Helping Future Teachers Thrive

A well-rounded curriculum, career-focused advising and a wealth of classroom experience opportunities give education studies students a distinct advantage.

Program Overview

The Elementary Education major leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Elementary, 1-6.

Providing Holistic Instruction to Tomorrow’s Teachers

In addition to completing courses in the professional and practicum strands, elementary education students take various liberal arts and science courses in compliance with guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Topics covered include composition, American literature, history, geography, U.S. government, child development, mathematics and science.

Under the guidance of our experienced professors, who have served in various roles at Boston College, Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital, students develop a comprehensive understanding of subject matter. This enables them to provide holistic instruction in their future classrooms. Whether sitting in a lecture or working in the field as student teachers, degree candidates learn to navigate the intricacies of today’s classrooms, from issues of inclusivity to using technology for learning enhancement.

Our elementary education graduates have gone on to teach at schools that include:

  • Easton Public Schools (Easton, Massachusetts)
  • Nantucket Elementary School (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
  • Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (Hyde Park, Massachusetts)
  • Freeman-Kennedy Elementary School (Norfolk, Massachusetts)

Featured Elementary Education Courses

Reading: Theory and Instruction

This course introduces principles and procedures for teaching the fundamentals of reading. It emphasizes current reading research, methodology, multicultural concerns, reading disability, innovative practices, grouping patterns and changing language philosophies. 

Classroom Management

This course looks at the relationship of classroom organization to academic achievement and classroom behavior. Students will analyze alternative classroom designs, patterns of interactions, and hierarchies of learning to create a well-organized and effective learning environment.

Speech and Language Development

This course investigates normal children’s acquisition of sounds, structures and meanings of their native language. The stages of language acquisition discussed in light of: (a) the organization and description of adult language, (b) biological and cognitive development, and (c) universal and individual patterns of development.

Bolstering Professional Experience, Making an Impact

Elementary education students also have access to other opportunities that bolster their professional experience before they even graduate. The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable full time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.

The experience helps to solidify and define students' career choices, both through graduate school decisions and in post-college employment. All SURE Scholars and faculty mentors receive a stipend for an 8- or 10-week full-time summer session.

Camp Shriver

Camp Shriver at Stonehill College officially launched its opening session on July 8, 2013 with 58 campers from the Brockton area. Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor as well as social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.

Camp shriver campers and volunteers take a photo together. Learn more about Camp Shriver

Career Development Resources for Students

The Stonehill Career Development Center (CDC) offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By working with our mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Education Studies Specific Career Resources

  • Education Mock Interview Week – Alumni in administrative positions in school districts prepare students for job interviews.
  • Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (weeklong and semesterlong programs) give students critical field experiences.
  • CDC staff members regularly work with Education Department faculty to present programs on preparing for teaching jobs from resume and cover letters to interviewing.

Earn Your Master's in Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education Master’s Degree Program prepares students to deliver evidence-based instruction and intervention for individuals with disabilities in Pre-K to 8 settings. Stonehill education students can complete a traditional four-year undergraduate program and contact the Office of Graduate Admission in their junior year for information about enrolling full-time on campus or in the Stonehill Teacher Residency Program to earn a Master of Education.

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Contact Information

Margaret E. Pierce

Associate Professor of Education, Education Studies Department Chair
College Center 110C

Lisa Biederwolf

Administrative Assistant II