The Education department at Lasell College prepares students for teaching careers through Connected Learning and supportive faculty. The curriculum also allows students to enter the licensure program immediately.

Faculty Bio

Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D.Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education Office: Brennan Library
Email: CRinaldi@lasell.edu

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.

Faculty Profile

Laura Commins, M.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of HistoryProfessor Laura Commins is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Lasell College.  

News Highlight

State Board of Higher Education Approves New Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice  Wednesday, December 17, 2014The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a new Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lasell that will offer students multiple concentrations in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Violence Prevention and Advocacy as well as a flexible Criminal Justice option. The online program launches in Fall 2015.

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