Students who are preparing for careers in education will find a variety of opportunities at the college. Each program integrates understanding of learning processes, professional skills, and broad-based knowledge of content in the specific field.
Lasell College's Connected Learning approach is incorporated throughout the education curriculum based on current practice and research, diverse field-based experiences, and supportive faculty-student relationships. Students in licensure programs take many courses that embed service-learning, beginning with ED 110, Teaching and Learning in American Schools, and culminating in the practicum/student teaching experience in the senior year. Each program culminates in a capstone experience that features practice-based research with problems arising from and explored in classroom teaching. Students complete practicum experiences all four years in suburban and urban school settings through our partner school district sites. For more information please visit the Education Department home page.
Lasell offers state-approved licensure programs at early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels, as well as a non-licensure curriculum & instruction option. Majors and concentrations offered in the department include the following:
Early Childhood Licensure (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Elementary Licensure (Grades 1-6)
Secondary Licensure (Grades 8-12)
Students in any of the education programs must meet department standards for progress in their major. To enter and continue in any education program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and earn at least a B- in each ED course required for the major or concentration. In addition to the GPA and grade requirements, students must fulfill the prerequisite of passing both Communication & Literacy subtests of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to enrollment in any junior-level courses required for an education program. Prior to enrollment in all senior-level ED courses, licensure students must meet the GPA and minimum grade requirements and pass all required MTEL tests. (Some individual courses have additional pre-requisites.)
The Education Department also offers a Master of Education Degree with two areas of concentration: Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. Students may be eligible to earn a masters degree in one of these fields through a fifth-year program. The Graduate Program is described elsewhere in the catalog.