Office: College Center 110C
E. Stringer Keefe
Director Licensure, Placement & Supervision:
The Department of Education Studies offers majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Education Studies. The Department also offers minors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Education Studies.
Stonehill College is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to endorse licensure in the following areas: Early Childhood (PK-2), Elementary (1-6), Secondary Education (5-12, 8-12), and Moderate Disabilities (PK-8) (see licensure program description below).
The mission of the Department of Education Studies is to prepare students to become knowledgeable, skilled and caring educators of the highest caliber.
The Department of Education Studies is committed to principles of personal development, democracy, inclusion, and the creation of a just and compassionate world. Together, we explore developmentally appropriate practice, methodology, and technology, while retaining a constant emphasis on education for civic engagement, self-awareness and humanism.
Licensure Program Mission
Teacher preparation in the 21st century involves a marriage between liberal arts/science content and pedagogical theory.
Language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, fine arts, and foreign language make up the content of the PK-12 school curriculum. A major in a liberal arts or science and completion of the Cornerstone Program enable Stonehill College licensure students to acquire the requisite content knowledge necessary to become exemplary classroom teachers.
Education coursework combine with pre-practicum and practicum experiences to complement this content knowledge. These experiences encourage students to construct deep understandings of the application of pedagogical knowledge to a variety of classrooms, schools, and communities. Through opportunities to observe, assist, and work directly with students, designing and implementing content specific instruction, Stonehill College licensure students become reflective practitioners who apply educational theory to instructional practice.
The goal of the Stonehill College Department of Education Studies is to enhance the total development of the individual while producing graduates who aspire to excellence for themselves, their peers, schools, communities, and the education profession.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of the education major, Stonehill students will produce evidence of their attainment of the following goals and objectives:
Goal 1: Education majors demonstrate the competence in oral and written communication skills necessary to be effective in their professional practice.
- Students will communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences using oral explanation and a variety of symbol systems, including visual display
- Students will communicate effectively in writing with a wide range of audiences using language and format appropriate to the purpose
- Students will communicate effectively with diverse learners
- Students will demonstrate ethical, culturally proficient, and collaborative communication practices
- Students will provide learners and/or families with effective, constructive feedback
Goal 2: Education majors demonstrate the professional disposition necessary to be effective in their professional practice.
- Students will take an active and open stance to professional learning
- Students will engage respectfully in discussions about students, families, school professionals, and communities
- Students will engage professionally with school/organization personnel in field placements, pre-practica, internships, and practica
- Students will collaborate effectively with colleagues and education professionals
- Students will show improvement in their practice based on targeted feedback and personal reflection
Goal 3: Education majors have the content knowledge necessary to be effective in their professional practice.
- Students will demonstrate fluent knowledge of relevant curriculum content
- Students will apply principles of child development to the design of developmentally appropriate materials and experiences
- Students will design and teach coherent lessons on a clearly defined topic, appropriately anchored in a sequence that shows breadth and depth of content knowledge
Goal 4: Education majors have the pedagogical skills necessary to be effective in their professional practice.
- Students will use effective practices to develop safe, healthy classroom communities that foster student engagement and learning
- Students will write meaningful learning objectives
- Students will design and administer assessment that monitors student learning, provides purposeful feedback on progress, and furnishes evidence to inform instruction
- Students will manage attention, momentum, routines, space, time, and discipline to ensure effective operation in the learning environment
- Students will design and teach lessons that skillfully integrate pedagogical techniques, including content-specific pedagogy, to promote the learning of all students