Strategies for the Effective Educator:
Elementary and Secondary
3
ED 2420 School, Family & Community 3
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED 3850 Current Issues in Education (Senior Capstone) 3


Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 2455 Programming for Positive Youth Development 3
ED 2344 Field Observation and Participation:
School Age or Youth
2
ED 3198 Curriculum for After School Programs 3
ED 3454 Pre-Practicum: After School Setting 3
ED 4566 Practicum: After School Setting 6
ED 4566SM Practicum Seminar 0


Suggested Electives:

ED 2510 Guiding Behavior
ED 3510 Community Leadership
ED 2354 Creative Arts in Early Childhood
ED 2355 Children's Literature: Gateway to the World
ED 3200 Administration of Childcare Programs
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology

  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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