Welcome to the Education Department at Framingham State University! We take great pride in our history as the first public institution in the United States to prepare school educators and the excellent reputation our educator preparation programs have today. Our highly regarded and diverse faculty are exemplary educators, caring practitioners, and dedicated scholars and researchers. They will prepare and inspire you for this remarkable and rewarding profession that you have chosen.

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.

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.

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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