Education is a rich and varied field that extends beyond the field of classroom instruction.

The skills honed by trained educators—communication, leadership, conflict resolution, collaboration, adaptability and patience—are in high demand across fields, as are the characteristics of an engaging and inspiring presence, a lifelong love of learning and a desire to determine and exchange best practices. A degree in educational studies will prepare you for in-demand and influential roles in curriculum design and development, school administration and management, and educational policy at the local, state and federal government levels. Outside of education, these sought-after skills can be applied to training and development roles and human resources functions at companies and organizations of all sizes and in any industry.

A First-Class Experience

Get to know the people and programs that will define your academic journey.

Student-Faculty Research Highlights: Education

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty publish, exhibit and research. Present, compose and chair. Inspire and collaborate.

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Major in Educational Studies

Required courses:

  • EDUC1111 Great American Experiment: Education for All in a Diverse Society (SA) (SS) (SJ) 
  • EDUC2111 Learning, Teaching and the Elementary Curriculum OR EDUC2311 Learning, Teaching, and the Secondary Curriculum 
  • ­PSYCH2303 Child Development OR PSYCH2403 Adolescent Development (SA) (SS) 
  • EDUC3210/POLC3210 Politics of Education Policy (SJ)
  • IDS4194 Education Capstone Internship

Choose an additional five courses from the list below, one of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level:

  • ART3501 Methods and Materials Teaching Art
  • EDUC2202 Practical Music Skills (VCI)
  • EDUC2212 Teaching All students Grades 1-6
  • EDUC2213 Teaching All Students Grades 5-12
  • EDUC3211 Literacy Methods I      
  • EDUC3213 Math Methods for Elementary Grades
  • EDUC3212 Literacy Methods II      
  • EDUC3215 Exploration in Science
  • EDUC3300 Sheltered English Instruction: Teaching English Language Learners
  • EDUC3311 Managing the Classroom Learning Environment
  • EDUC3313 Math Methods for Middle/HS
  • EDUC3314 Science Methods Middle and High School
  • EDUC3317 Spanish Methods – Middle and High School
  • EDUC3318 English Instructional Methods Grades 5-12
  • EDUC3467 Educating Diverse Students
  • EDUC4491 Teaching Students with Disabilities for General Education Professionals
  • EDUC4493 Literacy and Language Development for English Learners
  • ENGL3307 Survey of Literature for Children
  • PSYCH2203 Social Psychology
  • PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathy
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship or practicum as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Students from the School of Education complete their student teaching at many sites in Boston, including Boston Latin School, Cathedral High School, Eliot Innovation School, Fenway High School, OLPH Mission Grammar School, Richard J. Murphy School, and the Maurice Tobin School.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

The student teaching practicum and capstone seminar in the final year of study are the culminating experience for students completing majors in education. The experience integrates supervised student teaching with a seminar that requires active reflection on instructional practice. Students complete a portfolio to demonstrate their achievement of the learning goals of the Education major.