Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Education:

Our Professional Studies in Education Bachelor’s Degree can put your career on an accelerated track.

A great educator is a facilitator of children’s minds. An education degree can shape your career. That is what you will find with our Professional Studies in Education Bachelor’s Degree.

At Mount Ida we want you to succeed and are here to help you plan your course of study, including exploring minors. As an Education major, we highly recommend you consider a Minor in Psychology.

The Early Childhood Education Concentration is approved as a teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our education concentration lets you build the knowledge, skills, confidence and first-hand experience to start a teaching career and excel in it. The Child-Centered Careers Concentration focuses on studying children and their development, addressing the context and culture of their lives, as well as the impact of a child’s ethnicity and gender. You will study in a supportive environment led by experienced professors, earning an education degree that prepares you to work with children and to have a positive impact on their lives.

The Professional Studies in Education Department emphasizes hands-on experience that translates directly to the workplace. You will work directly with children every semester in a variety of educational settings. You will interact with children throughout your four years in the Professional Studies Education Department, completing observations and establishing relationships with the children and teachers, while learning to:

  • Design and implement innovative lessons and activities
  • Use critical thinking skills to investigate the developmental domains of children
  • Develop behavior management strategies
  • Experience inclusive education for children with and without disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Identify the effect of social media on the developing child
  • Implement teaching strategies for diverse learners
  • Incorporate multiculturalism into the educational setting
  • Create a Professional Studies in Education Portfolio

In addition, the Professional Studies in Education Department includes off-campus internship experiences in urban and suburban settings that will offer you the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings. You will consult with the Professional Studies in Education Internship Coordinator to select a meaningful internship based on your interest.

After completing the Education program’s requirements at Mount Ida, you will have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for certification through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. In addition, if you are a licensure candidate you will have the coursework required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to apply for a license in PreK-2.

Within the Professional Studies in Education Department, you have the opportunity to select one of two concentrations:

  •  The Early Childhood Education (Massachusetts Licensure, PreK-2) concentration will prepare you for teaching children with and without disabilities, PreK-2.
  • The Child-Centered Careers (Non-Licensure) concentration is recommended if you are seeking a career working with children in a variety of settings.

The Professional Studies in Education Department requires 123-125 credits as follows:

  • 34 credits in core Education courses
  • 41-42 credits in one of two concentrations Early Childhood Education and Child-Centered Careers
  • 42-43 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 6 credits in required supporting courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • ED 103 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ED 219 – Language Acquisition
  • ED 306 – The Inclusive Classroom: Spanning the Learning Spectrum

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


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The Professional Studies in Education degree prepares you for employment in a variety of educational careers.

If you choose the Early Childhood Education Concentration you can become classroom teachers at the kindergarten through second-grade levels. Or, if you choose the Child-Centered Careers Concentration, you will be prepared to work with children in a variety of settings as childcare professionals working with children of varying ages, or as a developmental specialist, or even as a museum educator.

In addition the Child-Centered Careers Concentration offers an excellent foundation if you are interested in pursuing child-centered graduate studies.

  • Art therapist
  • Children’s librarian
  • Child life specialist
  • Early intervention: developmental specialists
  • Guidance counselor/school psychologist