Education minors have the chance to extend their learning outside the classroom by participating in research, internships, and study abroad. 

Field-Based Experiences

Students who enroll in courses in the Department of Education have many opportunities to be in local schools as part of field-based experiences linked to their course work, even in the very first courses they take. Often, these field experiences can be a good way to evaluate whether education is the right choice of a program. 


Some examples of field placements associated with Education courses include:

  • Tutoring at Heard Street Academy (first- and second-year students)
  • Tutoring in AVID classrooms
  • Assisting in classrooms at New Citizens Center for English Language Learners
  • Yearlong pre-practicum/practicum placements in middle/high Worcester Public School classrooms
  • Observing special education classes


Students have opportunities to benefit from faculty expertise through coursework and mentorship as well as through participation in faculty research projects. 

Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Holy Cross prepares students for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Students majoring in biology, chemistry, classics, English, French, history, mathematics, physics, Spanish and visual arts are eligible to apply to the program. In addition to taking courses in the major, students enroll in education courses specifically designed to promote excellence in teaching.

The program places a special emphasis on issues surrounding urban education.

Students in the Teacher Education Program may elect to participate in a ninth-semester option that allows them to complete their student teaching requirement in the semester immediately following graduation. 

Learn more about the Teacher Education Program

Teaching Licensure in Chinese Language

The Department of Education offers licensure in teaching the Chinese language, the only undergraduate program in Massachusetts to offer this licensure.