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

A great educator helps to mold children’s minds. A great education degree can shape your career.

That’s what you’ll find with our Professional Studies in Education Bachelor’s Degree. Approved as a teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, our education degree lets you build the knowledge, skills, confidence and first-hand experience to start a teaching career—and excel in it. You’ll study in a supportive environment led by experienced professors, earning an education degree that prepares you to become licensed to work with children—and to have a positive impact on their lives.

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Education degree emphasizes hands-on experience that translates directly to the workplace. You’ll work directly with children every semester, beginning in the Longfellow Laboratory Preschool on the Mount Ida College campus. You’ll interact with children at the preschool throughout your four years in the Professional Studies in Education Degree Program, creating lessons and activities, 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 Degree Program includes off-campus internship experiences in urban and suburban settings that the offer you the opportunity work with children in a variety of settings. You’ll consult with the Professional Studies in Education Internship Coordinator to select a meaningful internship based on your interest.

After completing your education degree at Mount Ida, you’ll have the coursework and field experience necessary to get a license as an early childhood educator PreK-2 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or child care licensing from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Within the Professional Studies in Education Program, 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 child-centered career. Courses in this concentration will prepare you for working with children in a variety of settings.

The Professional Studies in Education Department features small classes led by attentive, engaged and accessible faculty who have years of experience as professionals working with children. In tandem with the All-College Curriculum requirement, you’ll take coursework in subjects such as:

  • Child development
  • Early childhood education
  • English immersion
  • Multicultural education and diversity in schools
  • Design and assessment of individualized education plans
  • Early literacy and diagnostic evaluation
  • Curriculum Design: Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  • Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) preparation
  • American schools and society
  • Behavior Management

Students completing the required courses for this concentration will also have the coursework and field experience necessary to apply for licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
The Professional Studies in Education Degree requires 122-124 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 33 credits in core education courses
  • 51-52 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 38-39 credits in one of two concentrations (Early Childhood Education and Child-Centered Careers)

The Professional Studies in Education Degree prepares you for employment in a variety of educational careers. Students who choose the Early Childhood Education Concentration can become classroom teachers at the kindergarten through second-grade levels. With the Child-Centered Careers Concentration, you’ll be able to find immediate employment as a child-care professional, private school teacher, museum educator or overseas teacher. In addition, the Child-Centered Careers Concentration can lead to additional education for specialized careers such as:

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

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