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School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Education
Bachelor of Science

An education degree to shape your career and make you a skilled facilitator of shaping children's lives.

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Mount Ida’s Professional Studies in Education program is led by experienced, accessible faculty who guide students in building the foundation of a successful career with children. Our students embark on a hands-on educational journey at Mount Ida that provides them with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and first-hand experience to begin and excel in a teaching career.

The Professional Studies in Education program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education and Secondary Education.

Preparation for the real world.

The Professional Studies in Education program offers two concentrations: Early Childhood Education or Child-Centered Careers. If you choose the Early Childhood Education concentration, you’ll be prepared to be a classroom teacher at the kindergarten through second-grade levels. The Child-Centered Careers concentration will prepare you to work with children in a variety of settings as a childcare professional or to continue on to advanced child-centered graduate studies.

A unique aspect of Mount Ida’s Education program is an individualized internship experience. Education majors consult with our program internship coordinator to select a meaningful internship based on their interests. It is one of the primary reasons that the placement rate for our graduates is so high.

We are here to help you plan your course of study, including exploring minors. As an Education major, we highly recommend you consider a Minor in Psychology.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Professional Studies in Education degree program in our College Catalog.

Program Requirements - 123-125 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 40 credits - Program Requirements Courses
  • 41-42 credits - Concentration Courses
  • 42-43 credits - All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • ED 209 - Children's Literature
  • ED 211 - The Child, Environment, and Behavior
  • ED 219 - Language Acquisition
  • ED 306 - The Inclusive Classroom: Spanning the Learning Spectrum
  • D 319 - Children Coexisting in a Social Media World

Living-Learning Communities

For first-year students in the School of Business, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, we offer the CONNECT program to ensure a smooth transition into college life. CONNECT students live together in a newly renovated residence hall, where they also take classes, have close access to professional advising, peer mentors, tutoring, and additional co-curricular programs.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Education faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Susan Donnellan

Assistant Professor, Professional Studies in Education

Students who get to study with Professor Donnellan cannot escape her enthusiasm or passion for her profession. A classroom may be behind the walls of a campus building, or across the ocean in Ireland, where she took a group of students on a service-learning trip to explore the educational system in Ireland. A life-changing trip for the students, many have vowed to return to teach. “As a teacher of teachers, I have the opportunity to impact the future of education. ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Our Education graduates go on to excellent careers in a variety of child education and childcare-related fields, or on to advanced studies, including:

  • Teacher (kindergarten _ second grade)
  • Childcare professional
  • Developmental specialist
  • Museum educator
  • Child-centered graduate programs
  • Education graduate programs

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

I don’t have a job, I have a purpose – to engage my students on an exciting, interactive, meaningful pathway that will bring them into a world of discovery.
Suzanne St. Germain

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Professional Studies in Education in the School of Social Science & Humanities