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.
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. Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and 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 one of the university’s newest programs, 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 MTEL prep. Framingham State’s membership in international honor societies for education - Alpha Upsilon Alpha and Kappa Delta Pi – 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
Spotlight on Education
Dr. Folashadè Solomon was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal Science Learning. This three-year study titled, "Embodied Physics: Using the Lenses of Physics and Dance to Investigate Learning, Engagement, and Identity Development for Black and Latinx Youth" begins in Fall 2021.
Child and Family Studies Major
TJ will be one of the university's first graduates in Child and Family Studies, with a minor in ASL. She is highly involved on campus with New Student Orientation, SUAB, SEALS, and more.
Special Education Teacher
After majoring in Early Childhood Education at FSU, Sam completed additional requirements to become licensed by the Teaching Council of Ireland, including learning to speak the Irish language, and is now employed as a special education teacher in Galway.
Secondary Education Minors:
- [NEW] PBTL/M.Ed. - Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Initial Licensure)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Licensure (PBTL)
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Art
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Early Childhood Education (Professional)
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Education Technology
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Elementary Education (Professional)
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Literacy and Language
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Mathematics
- M.Ed. Concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Secondary Education
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Special Education
- M.Ed. - Concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
- See more: Graduate Studies