Program Overview

The Education Studies major and minor does not result in licensure, but helps prepare students for graduate study or careers in education-related fields.  

Our students have gone on to attend reputable graduate programs at institutions such as:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University

A Broad Curriculum Supported By Seasoned Instructors

As a non-licensure program, the Education Studies major affords students the flexibility to pursue subjects that interest them. Education Studies courses cover a broad range of topics, including foundational philosophies of education, childhood development theory, educating special populations, inclusive learning, curriculum design, and STEM pedagogy, among others. Whether your passions lie in speech pathology, social work, school psychology or other fields, this major enables students to chart their own path.

Students have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with seasoned faculty, who boast several collective decades of experience in various professional roles. Our award-winning educators have not only served as classroom teachers, but have also taken on secondary careers as authors and consultants at educational institutions like Harvard University and the National Head Start Family Literacy Center.

Featured Education Studies Courses

Foundations of Education

This course introduces students to the field of education. Built both on abstract and concrete experiences, two-thirds of course time is devoted to historic, social and philosophical foundations of education. Current issues and information concerning teacher certification are included in the course.

Developmental Theories

Developmental Theories focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, physical and cultural development of children (from conception through adolescence) and how their development impacts the learning and teaching process. The course emphasizes the application of theory and research from the field of psychology to the realm of teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

This course examines disabling conditions, legal requirements, and the instructional methods/techniques used for serving exceptional children and youth in the regular classroom, with strong emphasis on inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism. Fieldwork with students with special needs is required.

Meaningful Research Opportunities

Education Studies students are required to complete a faculty-facilitated internship at an education site. Internships in this field are designed to be practical and/or research-based experiences that marry theory and practice. Internships usually occur in conjunction with the senior Capstone project, which requires students to conduct meaningful research related to an issue or question that arose during their internship.

Previous internship sites include:

  • Horizons for Homeless Children (Roxbury, Massachusetts)
  • Skills Empowered (Foxborough, Massachusetts)
  • Our Lady of Assumption School (Lynnfield, Massachusetts)

Education Studies majors have access to world class research opportunities on Stonehill’s campus. The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) provides students of all majors the opportunity to conduct publishable research in partnership with a faculty member. The experience, which takes place on campus during summer break, gives students a taste of the graduate school research experience, complete with hands-on mentorship from professors.

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