Our Mission:

The Department of Education’s programs are designed to prepare knowledgeable and skillful professionals who are committed to social justice and service to learners of all ages, families, and communities. We provide an integrated program of course work and field experiences that support students in making meaningful connections between theory and praxis. Our students use reflection, creativity, criticality, and research-based practices in the pursuit of academic excellence for the common good. As the first publicly funded teacher preparation program in the United States, we remain steadfast in the belief that innovative and responsive public education and service are vital to a socially just world.

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We offer undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate education programs leading to Initial and Professional educator licensure in Massachusetts. Approved for licensure by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), our education program is ranked at the highest national level by the U.S. Department of Education (Title II first quartile). We also offer the major in Child and Family Studies, designed for students interested in working with young children and their families as teachers or administrators in pre-school, childcare, early intervention or other community-based programs.

Our university has many resources to help prepare you. The Field Placement Office will help you set up your pre-practicum and practicum experiences in the field. The Centers for Early Childhood Education provide a teaching laboratory for students interested in teaching young children. The Chris Walsh Center offers opportunities for you to engage in internships and service learning experiences with local families and educators. CASA offers general tutoring and writing support. Framingham State’s membership in the Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education provides initiates with scholarship, career, and networking opportunities. 

We are an institution where individuals of differing cultures, perspectives, and experiences are welcomed, respected, valued, and supported. At a time when the cost of education has become prohibitive for many families, Framingham State University has proudly maintained both quality and affordability. We look forward to welcoming you into our community of learners.

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Spotlight on Education

Dr. Wardell Powell
Dr. Wardell Powell

Dr. Wardell Powell

Associate Professor

Dr. Powell is lead author, along with Dr. Kelly Matthews, on a $1.7 million AmeriCorps grant to establish the Framingham Teacher Residency. He was also selected in Fall 2022 as Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office (CDIO), providing leadership in advancing FSU's commitment to inclusion, equity, anti-racism, and diversity across the institution at the student, faculty, and staff levels.

Framingham Teacher Residency Program

Selin Aktas
Selin Aktas

Selin Aktas

Transfer Student, Elementary Education Major

I chose Framingham State University because of its highly rated education program. I’ve had a passion for this field for a long time and I think my learning style will be a great fit for the program.

Kelsey Carvalho
Kelsey Carvalho

Kelsey Carvalho ('21, B.S. in Child and Family Studies)

Lead Residential Child Care Worker, Framingham Center for the Deaf

Recipient of the Education Department's 2021 Child and Family Studies Award

Since graduating Framingham State I’ve been working at The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC), where I started as an intern my senior year. I’ve worked in a few different departments and now work as a Lead Residential Child Care worker at the Walden School at TLC. I'm thankful for the connections I made at FSU that helped lead to my career!

To train and develop human minds and character is the most inspiring work in the world.
Ellen Hyde, Class of 1862 - Framingham Normal School Principal, 1875-1898
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Susan Dargan

Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral & Social Sciences, Education Department
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Brenda Maurao

Lecturer, Education Department
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Julie Zoino-Jeannetti, Ph.D.

Professor, Education Department
Kelly Matthews

Kelly Matthews, Ph.D.

Liberal Studies Advisor and Coordinator and Associate Professor, English Department

Contact Information:

O’Connor Hall 126
508-626-4734 - fax

teachereducation [at] framingham.edu (teachereducation[at]framingham[dot]edu)


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The Chris Walsh Center

The Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest at Framingham State University is dedicated to helping families and educators of children with unmet needs. 

Accreditation and Program Approval Information

In order to achieve high standards of excellence, we encourage the development of teachers who are knowledgeable, skillful, caring, inclusive, ethical and professional. The philosophy, goals and purposes of our programs are consistent with professional standards established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as required for approval of programs to prepare candidates for teacher licensure and for reciprocal licensure through the Interstate Certification Compact.

Susan Dargan, PhD

Dean of Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences

O'Connor Hall 302
508 626 4867 (Phone)
508 626 4040 (Fax)

sdargan [at] framingham.edu

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