• The student to faculty ratio at Curry

    The student to faculty ratio at Curry

  • First-year students who live on campus

    First-year students who live on campus

  • of first time, full-time students receive some form of financial aid

    of first time, full-time students receive some form of financial aid

  • Number of faculty and staff employed at Curry College

    Number of faculty and staff employed at Curry College

  • Number of traditional undergraduate students

    Number of traditional undergraduate students


The liberal arts foundation taught at Curry was really meaningful to what I do now. I remember that Curry wasn't the prototypical academic environment where you had a large class with lectures translated strictly from a textbook. Instead, there was real world language being communicated in a way that students could understand what the professional landscape was going to be like in three or four years.

Kieran Clarke, '84
Executive Vice President, Meredith Video Solutions
Major: Management

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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. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path also requires a second major (Integrated Liberal Studies) and completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).


  • The dual major in Integrated Liberal Studies provides a broad liberal arts background rich in content and supports the content-specific regulations from the MA DESE.
  • Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Special Education major.
  • Students must also pass two additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific test, General Curriculum (03).
  • The General Curriculum MTEL (03) is comprised of a Multi-subject subtest and a Mathematics subtest. A passing score on the Elementary Mathematics MTEL (53) will also satisfy the Mathematics subtest requirement.
  • Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching
  • Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.


Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.

Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for program completers during the 2015-2016 reporting year.

Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,  Office of Educator Licensure 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333.2196.

Prerequisite Coursework:
AE 1300 Competencies for the Prospective Educator 1.5
PSY 1400 Child Development 3
ED 1150 Exploring the World of Education 3
ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3

Core Coursework:
ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator 3
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED XXXX Special Education Sequence Requirement 3
ED 2700 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy 3
ED 3105 Institute on Learning Differences 2
ED 3190 Classroom Assessment 3
ED 3190L Assessment Lab: Reading 3
ED 3750 Sheltered English Immersion 3
ED 3985 Education Capstone: Integrating Research Based Practices 3

Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:
ED 3700      The Teaching of Reading/Field Observation 4
ED 3701 Field Observation and Participation 1
ED 3195 Fundamentals of Curriculum: Instructional Methods in Social Studies and Language Arts 3
ED 3197 Pre-Practicum I: Elementary 1
ED 3415 Advanced Curriculum & Assessment for Diverse Learners 3
ED 3455 Pre-Practicum II: Special Education 1
ED 4563 Senior Practicum: Special Education 9
ED 4563SM Senior Practicum Seminar 0

Related Requirements:
MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics 3
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers 3
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics 3
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology 3

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Alumni Educate Children with Autism in Abu Dhabi

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.

Institute on Learning Differences Gives Special Education Majors Unique Opportunity

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.

Education Honor Society

Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.

Education/Health Faculty News
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Congratulations to members of the Curry education and health faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!

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

Master of Education Programs
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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.

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