Education Studies Department
The Education Studies Department prepares Stonehill students to become knowledgeable, skilled and caring teachers of the highest caliber.
In keeping with the demands of teacher preparation in the 21st century, the Education Studies programs involve a marriage between pedagogical theory and liberal arts/science content. Literacy, numeracy, social studies, science and fine arts make up the content of the PK-12 school curriculum.
The ultimate goal is to enhance the total development of the individual while producing graduates who aspire to excellence for themselves, their peers, schools, communities and the education profession.
Education Studies Programs of Study
Stonehill’s Early Childhood Education program prepares students for the wonders and challenges of providing foundational education to children.
It leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities, PK-2.
Stonehill’s Elementary Education program equips future instructors with the skills needed to provide their students with the educational building blocks that will carry them through their formative years.
It leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Elementary, 1-6.
The Education Studies program is designed for students who wish to study the social science of education. This major does not result in licensure, but helps prepare students for graduate study or careers in education-related fields.
Education studies is also offered as a minor through the Education Studies Department.
Stonehill’s Secondary Education program provides students with the knowledge base needed to run a middle and/or high school classroom, whether their interests lie in conjugating verbs in French or dissecting frogs in a lab.
It leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in one of the following areas: Biology (8-12), Chemistry (8-12), English (8-12), Foreign Language – French (5-12), Foreign Language – Spanish (5-12), History (8-12), Mathematics (8-12).
Through a mix of pedagogy and field experience, Stonehill’s Special Education program prepares aspiring teachers to help their future students overcome challenges in the classroom.
It leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Teacher of Students With Moderate Disabilities, PK-8.
The Inclusive Education Master’s Degree Program will prepare students to deliver evidence-based instruction and intervention for individuals with disabilities in Pre-K to 8 settings.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Education by enrolling full-time on campus or in the Stonehill Teacher Residency Program.
Education Studies Curriculum
A major in a liberal arts or science and completion of the Cornerstone Program enable Stonehill College education studies students to acquire the requisite content knowledge necessary to become exemplary classroom teachers.
Education studies coursework, coupled with pre-practicum and practicum experiences, are designed to complement this content knowledge. Such experiences encourage students to develop a deep understanding of the application of pedagogical knowledge and how it can be applied in a variety of classroom, school and community settings.
Theory & Practice in a Program Crafted to Fit Your Goals
Through opportunities to observe, assist and work directly with students in designing and implementing content-specific instruction, Stonehill education students become reflective practitioners who apply educational theory to classroom instructional practice.
Together, Education Studies Department faculty, staff and students seek to:
- Make education more responsive to the evolving needs of society by investigating the complexity of culture, language and learning differences in today’s public, private and parochial classrooms
- Meet the learning needs of all students through the application of developmental and pedagogical theory to classroom practice
- Design instruction to ensure that all students experience success
- Create classroom materials that capitalize on student involvement and use multiple ways of knowing and expressing knowledge
- Use technology as a critical component of the curriculum, aiding both teaching and learning
Commitment to Excellence & the Greater Good
The Education Studies Department is committed to principles of personal development, democracy, inclusion, and the creation of a just and compassionate world. Together, we explore developmentally appropriate practice, methodology and technology while retaining a constant emphasis on education for civic engagement, self-awareness and humanism.