Members of the faculty in the Elementary Education program are educators who retain high standards and expectations for students. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the Professional Standards of Teaching and the Curriculum Frameworks as set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is a national leader in education and has made educator effectiveness a top priority. The state’s rigorous teacher preparation standards allows licensing in Massachusetts to be reciprocal with many other states in the US.
The program demands that students engage in extensive fieldwork. Each student must experience numerous sites with diverse learners. Students complete a minimum of three teaching and learning requirements before engaging in full-time student teaching.
All students in the Elementary Education program double major in Liberal Studies. This helps them learn how to construct and analyze critically multiple forms of knowledge across the arts and humanities, philosophy and religion, and the social and natural sciences.
In keeping with the mission of Hellenic College, the program promotes social justice as one of the essential concerns of teacher education. We facilitate the development of exemplary educators by integrating social justice in coursework, fieldwork, advisement, and professional development activities.
Literature and History, two complementary fields of study, span the breadth and probe the depth of the human experience from the beginning of civilization to our own time. In tandem, Literature and History allow students to make sense of the world and the human experience, establish a sense of connection to their ancestors and contemporaries, and develop a capacity for perspective, empathy, and understanding. The major curriculum helps students develop the skills of analysis, research, oral and written expression, and cultural literacy. These transferable skills will serve students well regardless of their chosen career, as well as arm them with the tools to pursue graduate degrees in Literature, History, and related fields.
Dr. Kathleen Ryan and Dr. Nicholas GansonCo-Directors, Literature and History Program