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Message from the Dean of Education

Greetings from the Dean of Education:

Welcome to Fitchburg State University’s Education Unit and Educator Licensure Office webpage. If you are currently a member of Fitchburg State University’s education community, congratulations on your choice of pursuing an education that will make a difference in the lives of children and young adults. If you are in the process of considering Fitchburg State as your educational home, I want you to know that we are excited about you joining us, and hope you will find our choice of programs exciting. We have an excellent faculty who are ready to join you in your quest to explore and expand your knowledge as an educator. I encourage you to visit Fitchburg State, in person or online, to learn more about our engaged learning community.

The Education Unit is very proud of our educator licensure programs that are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP/NCATE). Fitchburg State University is one of only eight CAEP/NCATE accredited programs in Massachusetts. This means that our programs have been reviewed by colleagues from the teacher preparation programs across the country. CAEP/NCATE standards demand the highest level of excellence in preparing future education personnel.

Fitchburg State also sponsors a Center for Professional Studies for school personnel, through its collaborations with area schools and school districts. The Education Unit collaborates with the CPS as well as the university's Graduate and Continuing Education Division, which also supports an extensive number of extended campus programs through educational partnerships with nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Taken together, these programs make the university's continuum of offerings a seamless system for educator preparation. Within our programs is a shared Conceptual Framework, as well as widespread incorporation of the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards for what accomplished teachers in all areas should know and be able to do.

The educator licensure programs at the university are supported by an Educator Licensure Office that facilitates and monitors licensure candidates' progress at all levels. This office also supports program faculty and staff responsible for verifying the eligibility of students to be admitted as education majors, student teaching practicum candidates, and endorsed candidates for initial and advanced licensure in their respective professional areas.

Fitchburg State is proud of its historic mission as a “teachers” university, in the context of an excellent liberal arts and science education. Whether you are a student, parent, faculty member, staff member, or education partner, we hope you find this webpage and related links useful. We welcome your suggestions for improving the content and delivery of our programs to better serve your needs. If you would like to come and talk to us, please give us a call @ 978-665-3239.