The Education Department at Holy Cross invites students from a broad array of disciplines to study the psychological, historical, political and social dimensions of contemporary education. Within an education minor students can dive deep into examining the processes of teaching and learning or focus on critically analyzing the cultural and programmatic aspects of schooling. Mentored by faculty who utilize their renowned scholarship to impact the local community, students complement their coursework with related field-based experiences as early as their first year.
In addition to the education minor, the Education Department offers a Teacher Education Program, which leads to an Initial license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the secondary or middle school level. Students in this program are prepared to become highly effective, reflective, justice-seeking educators, whether actively teaching in a classroom, affecting policy or leading an education-related nonprofit. Consistent with the mission of the College and the Jesuit principles that guide us, both the Education Minor and the Teacher Education Program are explicitly oriented to social justice. The programs seek to direct students toward activism and vocational pursuits that create and expand opportunity, especially for historically underserved and marginalized populations.