Mount Ida College’s Professional Studies in Education Program prepares highly qualified teachers with a strong foundation in the study of children and their development. By receiving the skills necessary in child life, you are ready for your work as early childhood professionals or as teachers in public schools for grades PreK-2. Our practical, hands-on learning environment, also allows you to make a meaningful impact on your future work with children.

Career focused program

Suzanne St. Germain, Program Director, Ph.D., creates a curriculum that is complete with dedicated, accessible faculty. In her professional experience, she has designed and implemented education programs for students from the middle school level through the undergraduate level. Before coming to our college, she was in private practice working with children with head injuries. Her expertise is in the area of brain-based teaching and learning strategies regarding multiple learning styles.

“I have a purpose here at Mount Ida, which is to create a learning environment that prepares students for their future careers in the field of education,” she said. “My teaching approach is compatible with the learning styles of my students, enhancing their ability to retain and retrieve course content.”

Meaningful internships

Germain designs individualized internship experiences for students pursuing child-focused careers or obtaining a Massachusetts licensure as Teacher of Students Without and Without Disabilities, PreK-2. Through internships, students gain the opportunity to use their coursework to excel in internship settings. The outcome of these meaningful internships has proven to be successful, resulting in a 93 percent job placement upon graduating.

“It is our goal to prepare students for the future through meaningful, individualized, career-focused internships,” concluded Professor Germain. “A hallmark of our program is faculty engagement in assisting students as they choose an internship that will guide them on a pathway to future employment.”

When it comes to the video game industry, experience means everything. That’s why Mount Ida is proud to have game art and animation faculty with extensive industry experience. Our specialized educators offer the best resources and insights to fill the professional gaming industry with your ideas and passion. By collaborating with our professors, game art and animation majors learn about advanced 2D and 3D animation, game production, level design, special effects and conceptual art to create an individualized digital portfolio for lifelong careers.

Immediate connection with industry

“Having teachers that are currently in the industry or who have recently come from the industry gives our students an immediate connection with the field, said Eric Hunn, Program Director, B.F.A. “Our instructors bring with them a wealth of professional experience, and our small class sizes offer our students plenty of one-on-one time with instructors.”

Hunn has had the opportunity to work for some incredible companies, such as 38 Studios, Tom Snyder Productions and the Cambridge Interactive Development Corporation. As an award-winning animator, Eric’s thesis at the Rochester Institute of Technology took 2nd prize in the 2006 Brattleboro Animation Festival, and he was a finalist for the 2009 Marvel Motion Comic Contest. From all of these experiences, Hunn is grateful for the opportunity to give students a direct impression of what it’s like working on interactive entertainment for a profession.

Learning outcomes for success

“I believe the best way to teach is to give students a jumping point for personal growth,” concluded Professor Hunn. “We teach a wide variety of software in Game Art, but simply learning that software isn’t enough. It’s how you use those tools to reach people as an artist. It’s not just growing in the classroom — it’s taking the tools you’ve learned there and building something great with them.”

We believe the best education prepares you for anything – a career, graduate school, and discovering what you want to do next. That’s a Mount Ida education. From internships, experiential learning, networking events, and professional connections through faculty, we show you how to become “career focused.” In our Psychology Program, Michelle Barreto Wilson, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Ph.D., ensures the career development of her students.

“With my new role as program director, my direction has shifted from the single classroom to the student’s four-year education,” she stated. “My goal has always been to educate students in the diversity of psychological theory, practice, and application in a manner that goes beyond the classroom and beyond our campus.”

Psychological studies come alive

As Program Director, Professor Wilson focuses on the career development of her students in three ways. First, her curriculum centers on applied psychology, such as organizational psychology, which provides students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in psychology. Secondly, she offers an ongoing colloquium series that introduces students to various careers. Finally, Wilson hosts a workshop series that provides hands-on tutorials in practical psychology topics.

Becoming leaders in the field

“The Positive Development Research Lab is a great way for students to see not only where our psychological knowledge comes from, but also how to generate new psychological knowledge for others to use,” said Wilson. “The lab is currently researching the positive functions of regret. The research of lab participants focuses on regrets throughout adulthood and whether regrets can serve as an impetus for goal-directed behavior.

Through the lab’s various research projects, students are given the opportunity to participate in every facet of the research process, including data collection and data analysis. The undergraduate students have also presented their latest findings at national conferences, including The Gerontological Society of America and The Association for Psychological Science.