Education: Minor

Study the psychological, historical, political and social dimensions of contemporary education.

With an education minor, you 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, you will complement your coursework with related field-based experiences as early as your first year.

In addition to the education minor, the Department of Education 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, effecting 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 you toward activism and vocational pursuits that create and expand opportunity, especially for historically underserved and marginalized populations.

Program Highlights

The education minor is a six-course program open to students of all majors. The minor allows students to study the field of education as a liberal arts discipline and is separate from the Teacher Education Program.

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Teacher Education Program

Learn how the Teacher Education Program can prepare you for licensure in Massachusetts.

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Field Experiences

Integrate your classroom learning with classroom practice through field experiences.

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Courses focus on the process of education (the characteristics of learners and effective teachers) to the social and cultural (education as social institution).

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