Location: Main Office: McKay Campus Building C, Room, C176
Chairperson: Dr. Ronald P. Colbert, 978-665-3493, McKay C172
Secretaries: Carolyn Hughes, 978-665-3193 or Beth Lawrence, 978-665-3308
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitchburg State offers a variety of specialized teacher education area programs including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education and Special Education.
Our curriculum is only one of seven of the sixty colleges or universities in Massachusetts that has earned recognition by some of the largest professional organizations of educators for children and youth that promote excellence in the content of teacher preparation programs including:
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- National Middle Level Association
- Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI)
- International Reading Association (IRA).
We have also earned distinction from the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). We are most proud that our high quality programs have met their rigorous national standards and that our programs and teacher candidates can be favorably compared nationwide.
As a pre-service teacher candidate, you will also have numerous opportunities to work in a variety of real-life settings including our McKay Campus School, which houses a preschool, an elementary school, and the middle school Fitchburg Arts Academy. Our local public schools and varied community childcare centers will provide you additional enrichment opportunities. We believe these specially designed yearlong field experiences will better prepare you for the realities of your teaching career.
All teacher education candidates in the Education Department who will be endorsed for licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education carry a double major; that is, they complete academic requirements in a liberal arts and sciences major, titled Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) and those of their education major. In addition, to the dual major, students choose a minor to complete in English, mathematics, history, or social sciences. Teacher candidates begin their education courses and fieldwork in their freshman year and student-teach in their senior year.
Two Year Rotation of Courses (PDF)
Four Year Plan of Study
Colbert, Ronald, Department Chair, collaboration on teacher education standards, teacher preparation, program reviewer leading to national recognition for elementary programs
Cortezia, William, Middle school education, social studies, curriculum and instruction, sociology of education
Day, Danette, Teacher education, educational leadership, mindful education
Farron-Davis, Felicia, Severe disabilities, quantitative and qualities research, English language instruction
Heiligenstein, Janna, Sheltered English immersion
Howard, Anne, Severe disabilities, special education
Joseph, Ruth, Science and social studies for students, special education, assessment
LaFrance, Denise, Math, science
Lambe, Kathleen, Assessment, educational leadership, elementary science and math
Murray, Nancy, Emotional/behavioral disabilities,autism spectrum disorders, instruction and assessment in reading
Nichols, Joann, Early childhood,psychology of education, fabric arts
Rosa, Susan, Inclusive education for PreK-12, Responsive Classroom, nonverbal communication
Shapiro, Robert, Behavior analysis, behavior support
Stokes, Shari, Classroom management, inclusive classroom, collaboration, differentiating instruction
One of the more impressive facilities at the university is the McKay Arts Academy, a PreK-8 Innovation school. This school, located right on the campus, provides students in teacher preparation programs access to classrooms where they can observe and teach. Without leaving the campus, teacher candidates can combine what they are learning in their courses with what occurs in public school classrooms and, thus, enhance their understanding of educational theory and practice.
The Education Department offers state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with computer technology and have been recently renovated. Our teacher candidates enjoy small class sizes and learn in inviting, comfortable classrooms.
Program at a Glance
Field Experience (Student Teaching)
Clubs and Organizations
Anthony, Room 102
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg MA 01420