Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D.Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education
Office: Brennan Library
Students who are preparing for careers in education will find a variety of opportunities in the Education Department. 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 through curriculum based on current practice and research, diverse field-based experiences, and supportive faculty-student relationships. Each program culminates in a capstone experience that features practice-based research with problems arising from and explored in classroom teaching.
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): Interdisciplinary Studies major with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education Licensure (grades 1-6): Interdisciplinary Studies, English, or Humanities major with a concentration in Elementary Education
- Secondary Education Licensure (grades 8- 12): English or History with a concentration in Secondary Education
- Non-Licensure: Interdisciplinary Studies major with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction
Students in any of the education programs must meet department standards for progress in their major. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 is required to enter and continue in any education program. In addition to the GPA requirement, 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. Licensure students must fulfill the prerequisite of passing all required MTEL tests and meeting the 2.75 GPA requirement prior to enrollment in all senior-level courses. (Some individual courses have additional pre-requisites.)
The Education Department also offers a Master of Education Degree with two areas of concentrations: Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities.