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Undergraduate

Education

Pursue a teaching degree at Assumption and excel in the classroom, inspire your future students and obtain teaching licensure. Master two disciplines - teaching and a specific content area - helping you to stand out as a highly respected professional in the field of education.

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Great teachers are always in demand. Teaching is a rewarding career and the Assumption faculty is dedicated to helping you chart your path to becoming an educator. When you major in education at Assumption, you will develop deep content knowledge and diverse pedagogical skills, as well gain valuable hands-on experience in the classroom. Graduates from our program earn a double major and a Massachusetts Initial Teaching License. Your coursework, fieldwork, and student teaching are designed to prepare you for success in your own classroom. The education department offers intensive and ongoing advising for students within the program to familiarize them with the requirements of the education major, as well as current regulations for teacher licensure. If you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, you’ll have the opportunity to pair a specific academic major with the education major, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the subject areas you will teach. The education faculty at Assumption are former classroom teachers and scholars who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that they enjoy sharing with their students.  Ongoing collaboration with teachers in local public and private schools allows the University to offer a program that is informed by innovative, current research and explores emerging best practices for effective classroom instruction.

To help you become the best teacher you can be, Assumption believes in providing students hands-on classroom experience. The education courses you will take in pursuit of a teaching degree will include multiple opportunities to engage in Worcester-area classrooms, starting in your first year and culminating in full-time student teaching.

Assumption University offers the following state approved teacher preparation programs for the Massachusetts Initial license in the following areas: 

•    Elementary [grades 1–6] 
•    Biology [grades 8–12] 
•    Chemistry [grades 8–12] 
•    English [grades 5–12] 
•    General Science [grades 5–8] 
•    History [grades 5–12] 
•    Mathematics [grades 5–8 or 8–12] 
•    Spanish [grades 5–12]

For undergraduate students interested in Special Education, the Education Department offers a special, five-year program enabling a student to complete both a Bachelor of Arts degree in a liberal arts or science and the Master of Arts degree in Special Education. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible for a Massachusetts Initial license as an elementary, middle, or secondary teacher as well as a Massachusetts Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities [grades PreK-8 or 5–12].

Assumption education majors interested in teacher licensure generally apply to the education major during their sophomore year. Education students are required to complete an appropriate major in the liberal arts or sciences and must successfully complete the requirements for a specific licensure path.

Learning Goals of the Major in Education 

  • By the conclusion of their studies in the Education major, Assumption University students will demonstrate: 
  • conceptually sound lesson planning derived from research-based methods 
  • effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students 
  • competent subject matter knowledge 
  • the ability to improve practice based upon self-evaluation of teaching 
  • a commitment to professional obligations and responsibilities. 

Learn about Assumption University’s Mathematics Academy Leadership in Teaching Program.

Program Contact

Cathleen K. Stutz, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Education
508-767-7553 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 167

An Ideal Place to Learn to Teach

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Hours Each Student Spends in 1-12 Classrooms
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Students Placed in 26 Local Schools to Complete Field Work

Program Curriculum

  • MISSION STATEMENT 
    The Department of Education at Assumption University prepares its students to teach effectively in a safe classroom environment. The department also strives to educate its students to exemplify good character and integrity in their professional lives.

    LEARNING GOALS 
    By the conclusion of their studies in the Education major, Assumption University students will demonstrate:

    • conceptually sound lesson planning derived from research-based methods
    • effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students
    • competent subject matter knowledge
    • the ability to improve practice based upon self-evaluation of teaching
    • a commitment to professional obligations and responsibilities.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION 
    To achieve excellence in teacher preparation, Assumption programs emphasize liberal arts and science study; an array of preprofessional courses; and guided field experience and supervised teaching practice [practicum] in area schools. This combination provides a mutually reinforcing program of study designed to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable, competent, and reflective.

    Assumption University offers state approved teacher preparation programs for the Massachusetts Initial license in the following areas:

    • Elementary [grades 1–6]
    • Biology [grades 8–12]
    • Chemistry [grades 8–12]
    • English [grades 5–12]
    • General Science [grades 5–8]
    • History [grades 5–12]
    • Mathematics [grades 5–8 or 8–12]
    • Spanish [grades 5–12]

    For undergraduate students interested in Special Education, the Education Department offers a special, five-year program enabling a student to complete both a Bachelor of Arts degree in a liberal arts or science and the Master of Arts degree in Special Education. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible for a Massachusetts Initial license as an elementary, middle, or secondary teacher as well as a Massachusetts Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities [grades PreK-8 or 5–12].

    ADVISING AND BECOMING AN EDUCATION MAJOR
    It is recommended that students meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator (LPC) in the Education Department as early as their first year, if they have any interest in teacher licensure. After a student meets with the LPC, their name is placed on the PRE-EDU major list which is sent to the Registrar’s Office. Students begin by taking Stage 1 courses, which are open to all undergraduate students, but preference is given to PRE-EDU majors.

    Students meet with the LPC each semester for advising about course selection, program requirements, and their progress in the Education major.

    Students interested in teacher licensure apply to the Education major during their sophomore year. Once accepted into the Education major (Stage 2), students subsequently declare their major in elementary (1–6), middle (5–8), middle/secondary (5– 12), or secondary (8–12) education. Students who successfully apply to the Education major are permitted to take Stage 2 courses within their respective chosen licensure option. The Stage 3 courses, Practicum and Seminar, are open only to Education majors who have met the retention criteria specified in the catalog.

    Individuals who complete approved programs under the Education major are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 45 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement.

    Note: Assumption University responds to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in matters of teacher licensure. The University reserves the right to modify its major in Education programs accordingly. All Assumption students are alerted to changes in the education program as is appropriate.

    TEACHER LICENSURE AREAS 

    • Elementary, grades 1-6: Teacher candidates must choose a content major in biology, chemistry, English, environmental science, history, mathematics or Spanish
    • Middle, grades 5-8: Teacher candidates must choose a content major in general science, mathematics
    • Middle/Secondary, grades 5-12: Teacher candidates must choose a content major in English, history, Spanish
    •  Secondary, grades 8-12: Teacher candidates must choose a content major in biology, chemistry, mathematics.

    The curricular requirements that pertain to each of the licensure areas are found below. Students interested in one of the options should plan accordingly when selecting courses of study as early as the Stage 1 courses (prior to applying to the major).

  • Students planning to seek licensure as elementary teachers (1–6) should meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator during their first year for program advising and declare their intent to apply by the fall of the sophomore year. Students must apply to the major during their sophomore year. Prior to formal admission into the major, students may enroll in introductory Education courses (Stage 1) during the first year and sophomore year.

    Students wishing to pursue the Elementary Education Major must complete the following REQUIRED COURSES and must obtain a concurrent major of study in one of the following core academic disciplines: English, Spanish, history, math or science, following the Elementary Education Track within that discipline (where indicated), as listed in the Academic Catalog and Advising Guide.

    REQUIRED COURSES for the Elementary Education Major

    STAGE 1: (open to all undergraduate students)   Field-based training
    EDU 101: Teachers and Teaching in American Schools  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 120: Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 221: Science in the Elementary Curriculum  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 260: Teaching Students with Special Needs  Instructor’s discretion
    STAGE 2: (open only to Education majors)  Field-based training
    EDU 302: Teaching English Language Learners  Yes; EDU 302F (25 hrs)
    EDU 323: History and the Social Sciences in the Elementary Curriculum  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 324: Mathematics in the Elementary Curriculum  Yes; EDU 324F (25 hrs)
    EDU 325: Literacy Development and Instruction  Yes; EDU 325F (25 hrs)
    Required Prior to STAGE 3: (open to all undergraduate students)   Field-based training
    ENG 130: English Composition  No
    LTE 140: Introduction to Literature course (preferred) or LTC 140; SPA 204  No
    ENG 263: Children’s Literature  Instructor’s discretion
    MAT 114: Elementary Functions (or higher)  No
    MAT 150: Numbers and Operations for Educators  Instructor’s discretion
    PSY 290: Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood  No
    One, three-credit course in Art or Music that satisfies the CORE requirements  No
    One science course, which must have a laboratory component, may be integrated lab: BIO 140: Inquiry Biology for Educators (strongly recommended)   Instructor’s discretion
    One history course: *HIS 180 (*strongly recommended)
    Optional, but recommended: Courses that cover History and Social Science Subject Matter Knowledge: in order of most coverage: HIS 359, HIS180, HIS 181, HIS116, HIS114, POL 201. Additional options with limited coverage of frameworks: HIS: 115, 117; ECO 110; GEO 100; POL: 110
     No
    STAGE 3: (open only to Education majors who have completed all retention criteria)   Field-based training
    EDU 420 & 420S: Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education  Yes
    Optional, but recommended:   Field-based training
    EDU 222: Technology Integration Across the Curriculum  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 265: Effective Classroom Management  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 330: The Middle School: Concept and Curriculum (5-8)
    Prerequisite: PSY 281: Psychology of Adolescence and Maturity
     Yes; EDU 330F
    MAT 151: Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis for Educators  Instructor’s discretion
    Courses that cover History and Social Science Subject Matter Knowledge:
    HIS: 114, 115, 116, 117, 180, 181;  ECO 110; GEO 100; POL: 110, 201
     No
  • Assumption College currently offers state-approved programs in the following fields and at the following levels:

    • biology (8-12)
    • chemistry (8-12)
    • English (5-12)
    • general science (5-8)
    • history (5-12)
    • mathematics (5-8; 8-12)
    • Spanish (5-12)

    Students planning to seek licensure as a subject-specific middle/secondary teacher should meet with the Licensure Program Coordinator during their first year for program advising and declare their intent to apply by the fall of the sophomore year. Students must apply to the major during their sophomore year. Prior to formal admission into the major, students may enroll in introductory Education courses (Stage 1) during the first year and sophomore year.

    Students wishing to pursue the Middle/Secondary Education major must complete the following REQUIRED COURSES and must also complete a major of study in their chosen academic discipline: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, or Spanish, as listed in the Academic Catalog and Advising Guide.

    REQUIRED COURSES for the Middle/Secondary Education Major 

    STAGE 1: (open to all undergraduate students)   Field-based training
    EDU 101: Teachers and Teaching in American Schools  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 140: Teaching and Learning in the Middle/Secondary Schools  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 260: Teaching Students with Special Needs  Instructor’s discretion
    Required Prior to STAGE 3: (open to all undergraduate students)  Field-based training
     PSY 281: Psychology of Adolescence and Maturity  No
    STAGE 2: (open only to Education majors)  Field-based training
    EDU 302: Teaching English Language Learners  Yes; EDU 302F (25 hrs)
    One subject specific methods course from the following: (depending on content major) Yes (25 hours)
    • EDU 342: Curriculum and Methods in English (5-12)
     

    EDU 342F

    • EDU 343: Curriculum and Methods in Foreign Languages (5-12)
     EDU 343F
    • EDU 344: Curriculum and Methods in History and Social Science (5-12)
     EDU 344F
    • EDU 345: Curriculum and Methods in Mathematics (5-8; 8-12)
     EDU 345F
    • EDU 346: Curriculum and Methods in Science and Technology (5-8; 8-12)
     EDU 346F
    EDU 330*: The Middle School: Concept and Curriculum (5-8)
    *Optional for 8-12 licensure, but REQUIRED for 5-8 & 5-12 licensure
     Yes, EDU 330F* (25 hours)
    EDU 332F (5-8; 5-12) (1-credit field experience, taken in place of EDU 302F and EDU 330F if enrolled in EDU 302 and EDU 330 concurrently)  Yes, EDU 332F (30 hours)
    EDU 333F (5:8; 5-12) (1-credit field experience for math, science, and Spanish majors)  Yes, EDU 333F (25 hours)
    EDU 341: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (5-12) (English and history majors)  Yes, EDU 341F (25 hours)
    STAGE 3: (open only to Education majors who have completed all retention criteria)   Field-based training
    EDU 440 & 440S: Practicum and Seminar in Middle/Secondary Education  Yes
    Optional, but recommended:   Field-based training
    EDU 222: Technology Integration Across the Curriculum  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 265: Effective Classroom Management  Instructor’s discretion
    EDU 330: The Middle School: Concept and Curriculum (5-8)
    Prerequisite: PSY 281: Psychology of Adolescence and Maturity
     Yes; EDU 330F
    MAT 151: Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis for Educators  Instructor’s discretion

     

  • Fifth Year Option for the Master of Arts in Special Education 

    Initial License

    The Special Education program offers a special five-year program that enables an Assumption University undergraduate student to complete requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts degree in an area of the liberal arts and sciences and the Master of Arts in Special Education degree leading to eligibility for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12). Students enrolled in this program will be eligible for Massachusetts licensure as an elementary, middle, or secondary teacher and teacher of students with moderate disabilities.

    Undergraduate students who are admitted to the graduate program on early decision must be eligible for an Initial License as an elementary, middle, or secondary teacher. If admitted to the program, they may begin taking graduate courses during the senior year and complete the master’s degree requirements in the fifth year of study at the University.

    Assumption undergraduate students who are considering early admission for the fifth-year master’s program should consult with the 5th year program advisor during the spring semester of the junior year to discuss eligibility and application procedures and to plan a course of study.

    Admission Requirements for Fifth Year Option

    Assumption University undergraduates who seek early admission to the Master of Arts in Special Education program must meet the following standards:

    • Have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in their major field of study.
    • Have a major in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12 for which the Massachusetts Department of Education issues a license and for which the College has a state-approved program.
  • Students interested in deepening their content and pedagogical knowledge of science, technology, and mathematics beyond the elementary education major are encouraged to consider concentrating in Elementary STEM. Students completing this program will equip themselves with specific knowledge of the STEM subjects they will teach as elementary school teachers, as well as the capability to spark the interest and ability of future STEM students.

    Required Courses for the Concentration in Elementary STEM (6)

    • BIO 140 Inquiry Biology for Educators
    • MAT 150 Numbers and Operations for Educators
    • MAT 151 Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis for Educators
    • EDU 221 Science in the Elementary Curriculum
    • EDU 222 Technology Integration Across the Curriculum
    • EDU 324 Mathematics in the Elementary Curriculum
  • A minor in education is a good option for those students interested in studying the broader social and foundational dimensions of education, without the requirements for teacher licensure. A minor in Education is available in consultation with the Licensure Program Coordinator. The student who declares the minor in education must take a total of six courses (18 credits) in education and related disciplines. The following four courses are required in addition to two elective courses selected in consultation with the Licensure Program Coordinator and approved by the Education Department Chairperson.

    Required Courses for the Minor in Education (4):

    • EDU 101 Teachers and Teaching in American Schools
    • EDU 260 Teaching Students with Special Needs

    One of the following sets of courses:

    • EDU 120 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School AND
    • PSY 290 Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood

    OR

    • EDU 140 Teaching and Learning in Middle/ Secondary School AND
    • PSY 281 Psychology of Adolescence and Maturity

    Possible Elective Courses for the Minor in Education (2):

    • ABA 350: Applied Behavior Analysis: Evidence-based Interventions
    • ABA 450: Applied Behavior Analysis: Implications for Practice
    • BIO 140 – Inquiry Biology for Educators
    • EDU 265 – Effective Classroom Management
    • ENG 263 – Children’s Literature
    • HRS 119 – Introduction to Human Rehabilitation Services
    • HRS 121 – Human Development and Disability Across
    • MAT 150 – Numbers and Operations for Educators
    • MAT 151 – Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis for Educators
    • PSY 290 or PSY 281 (if not used to satisfy an above requirement)
    • PSY 210 – Social Psychology
    • PSY 253 – Psychology of Learning
    • PSY 392 – Raising Happy and Successful Children
    • SOC 121 – Principles of Sociology

    *Note: No more than 2 PSY courses will be counted towards the Minor in Education.

Faculty

Jessica Audet de la Cruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Education Associate Professor, Education
Kelly Benestad
Visiting Instructor of Education/Field Placement Coordinator
Thomas Brindisi
Adjunct Faculty- Education
Constance Cardillo-Backoff
Adjunct Faculty - Education
Lisa D'Souza, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Christopher Dodge
Adjunct Faculty Education
Dr. Karyn Ferdella
Adjunct Faculty/Education
Melissa Franchi
Adjunct Faculty- Education
Samantha Goldman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education Department Chair, Education
Casey Handfield
Adjunct Faculty - Education
Eric M. Howe, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty- Education
Theresa Kirk
Adjunct Faculty- Education
Laraine Pincus
Adjunct Faculty - Education
Kathleen B. Scibelli
Assistant Professor of Practice, Education
Cathleen K. Stutz, Ed.D
Assistant Professor of Education
Nanho S. Vander Hart, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Education Director of Special Education Director of Transition Specialist Program
Elizabeth Walsh, Ed.S.
Assistant Professor of Practice, Education

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

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Pre-Practicum: Field-Based Experiences

All teacher candidates complete multiple pre-practicum embedded within coursework. Through early exposure to best practices, Assumption’s licensure candidates become better aware of the intricacies associated with teaching in urban and suburban school districts. Required pre-practicum not only span the ages/grades covered by the candidate’s license, but also occur in a variety of settings and include students with special needs and English Language Learners. Elementary and Secondary teacher candidates are granted opportunities to complete 75 hours of observation, practice teaching methods, and reflect upon sustained, authentic feedback from practitioners and methods professors. Field experiences are designed to support students in seeing the connections between theory and practice, and prepare licensure candidates to work with students from diverse backgrounds as well as in high-need areas. Students work with the field-placement coordinator to determine appropriate pre-practicum and practicum experiences and to ensure successful matches to supervising practitioners in the field. Assumption currently partners with:
  • Worcester Public Schools
  • Wachusett Regional School District
  • Hudson Public Schools
  • Auburn Public Schools
  • Shrewsbury Public Schools
  • Grafton Public Schools
  • West Boylston Public Schools
  • Algonquin Regional High School
  • Westboro High School

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more. Each education major at Assumption completes a 360-hour practicum experience as a capstone.


Career Paths

Assumption education graduates are in high-demand from a number of schools throughout the region.

Advanced Math and Science Charter School

Auburn, MA Public Schools

Boston, MA Public Schools

Braintree, MA Public Schools

Chelsea, MA Public Schools

Enfield, CT Public Schools

Hartford, CT Public Schools

Hudson, MA Public Schools

Littleton, MA Public Schools

Marlborough Public Schools

Milford, MA Public Schools

Nashua, NH Public Schools

Pope John XXIII High School, Sparta, NJ

St. Joseph's School, Fitchburg, MA

St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, MA

St. John the Evangelist School, White Plains, NY

St. Peter-Marian Jr.-Sr. High School, Worcester

Shrewsbury, MA Public Schools

Wachusett Regional School District Public Schools

Watertown, MA Public Schools

Wilmington, MA Public Schools

Worcester, MA Public Schools

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.


Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

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Dual Degree Programs

Apply as a high school senior to an undergraduate and graduate program with one application. If admitted, you will be enrolled in both programs - allowing you to seamlessly transition from your undergraduate studies into one of our graduate programs. We offer the following dual degree programs:

Graduate Schools

Not only will Assumption University prepare you for your teaching degree, but also for your pursuit of an advanced degree. Education graduates have attended Assumption University; Boston College; Boston University; Bridgewater State University; Providence College; Tufts University; UMASS - Amherst and University of Connecticut.

The Assumption University Mathematics Academy (AUMA)

Camp AIM (The Assumption Institute of Mathematics is a weeklong summer day camp for local first and second-year high school students to have fun with mathematics and learn in a hands-on environment. Camp AIM is directed by Assumption faculty and facilitated by participants in Assumption's Leadership in Teaching Program. The Leadership in Teaching Program is recruiting now for Summer 2024. The Assumption Institute of Mathematics  

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