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6th Grade Math Teacher
Major: Elementary Education
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Do you enjoy working with children? Want to make a difference in the lives of America's youth? Then choose from one of the many education majors, minors and concentrations that Curry has to offer.
The Curry College Education Department is actively seeking highly motivated and academically-minded students who are prepared to engage fully in this rigorous, fulfilling career aspiration. There is a consistent need for highly trained teachers in public and private schools, as well as community educational settings from Pre-School through Grade 8 and in Special Education.
As an education major, you can take advantage of frequent and varied field experiences and thorough and consistent advising to guide you towards your career goals. You will also acquire the experience necessary to work with children and families in a variety of educational institutions and agencies.
With a degree in education, you'll be well prepared for an exciting variety of career opportunities. Curry graduates have gone on to do meaningful work at educational institutions such as:
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Children's Center (Preschool Coordinator)
- Boston, Quincy and Attleboro Public Schools (Various Positions)
- New Hampshire Department of Early Support & Services (Developmental Educator/Early Intervention)
- Westwood Children's Center (Program Director)
- For Kids Only After School Programs (Site Coordinator / Program Director)
...and many more.
Curry Early Childhood Center
Curry's graduates are highly sought after in the growing fields of infant/toddler education and care and by the providers of out-of-school-time programming. The Curry Early Childhood Center (CECC) is an on-campus facility that not only provides high-quality child care services for faculty, staff, students and community families but also serves as a terrific resource which provides real world practica sites for education majors. The Center offers students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences, working side by side with Curry teaching and administrative staff caring for infants, toddlers and pre-school children.
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 fall semester of their sophomore year (December 1). The online application is available via the myCurry 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
Students interested in working in community-related educational settings should pursue a major in Community Education. 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.
Early Childhood Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working in public school settings with children Pre-Kindergarten (integrated preschools, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2) can pursue a major in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education major prepares students to teach young children in all disciplinary areas.
Early Education and Care
Students interested in working with and teaching young children (Infant - 5 years old) can pursue a major in Early Education and Care. Students prepare for future careers in programs for young children such as infant, toddler, or preschool aged children in childcare settings and community preschool programs.
Elementary Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working in public school settings with children Grades 1 - 6 can pursue a major in Elementary Education. The Elementary Education major prepares students to teach children in general education classrooms in all subject areas.
Out of School Time Education
Students interested in working with and teaching school-aged children in community-based, out of school time settings can pursue a major in Out of School Time Education. 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.
Special Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working as a special educator in public school settings with children Pre-Kindergarten (integrated preschools) through Grade 8 can pursue a major in Special Education. The Special Education major prepares students to teach all subject areas to children in inclusive settings as well as substantially separate classrooms.
Students interested in pursuing a minor in Education must complete and submit an application describing the rationale for their minor along with the list of courses the student wishes to take (applications are available via the Education Department and the Advising Office). After approval from the Department, students will be notified and their status will be updated with the Registrar's Office.
Education majors who wish to specialize in an area of interest can do so by completing the requirements of their perspective 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.
(Exploratory minor in select education courses)
Early Intervention (Minor or Concentration)
(Supporting at risk or developmentally delayed infants and toddlers)
Sports/Youth Recreation Programming (Minor or Concentration)
(Community based recreation programs and youth development programs)
Youth Advocacy (Minor or Concentration)
(Community agencies and programs supporting positive youth development)
Math Education (Minor)
(Mathematics instruction in a variety of educational settings)
Dual-Degree Program (Bachelor's/Master's) for Future Teachers
Two degrees, two licenses, five years...
The Dual-Degree Program for Future Teachers is an "honor's level" program designed for committed and qualified students who want to become teachers. It features the opportunity to earn an Education bachelor's degree and a Master of Education degree in five years, plus two teaching licenses - one to teach at the elementary school level, and the second to teach children with moderate disabilities (grades preK - 8).
Students transferring from another institution will be guided 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, Children with Special Needs. 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 objectives of a Curry Education course, it will be approved for credit toward completion of an Education major.
Get Started Today!
Visit campus and explore Curry's education program in person. You also may request information to learn more about the major, minor or concentration of your choice. When you're ready to apply to Curry, we'll help you get started.
Contact the Education Department:
Faculty Building, Room 108
As Curry College students majoring special education, Samantha Bolivar '14 and Christine Martinelli '14 gained a wide variety of experiences through relevant classroom exercises and years of valuable field placements in Boston-area schools. But little did they realize that they would soon be putting those skills to good use on the other side of the world.
Kelly Nichols '12 (Elementary Education) was recognized by the Everett School Department as a Golden Apple Award winner for the 2015-2016 school year. Golden Apple Award winners are nominated by their peers and supervisors and "represent the best that the Everett Schools have to offer."
The Institute on Learning Differences, a successful venture between the Education department and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), gives students the opportunity to tap into the resources and knowledge of PAL faculty members and outside specialists to better understand the unique educational needs of students.
Each spring semester, the Curry College education department collaborates with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) to lead an early literacy playgroup for preschool-age children (2-4). Curry education majors, under the direction of Curry education professor Dr. Dotty Alexander, are invited to participate in the six-week program specifically designed to encourage language and literacy development through play.
"I loved the Education Program at Curry. I applied to five other schools. Coming here was definitely the best decision. At other colleges, you have one or two semesters of student teaching, and Curry gives you four to make sure that you really want to and are ready to teach." - Lauren Chuha '14, 3rd Grade Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools
Australia, China, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Peru, Spain, Taiwan and Tanzania - For most people, this would be a global destination wish list, or even a recap of a lifetime spent traveling. But for English/Writing Major and Education Minor Andrew Gass '18, it's only the beginning.
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. This workshop is part of Curry's science-focused 'Elementary Curriculum' course and is designed to enable students to broaden their planning and teaching repertoire for elementary students (grades 1- 6).
Growing up, Jordan Lancaster '13 always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She finally realized that dream after graduating from Curry with a degree in elementary education and integrated liberal studies, and is now teaching at the Laura E. Richards Elementary School in Maine.
Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.
The Curry Early Childhood Center is an integral part of the Curry College Community. The Center provides a warm and nurturing educational experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, and also offers Curry College students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences.
Congratulations to members of the Curry education and health faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!
Choose a master's program in elementary education-grades 1-6 or a program in special education-moderate disabilities, grades PreK-8 at Curry College, where you can explore how good teaching practice builds on the latest educational theory and research.