If you have the desire and passion to transform the lives of others, become an educator. In the New England College Bachelor of Arts in Education program you will:
- Learn how to become an educator by being an educator, beginning in your first semester, throughout your four years, and in multiple authentic settings
- Discover how to make curriculum meaningful and engaging while connecting different content areas
- Collaborate with your faculty on effective teaching strategies that actively engage students and build scaffolds to help all students meet with success
- Capitalize on your strengths and learn to value constructive feedback
- Facilitate content expertise in ways that are unique to your individual students
- Grow and learn with amazing teachers and educational leaders by working collaboratively with professionals
- Identify and respect the power educators have to positively or negatively impact students learning in your classroom and throughout the rest of their lives.
Every semester you will have the opportunity to work with our partner schools in a variety of capacities. Some of these experiences will be with classmates and others independently. We continuously maintain our partnerships while also cultivating new opportunities. This allows Education faculty to stay connected to the changing realities of education as a social structure. Immerse yourself in teaching and learning in the final two independent placements prior to your final, full-time student teaching experience.
Bachelor of Arts in Education: Certification Areas
- Elementary Education K-6, K-8
- General Special Education K-12
- Physical Education K-12
- Secondary Education – English 5 – 12
- Secondary Education – Life Science 7 -12
- Secondary Education – Social Studies 5 – 12
- Theatre Education K-12
- Educational Communities
Learn more about the program’s learning objectives, requirements, core and elective courses by clicking here.
Education: Learn by Doing at New England College
Create and facilitate meaningful learning experiences in conventional and unconventional. There is no better way to learn about these opportunities than to actually experience the facilitation process. Work alongside professional educators: starting in your first semester and in every semester thereafter.
Build curriculum. You’ll learn how to modify and adapt curriculum in real-life school settings so all students can meet with success. Whether you are teaching first graders or juniors in high school you will be able to support all students. You will engage in a variety of courses that will help you meet the needs of the diverse learners in your future classrooms.
Teach a variety of subjects and develop the Habits of Mind to be an effective teacher. Learn from your faculty as they demonstrate effective teaching strategies. Discover how to get students excited about learning, even when learning may be difficult for them. See the power of believing in every student and making sure that instruction meets the needs of all students and helps them be successful. Become versed in the content that you will be teaching your students. Students majoring in elementary education must become versed in either English, social studies, math, or science. Students majoring in secondary education must become versed in the content associated with their area of certification: English, social studies, life sciences, theatre K-12, or physical education K-12.
Educate your students at every level. Spend time with students who are struggling learners. See how their needs are met and become versed in the laws and policies that support the education of all students. Every student in the Teacher Education program takes all the courses that would lead to a General Special Education K-12 certification. We believe you must be prepared to educate all children regardless of their talents or challenges.
Practical Experiences. Immerse yourself in teaching and learning throughout your program. You will take courses each semester that require you to actively engage with our partner schools. For example, you will observe and interview special education and related professionals, observe teachers in different grades teach math, create learning modules in different content areas, and attend school board meetings. Participate in practical experiences the semester prior to your final, full-time student teaching experience.
Career Opportunities in Education
In addition to seeking certification and becoming a K-12 teacher there are many other career paths available:
- Become a team leader or project manager
- Work as a paraeducator helping adolescents and youth
- Assist at a therapeutic riding school
- Direct an afterschool program
- Become an educator in a hospital, museum, or other organizational setting
While at NEC, take advantage of our numerous internship possibilities to find the path that is right for you.