Kathleen McNamara, Chairperson
Director Licensure, Placement & Supervision: K. McNamara
The Department of Education Studies offers both major and minor programs in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and a minor in secondary education. 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) and Secondary (see licensure program description below).
The mission of the Department of Education Studies is to prepare students to become knowledgeable, skilled and caring teachers of the highest caliber. Teacher preparation in the 21st century involves a marriage between pedagogical theory and liberal arts/science content.
Literacy, numeracy, social studies, and science, as well as fine arts 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 Education students to acquire the requisite content knowledge necessary to become exemplary classroom teachers.
Education coursework, coupled with pre-practicum and practicum experiences, are designed 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 Education students become reflective practitioners who apply educational theory to classroom instructional practice.
Together, Education faculty, staff and students seek to:
- Make education more responsive to the evolving needs of society by investigating the complexity of culture, language, and learning differences in today’s public, private and parochial classrooms;
- Meet the learning needs of all students through the application of developmental and pedagogical theory to classroom practice;
- Design instruction to ensure that all students experience success;
- Create classroom materials that capitalize on student involvement, and utilize multiple ways of knowing and expressing knowledge;
- Utilize technology as a critical component of the curriculum, aiding both teaching and learning.
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.
The ultimate 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.