“I can't say enough about the Education program. I was so close with all of my professors...I was always emailing and meeting with them. And the small class sizes are great - it was so personal. I loved it!”
Monica Distefano '14
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 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 during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Transfer students are evaluated for eligibility after successful completion of their first semester.
Admission to the program requires an overall grade point average of at least 2.5, C or better in all required education courses, and where applicable, a passing score on the Massachusetts Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST). Note: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that students major in the Arts & Sciences. At Curry College, the Integrated Liberal Studies major fulfills this requirement in addition to their education major.
The Education majors are subject to revision based on any new Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education mandates.
Please see the course catalog (PDF) beginning on page 107, for important information regarding prerequisites and requirements for licensure and non-licensure education majors.
Child Youth & Community Education as a MAJOR
The child, youth, and community education major prepares students for careers working for organizations that provide educational programs for children, youth, and the community. Students receive a strong foundation in education-related coursework supplemented by a variety of field placement experiences to further refine and define their field of study.
Child, youth, and community education majors must fulfill the requirements of an education concentration.
Early Childhood Education (Licensure) as a MAJOR
The early childhood education major leads to an initial license in Massachusetts as an early childhood teacher of students with and without disabilities (PreK-2).
Elementary Education (Licensure) as a MAJOR
The elementary education major leads to an initial license in Massachusetts as an elementary teacher (levels 1-6).
Special Education (Licensure) as a MAJOR
The special education major leads to initial license in Massachusetts as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities (Pre-K-8).
Education as a MINOR
The education minor offers opportunities to students majoring in other areas to combine the study of education with a major in any discipline. This multidisciplinary approach prepares you for a wide range of careers in community based organizations, educational settings, hospitals or industries.
Curry's education program offers concentrations that give you an opportunity to study a specific profession in depth.
Create your own program of study through the individually initiated concentration, or select from concentrations in:
- Early Care and Education (meets the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care)
- School-Age Care and Education (meets the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care)
- Community Education
Dual-Degree Program 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).
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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
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.
Kelly Nichols '12 is already thriving in the Everett, MA school system not long after graduating from Curry College. The 2012 alum is a second grade teacher at the Whittier School. And it all started with the experience she gained as a student teacher at Curry.
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.