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 will interact with children throughout your four years in the Professional Studies Education Department, 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 program 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 licensure and/or certification in Massachusetts.

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 career working with children in a variety of settings.

The Professional Studies in Education program requires 124-125 credits as follows:

  • 39 credits in core education courses
  • 41-42 credits in one of two concentrations (Early Childhood Education and Child-Centered Careers)
  • 43-44 credits in arts, sciences and humanities

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

  • EN 103 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ED 219 – Language Acquistion
  • ED 306 – The Inclusive Classroom

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. 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 will 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
  • Early intervention: developmental specialists
  • Guidance counselor/school psychologist