Education Department

Become an active, contributing citizen in a global society as we prepare you to shape tomorrow's minds. 
educators in training working in class

We offer a variety of specialized teacher education area programs including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Special Education and Educational Studies.

Our curriculum is only one of seven of the sixty colleges or universities in Massachusetts that have 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.

Majors and Concentrations

Early Childhood Education (PreK-2)

Pursue an initial teacher licensure as an early childhood teacher of students with and without disabilities (PreK-2).

Elementary Education (1-6)

Pursue initial teacher licensure (grades 1-6) by completing an elementary education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS).   

Early Education and Care (Non-licensure)

Develop skills and competencies to foster the growth and development of young children, infancy to 8 years.

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

Pursue initial teacher licensure as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities (PreK-8) and as a teacher of elementary students (1-6) by completing a special education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS).

Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All levels)

Pursue initial teacher licensure as a teacher of students with severe disabilities (all levels) by completing a special education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS).

Educational Studies

For people interested in working with children and families, but don't plan to become a licensed teacher.

Middle School Education General Science (5-8) Initial Licensure

Combines core courses in general science, 5-12 education, and licensure specific coursework with multiple field-based experiences in middle school settings.

Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

Graduate Degrees

Graduate Certificates



Course Rotation, Plan of Study, and University Catalog

Meet Our Faculty

Education Faculty

Licensure Information

Education Unit & Educator Licensure Office

Find practicum dates as well as more information about our licensure office. 

Beyond the Classroom

Field Experience

We're proud of the success our graduates find and it's the strong regional network of pre-practicum, and practicum (student teaching) sites that prepares them for their career. 
Read more about: Field Experience

Education Club

Club meetings are informal with lots of time to chat, meet friends, plan events, and learn instructional techniques and activities for the classroom.
Read more about: Education Club


We're proud to have a chapter of the education international honor society right here on campus. A great way to get involved, make friends and prepare for your career. 
Read more about: KAPPA DELTA PI

Student Support

In addition to broader university support services, we've prepared a list of some more commonly requested information.
Read more about: Student Support

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More Information

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.

We have also earned distinction from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation CAEP. 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  the 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. 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.